When you think of Japanese sweets, mochi rice cakes and colorful goodies that accompany tea probably spring to your mind. However, did you know that Japan also makes their cakes just as dainty, tasty, and gorgeous as well? Here is my list of the Top 3 places where you can fully indulge on your sweet tooth!
With the mission statement of making cakes “that can fill your heart with happiness,” Harbs boasts about their cakes which are large but designed with the female customer in mind. Indeed the size and cost of Harbs’ cake slices are huge, but I can promise you that once you take a bite, you won’t regret it! You can literally feel as you are floating in cake heaven as your teeth sink into the soft and delicious cake. The Mille Crepes Cake and Fresh Fruit Cake are their most popular, and you can even buy the entire cake (for a heftier price..) However, one tiny frustration among customers is the fact that Harbs does not reveal the calorie count of each slice of heaven, so, indulge at your own risk!
Also, for those who are not as fond of sweets, don’t worry because Harbs also has sandwiches, salad, pasta, and of course soothing tea to go along with your meal! Also, if you would like to enjoy your cake at home, there is a take-out option.
This is actually a chain which now has 495 stores all over Japan, which can be found in any random shopping mall or even just a corner of some street! Actually, Ginza Cozy Corner is not a cafe but a place where you can buy cake, cream puffs, cookies, and their other products to take home and enjoy! Their cakes are just smaller than the slices at Harbs, and their prices are more reasonable.
Of course there are the usual favorite suspects like mille crepe, matcha chiffon, and strawberry shortcake, but they also have seasonal flavors that you can only get for a limited time! For example, they will have 7 different kinds of kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) flavored cake/sweets for the upcoming Halloween!
Also, when you buy a cake, the store will put it neatly in a box complete with dry ice, napkins, and a small fork, which can make a cute little present for a special occasion!
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This is the place to go if you feel like bingeing on small bite size cakes as well as pastas, salads, and other savory foods (if you get tired of the sugar rush).
Sweets Paradise is an all-you-can-eat eatery and offers over 30 kinds of sweets for only 1,530yen! However, depending on the shop location, the allocated time you can binge is from 70 to 90 minutes.
Trust me, this is more than enough time to fill yourselves to the brim with second and even third helpings, as the food is really in small, easy-to-eat sizes!
Sweets Paradise even takes reservations for birthday parties and you will even get a birthday serenade and special birthday plate! It’s really a fun place to go even if you are just looking to kill some time.