3 cafes in Tokyo with refreshing summer desserts

Here in Tokyo, summer is still in full swing. If you are looking for a cooling refreshment, why don’t you try some cool summer desserts at these three cafes? It’s a great way to spend some time forgetting about the heat. The desserts featured in this article are Japanese-style afternoon tea, Asian sweets, and extraordinary fruit parfaits.

Enjoy Japanese-style afternoon tea on a terrace

RESTAURANT 1899 OCHANOMIZU is a Japanese restaurant with the theme: “eating tea”. Our recommendation for spending your time there is having Japanese-style afternoon tea on their spacious terrace.

There are a lot of nice drinks on the menu that are just perfect for the hot season. How about having a tea soda? In Japan, that’s tea with mineral water.

RESTAURANT 1899 OCHANOMIZU is known for its tea beverages. Especially their “Matcha latte” is extremely popular among matcha fans because you can choose how much matcha powder you want in your drink.

Japanese-style black tea soda and iced matcha latte

If you want to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea, we recommend the “1899 Afternoon Tea”.

Their summer version this year is called “Summer Ryo” (meaning “summer refreshment”). It includes a total of 10 pieces, such as jelly and a small matcha parfait. (The photo shows their spring version)
Their parfait is also gorgeous! Also, if you want to try something special, you should order their tea-flavored french fries.

The cafe-restaurant is located in a quiet neighborhood. Enjoy delicious Japanese-style sweets on the comfortable terrace surrounded by greenery!


3-4 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://g.page/1899ochanomizu?share
Nearest stations: Ochanomizu Station, Kanda Station, Shin-Ochanomizu Station, Awajicho Station, Ogawamachi Station

Authentic and healthy Taiwanese sweets

Opened in 2015, “Tokyo Mamehana Kobo” was Tokyo’s first traditional Taiwanese douhua, or tofu pudding, specialty shop. Their douhua (“tofa” in Japanese) is made without preservatives or fragrances and has a smooth, mild taste.

Douhua is an Asian dessert with a long tradition in Taiwan. The dessert is made by hardening soy milk with bittern and serving it with syrup. Douhua made it to Japan in the wake of the “Taiwan boom” some years ago.

Fresh douhua prepared every morning

The shop always has more than 7 types of toppings, and the price doesn’t change even if you put them all on! According to the shop staff, having up to 3 types of toppings is common in Taiwan meaning that this douhua is even more luxurious than in Taiwan?!

Boiled peanuts, barley, black rice, etc. The toppings will change from time to time.
Douhua with frozen syrup

You can choose hot or cold douhua. In summer, you can get a special version with frozen sherbet-like syrup as a special topping!

The machine for frozen syrup


1-19 Kanda-Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/snUAyHMVzpGATL746
Nearest stations: Ogawamachi Station, Awajicho Station, Shin-Ochanomizu Station, Ochanomizu Station, Kanda Station

How about a sweet and juicy exquisite fruit parfait?

“Fruit de Saison” is known as a popular cafe where you can taste fresh seasonal fruits and croissants. The cafe has a lot of fans!

A calendar that shows at a glance what kind of menu is available in what month. You can see the menu on your smartphone using the QR code.

The menu depends on the season and on the fruits that are available at the time. The most popular dishes are their gorgeous fruit parfaits. The price of each parfait is around 2000 yen because of the high quality of the fruits used. But it’s worth it! If you love fruits, you won’t regret it. The parfait is so voluminous that it overflows from the cup, but once you start eating, you won’t be able to stop until everything is gone!

The most popular menu is the “Fruit Parfait” with all kinds of fruits. This is recommended for those who want to try many kinds of fruits. Hidden under fruits and cream, you will find three kinds of sorbet.
This parfait is called “The parfait with melons you heard of in rumors” (“uwasa no meron pafe”). It’s a limited parfait using plenty of the delicious “Uwasa no Melon” from Hokkaido which you can’t buy in ordinary supermarkets. These melons are surprisingly sweet and super juicy!
The “Rumored Melon Parfait” is also visually a beautiful gem.

What surprised me was the wide range of customers. There were a lot of mid-aged male customers, young couples, groups of female customers, and regulars who seemed to have been visiting this cafe for many years. The cafe is an old-fashioned fruit parlor with a calm atmosphere that is perfect for fruit-lovers all over the world!

Fruits de Saison

4-11-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cdLdvXN7AR4yYPoR9
Nearest stations: Suehirocho Station, Akihabara Station