Festive Spirit and Full Stomachs: Christmas-themed Sweets in Tokyo for This Year’s Holiday Season
It’s that time of the year—lights are being put up, festive tunes are playing, and the shops in Tokyo are brandishing their newest lineup of Christmas-themed sweets. In one final push for the year, the decorations are coming out in full force on desserts and confections all over the city.
Originally a botanical lifestyle brand, it’s no wonder that this café goes back to nature in the conception of their holiday sweets menu. Their Christmas Tree Pancake is a magnificent tower of matcha pancakes, generously lathered with almond whipped cream in a delicious remake of a snowy Christmas tree. The natural shades of red and green make it pleasantly festive, complete with a tiny strawberry Santa sitting by the tree.
Botanist Café official website: http://botanistofficial.com/shop/
And here’s another tree for the menu! Embrace the cold season with some good old ice cream, made extra special plenty of holiday spirit. Adorned with colorful oiri (Japanese traditional candy), bauble-like raspberries dusted with sugar and tiny candy ornaments, it looks just like a tree done up with Christmas decorations. You’ll forget all about the cold when you’re enjoying such a delicious ice cream cone.
Coisof official website: http://coisof.jp/
A master of elaborate crepes, this humble shop in Soshigaya-Okura brings their best game to the Christmas scene with their beautiful limited edition crepes exclusively for the month of December. They’re really more like flower bouquets than crepes, artistically stuffed with berries and cream and topped with a Christmas decoration cookie. At Creperie Tirol there’s not just one, but three different varieties for their Christmas lineup—Strawberry Tree, Chocolate & Berry Tree, and Fruit Wreath.
Official website: https://www.instagram.com/creperietirol/
Monarch of London
Since they had a whole range of Halloween cupcakes last season, this time it’s the smoothies’ turn to get the holiday treatment. Monarch of London has done it again—their smoothies light up the store with their girly pastel colors and Christmassy flavors, bound to catch the eye of every sweets-loving person. Crowning the fresh smoothies are adorable Christmas figures, including ice cream reindeers and whipped cream snowmen. They’re made in limited quantities every day, so make sure you hurry down and grab their special smoothies before they run out.
Monarch of London official website: https://www.monarchoflondon.com/
Baby King Kitchen
It’s not always just the food, but also the place that makes you feel welcome and merry. This adorable café in Koenji has decked the halls for Christmas and they’re ready to usher in the holiday season with a smorgasbord of desserts. Their French toast plate has been decorated to the nines, wonderfully remade into a Christmas wonderland. Here you’ll find Santa, reindeers, snowmen and gifts—the plate is a gift in itself to reward yourself at the end of dinner.
Baby King Kitchen official website: http://www.babykingkitchen.com/
Holiday donuts are a staple at this beloved chain, and they’re back this year end with an exciting variety of flavors to celebrate the season. Among the lineup is Mister Donut’s classic Pon de Ring, now a Pon de Wreath in chocolate, pistachio or raspberry and generously sprinkled with rainbow chocolate. You can also get a snowman donut, both in strawberry and white chocolate. There are countless stores all over Tokyo, so why not pop by Mister Donut and bring home a delicious Christmas treat for yourself and your loved ones?
Mister Donut official website: https://www.misterdonut.jp/
This other donut chain isn’t going to lose, either—their Holly Jolly Holiday range includes the Strawberry Cheese Santa, Double Caramel Reindeer, Happy Banana Tree and Snowman Chocolate donuts for a delightful festive snack. With such a fun and delicious variety, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. Or you could just get them all. Krispy Kreme even sells them in party-size sets, so you can share out the Christmas spirit with everyone.
Krispy Kreme official website: http://krispykreme.jp/
Shop after shop is firing up the winter season with their Christmas lineup of sweets, but the more the merrier. This only comes once a year, after all, so head out and enjoy the special sweets that this cozy season has to offer!
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