Everyone loves a good sugar coma. Because of that, we tracked down three restaurants in Tokyo that specialize in sweets. Not just sweets though, these places offer all-you-can-eat dessert buffets–piles of pies, mountains of macaroons, healthy chunks of chocolate… you get the idea.
Salon de Sweets
Salon de Sweets is located on the 6th floor of the Solamachi building in Oshiage, right near the famous Tokyo Skytree. Instead of indulging in the breathtaking views of Tokyo, instead you should indulge in the gut-busting array of cakes and other treats at this all-you-can-eat dessert buffet.
The tower of macaroons, puddings, and fruit-related sweets near the open entrance should be signal enough that you’ve arrived at the right spot. The inside of the restaurant is very brightly lit and white. Bring your shades if you don’t want to be blinded by all of that florescent. It’s worth the temporary blindness, though.
They also serve pasta and every half hour, plates of fresh roast beef, so you can temper your sweet tooth with something savory. Salon de Sweets can get rather busy, especially in the evenings, so it’s best to book a reservation if you’re planning on making the trip.
Takano Fruit Bar
Mango was the name of the game at Takano Fruit Bar in Shinjuku. Since this restaurant specializes in fruit, the menu is seasonal. You can check the website here to see the types of fruit that are featured throughout the year. The line for the cafe section was filled with couples looking to get fancy full-sized mango parfaits made in champagne glasses. Yum.
While the restaurant portion of the Takano Fruits Bar has full-sized desserts, the buffet section offers tiny portions of fruits and cakes. An array of savory foods can help cleanse your pallet between binges of sweets and fresh fruit.
Stuffing your face full of mango was definitely the best way to get your money’s worth, since the buffet can be a bit pricey. If you want to check out the full-size menu items, though, you should be prepared to wait to get a table in the restaurant section.
Sweet’s Paradise is a chain of dessert buffet restaurants with locations throughout Tokyo. The Sweet’s Paradise on Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is the main shop though. When you enter, you choose your desired dessert selection from a vending machine at the entrance to the shop, then you eat until you burst.
The decor in Sweet’s Paradise is geared toward the teenage crowd with posters of idols plastered on the walls and televisions playing the latest music videos. It’s definitely a “trendy” spot in that sense. The crowds are also mostly Japanese junior high and high school students jonesing for their daily sugar fix.
All of the desserts you would expect–like cakes, pies, and puddings–are accompanied by a selection of cold and hot teas. There is also a savory foods section located near the desserts bar. Keep that in mind while you’re scarfing down pastries.