These days, half the fun in finding a crazy cool dessert is the fact that it’ll make the perfect fodder for your social media feeds. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if it also tastes amazing. We know the camera usually eats first, but don’t let these sit around for too long or you’ll be drinking puddles instead of the eight icy concoctions listed below.
This dessert fits in perfectly with all things rainbow-y, fluffy and the internet’s latest obsession: unicorns. Under the cloud of candy floss you’ll find a swirl of creamy Hokkaido milk soft serve that’s then decorated with your choice of cotton candy colour and fun toppings including sprinkles, popcorn, chocolate crunch and whatever else your sweet tooth desires. Definitely unicorn-approved. ¥550.
Enjoy the contrasting mix of sweet and savoury with this combo of fried potatoes and ice cream. The ice cream flavour is classic vanilla courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s made with fair trade ingredients, topped off with crunchy potato pieces that have a hint of truffle salt. On the side you’ll have perfectly crisp potato wedges that you can dip into the ice cream – a tasty alternative to a spoon. Available July 13-September 18. ¥510.
Known for their seasonal twists on the classic eton mess dessert, the latest beauty from Franze & Evans is topped with plump cherries, fresh whipped cream and a delicate meringue, all layered nicely on a bed of cherry jam and chocolate shake. You’ll want to sip on this one slowly so you don’t end up with brain freeze. ¥1,580.
Dig into this overflowing ice cream sundae filled with seasonal berries, cream cheese, whipped cream, Oreos and a decadent blueberry sauce that’ll have you licking up every last drop. This particular berry special is only offered at the shop’s Shibuya location, so be sure to drop by if you’re in the area. Share one with your friends or get one all for yourself – we’re not judging. ¥1,080.
It’s almost too cute to eat: treat yourself to one of these adorable shaved ice desserts that just so happen to be shaped like bears. Available in five refreshing summer flavours, the fruity concoctions include orange and strawberry, in addition to classic flavours including matcha and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup). The bear is finished off with a scoop of Ouca’s speciality ‘Japanese ice’ (similar to a gelato), then affixed with eyes and the sort. ¥640.
Not your typical scoop of ice cream, this one’s rolled into small cylindrical shapes and topped with a variety of delicious toppings. Hailing from New York, the shop offers ice cream in four basic flavours and over 20 mix-in ingredients as well as 40 toppings to customise your very own rolled ice cream creation. Be sure to watch the rolling in action – it’s mesmerising. ¥780.
This dreamy dessert is everything you’d ever want in a sweet treat, all piled nice and high into a tall cup before devouring. The matcha waffle is a Japanese take on the classic Hong Kong-style egg waffle: it’s drizzled in kuromitsu then filled with a mountain of fresh cream, matcha-flavoured mascarpone and homemade strawberry jam. Topping it all off are a generous scoop of Uji matcha ice cream and fresh strawberries. We guarantee this one will blow up on your Instagram feed. ¥1,980.
Customise your very own sweet creation at this brand-new Shimokitazawa shop. Not your typical kakigori, the texture of this dessert reminds us of snow as it’s made from the fine milk shavings also used in Korean bingsu (the local version of kakigori). The process is simple: add as much or as little to your snowy mountain of goodness as you like – each gram of toppings will set you back ¥3. Toppings range from Oreos and Kit Kats to fresh fruit and edible pearls. Starting at ¥680.