I feel like muffins are the healthier breakfast equivalent of cupcakes, and recently, I have been more into finding muffins than their sugary counterpart. They go perfectly with coffee or green tea and are the perfect thing to eat for breakfast or at tea time during the day. Here is a list of four shops within Tokyo where you can find delicious muffins to satisfy your cravings.
A.R.I is a shop that specializes in baked goods and their muffins are definitely worth trying. A.R.I is right outside of the Tokyo Metro Omotesando station. The owner Ari Morioka studied at a school in New York and came back to her hometown Aoyama to open up A.R.I. The muffins sold at A.R.I do not have any preservatives and are hand-made. There are two sizes available: small (302 yen) and big (486 yen). Not only can you buy the baked goods and take them home, but there is also a dine-in space available in-store.
Yanesen Az Cafe opened very recently and the muffins sold here are some of their most popular items. These muffins are available for take-out or for dine-in. The outside of their muffins are crisp while the insides are soft and moist. The cafe constantly has around five or six flavors of both sweet and savory muffins that change according to the season.
Brioche Dorée is an extremely popular baked goods shop that originated in France. There are over 300 branches in France and has been welcomed by all of the bread-loving people there. The Brioche Dorée in Japan imports many of their ingredients from France to recreate the bread that the French people fell in love with right here in Japan. Their most popular baked good is their Muffinoiseries which is a hybrid pastry between croissants and muffins. There are three flavors available: chocolate, blueberry, and hazelnut.
The muffins sold at Unicorn Bakery all feature flavorful fruits, nuts, and spices and are available from just 240 yen. The muffins are, of course, made freshly every morning and the recipes for the muffins were made by the British-American founder of the shop. They constantly change around the kinds of muffins available but some of the popular ones are cherry almond, spicy apple caramel, apricot, chocolate raspberry, maple pecan, and lemon.
I hope this list helps you in your search for your new favorite muffin. This, of course, is just the beginning of a long list of stores within Tokyo that offer delicious muffins. So if you don’t have the time to go around searching yourself, I highly recommend visiting some of these shops instead to try their muffins for yourself.