February would be a rather unspectacular month if it wasn’t for that one magical day called Valentine’s. Spirits are high, with couples everywhere celebrating their love. In Japan, this is no different. The way it is celebrated, however, is different. Unlike in the Western world, Valentine’s day in Japan is not about showing some appreciation for your woman. Instead, it is all about the man! Some of you might already know this, but in Japan, it is up to the ladies to hit the stores and find the perfect gift for their loved one. Usually, this gift comes in the form of a box of chocolates. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a Japanese girlfriend or if you happen to be in Japan with your girlfriend around Valentine’s day, you might want to point that out and get yourself some chocolate!
The following three spots are perfect to either get a nice box of chocolates or to take a seat and indulge in chocolate cakes, pastries, or drinks right then and there!
The Lindt Chocolate Café located in Ginza serves a heavenly selection of chocolate creations made with the famous Swiss Lindt chocolate. This shop was the very first outpost of Lindt in Asia and features original items exclusively sold at this café. This includes their famous profiteroles, which consist of a crispy cream puff filled with ice cream and swimming in a pool of warm chocolate. The combination of hot and cold and the added crispness of the puffs is to die for.
The Israeli-born Max Brenner Chocolate Bar has been a favorite of New Yorkers for years. The hot chocolates and decadent fondues seem to be especially popular. Their Japanese branch, located in the posh Omotesando area, is the perfect destination for chocolate lovers.
For those of you who aren’t fans of big chains and are out to find a hidden gem, Green Bean to Bar Chocolate located along the Meguro river might be the perfect spot. In this artisan chocolate and pastry shop, everything is handmade. What makes a visit even more worthwhile is the fact that customers can observe the chocolate artists working in the large windowed kitchen while enjoying one of their signature chocolate bars and other treats.
You and your valentine will definitely enjoy one of these spots on February 14th!