Intersect by Lexus Jewel Drop Kakigori1/6
Photo: LexusIntersect by Lexus Jewel Drop Kakigori
Zespri kiwi parfait2/6
Photo: Sotheby League Ivy Company
Melonpan Scone Ice Cream Sandwich3/6
Photo: Sotheby League Ivy CompanyMelonpan Scone Ice Cream Sandwich
Earl Grey Gelato4/6
Photo: LoftEarl Grey Gelato
Chavaty Peach Crêpe5/6
Photo: KichiriChavaty Peach Crêpe
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Photo: Blue Bottle JapanKon x Blue Bottle Kakigori

9 refreshing summer desserts in Tokyo to help you cool down

Cool down with these icy sweet treats that not only taste good but are totally Instagrammable too

By Kaila Imada
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These days, half the fun in finding a cool dessert is the fact that it’ll make the perfect fodder for your social media feeds. Of course, it should taste amazing, too. Tokyo has got a serious sweet tooth and the options are endless, especially over the hot months of summer when you'll find creative desserts like uniquely flavoured ice cream (black sesame or sake, anyone?) and kakigori shaved ice that are made to help you cool down. We know the camera usually eats first, but don’t let these sit around for too long or you’ll be drinking puddles instead.

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Summer sweets

Earl Grey Loft Ginza
Earl Grey Loft Ginza
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Earl Grey Gelato

The Loft Foodlab at Ginza Loft welcomes a pop-up outpost of & Earl Grey, a speciality tea gelato shop from Kobe. The highly Insta-genic gelato is served in a cube-shaped box. Flavours include earl grey rich milk, butterfly pea tea and earl grey, pistachio and green tea, mango passion and jasmine tea, exotic earl grey with masala chai, and chocolate earl grey. There will also be a special Ginza Loft limited flavour made with milk and lemongrass herbal tea. The pop-up shop is open until August 31. ¥550 (two flavours), ¥616 (three flavours)

Blue Bottle x Kon
Blue Bottle x Kon
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Kon x Blue Bottle Kakigori

Blue Bottle’s coffee and milk cream kakigori is a collaboration with renowned Nishihara café Kon. The dessert features fluffy ice that's been shaved with a custom-made machine and drenched with Blue Bottle coffee syrup and salted caramel sauce. For added texture, nuts and candied orange peels are sprinkled on top. The kakigori is available at selected Blue Bottle cafés including the ones at Roppongi and Aoyama. ¥1,320 eat-in, ¥1,296 takeaway

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Intersect by Lexus Jewel Drop Kakigori
Intersect by Lexus Jewel Drop Kakigori
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Intersect by Lexus Jewel Drop Kakigori

This unique shaved ice dessert at the Lexus café is served with 'jewel drops', or small marbles filled with carbonated jelly and a fruit mix including kiwi, blueberries, raspberries and even edible flowers. Simply sprinkle the ‘jewels’ over the shaved ice and house-made yogurt ice cream, pour the accompanying glass of grape juice over the dessert, and dig in. ¥1,200

Zespri Kiwi Parfait
Zespri Kiwi Parfait
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Zespri Kiwi Parfait

Did you know kiwi fruits come in two colours? Afternoon Tea Tea Room is whipping up colourful kiwi parfaits at all their shops across Japan. This team-up with kiwi brand Zespri features both the fruit’s green and gold varieties. Here you can choose from two parfaits: one features green and gold kiwi layered with rosemary and lemongrass jelly, lemon tea whip, milk gelato and a tea crumble, while the other has earl grey jelly, mascarpone whip, cheese gelato, mango and tea crumble, and of course, green and gold kiwi. ¥1,353, with tea ¥1,573

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Yakult
Yakult
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Yakult Soft-Serve Ice Cream

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In Asia, no fruit juice ever compares to the probiotic goodness of Yakult when it comes to refreshments. The iconic Yakult multi packs are widely available at supermarkets, but here's one better. Until August 1, Shibuya 109’s Imada Kitchen is hosting the Yakult Ice Cream Shop pop-up, serving seven different variations of Yakult-flavoured ice cream. The Instagram-ready desserts range from shakes to sorbet and they each come topped with an adorable Yakult biscuit. From ¥450

Melonpan Scone Ice Cream Sandwich
Melonpan Scone Ice Cream Sandwich
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Melonpan Scone Ice Cream Sandwich

The Tokyo Station outpost of Bakers Gonna Bake is offering a seasonal selection of ice cream sandwiches featuring the shop's signature melonpan scones. Each scone is cut in half and filled with your choice of either pistachio, banana or strawberry ice cream. Pair the ice cream sando with a refreshing melon cream soda or melon cream soda shake, both only offered for takeaway. Ice cream sandwich ¥420, melon soda ¥480, melon cream soda shake ¥580

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Kihachi Miyazaki Mango Pie
Kihachi Miyazaki Mango Pie
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Kihachi Miyazaki Mango Pie

Those who know their fruit know that the sweet and fragrant Miyazaki mangoes are highly coveted with a steep price tag to match. Kihachi Aoyama is serving this special mango but in a pie as a seasonal take on the restaurant’s signature neapolitan pie. Inside you'll find slices of ripe mango layered with flaky pie crust, rich custard cream and fresh whipped cream. ¥1,980 per slice

Chavaty Peach Crêpe
Chavaty Peach Crêpe
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Chavaty Peach Crêpe

Indulge on a sweet crêpe topped with fresh, seasonal peaches at Chavaty in Omotesando. Available only for the summer, the crêpes are topped with peaches macerated with lime and lychee, mint grapefruit jelly, vanilla yogurt, and a fragrant rosemary compote. Complement the crêpes with a cup of tea and you’ve got a sweet start to your summer. ¥1,298, ¥1,738 with tea

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Louange Tokyo
Louange Tokyo
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Louange Tokyo Le Musée Summer Sweets Soft Cream Parfait

This gorgeous ice cream cone from Louange Tokyo Le Musée looks like a mini work of art. The cone is filled with a decadent pistachio soft-serve ice cream, and topped with raspberries, strawberry red wine sauce and delicate fiantine wafers. As it’s served in a handy waffle cone, it can be enjoyed on-the-go for a quick cool-me-down this summer.  ¥1,296

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