Hailing from the small town of Arbois in eastern France, this renowned chocolatier has been in business for well over a century, and is now run by fourth-generation owner Édouard Hirsinger. Awarded the title of MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France, France's most prestigious contest for craftspeople) for his choc-making prowess in 1997, Hirsinger has created treats for film stars and prime ministers, but long resisted taking his talents overseas. He appears to have relented in recent years, however, as the first Hirsinger boutique outside France opened in Ginza in 2012. That shop closed down in 2014, but the brand got a new start in Tokyo with the 2016 launch of this Harajuku outlet, where over 30 kinds of creations can be sampled and picked up. There's a catch, though – entrance is by reservation only, so you'll need to call or email in advance to get in. This time, we think it just might be worth going through the trouble.
2F, 4-26-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||12noon-7pm / closed Tue|
|Transport:||Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin lines)|