It’s not hard to find cute food in Tokyo; kawaii food (meaning cute or adorable in Japanese), is basically a national obsession.
My sister and I saw kawaii foods, drinks, and desserts all over Tokyo; from Totoro cream puffs to 3-D animal lattes. In fact, almost every dessert we tried had a face, ha.
So I wanted to write a guide on where to find the cutest foods in Tokyo. Because honestly, these foods, desserts, and drinks are too adorable not to share.
Tip – if you’re looking for cute food in Japan, check Instagram! That’s how we found most of these.
1. Totoro cream puffs @ Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory
As a huge Miyazaki fan, I was so excited to try the Totoro cream puffs I’d seen all over Instagram. Totoro is a character from My Neighbor Totoro, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most famous films (he’s basically the Disney of Japan). At the café, the cream puffs come in four flavors: chocolate, strawberry, custard, and banana. I was pleased to find the cream puffs were as delicious as they were adorable. I particularly recommend the strawberry-flavored cream puff — it was so good!
Where to find them: Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory is located in Mitaka, a city located slightly west of Tokyo. You can reach it on the Tokyo subway. See a map here. It’s on the way to the Ghibli Museum, so if you’re going there, stop for cream puffs on the way.
2. Magikarp taiyaki @ Kurikoan
Taiyaki are a traditionally street food snack in Japan; they’re fish-shaped cakes with a red bean filling. But at Kurikoan, you’ll find a twist on the original, where the taiyaki is shaped like a Magikarp, the useless fish Pokémon. Anyone who loved Pokémon growing up (shoutout to my fellow 90s kids) will love stopping here!
Where to find them: Magikarp Taiyaki in located in Akhihabara. Here the address in Google Maps.
3. Animal ice cream cones @ The Zoo
The Zoo is an adorable underground ice cream parlor that specializes in animal-shaped ice cream. Here, you can choose from a menagerie of animals: tigers, elephants, and even chickens. I recommend trying the three little pigs ice cream cone, which comes with three scoops in different flavors.
Where to find them: The Zoo is located in Harajuku. Here’s the address in Google Maps.
4. 3-D animal lattes @ Reissue
Reissue may make the most Instagrammable food in Tokyo: 3-D animal lattes. When you sit down at the café, you are given a book of animal lattes to flip through: you can choose from a Shiba Inu, a seal, an elephant, a bear, and more. My sister literally cried tears of joy when she saw her seal latte. Though they’re pricy ($10 or so) it’s worth it for the pure joy you’ll feel when you get your latte.
Where to find them: Reissue is located in Harajuku. Here’s the address in Google Maps.
5. Hello Kitty donuts @ Hello Kitty Japan
If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, you have to try the Hello Kitty donuts at Hello Kitty Japan. They come in a variety of flavors, and are topped with Hello Kitty’s signature accessory – a pink bow. Hello Kitty Japan also sells tons of Sanrio merchandise.
Where to find them: There are multiple Hello Kitty Japan locations in Tokyo. See a map here. Another fun Hello Kitty activity is to do a day trip to Puroland, the Sanrio theme park. Book your ticket in advance here.
Have you ever tried kawaii food in Tokyo? What was your favorite?
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