The best ice creams in Tokyo 東京で最高のアイスクリーム
The famous matcha soft serve
Kakigori, a refreshing treat in the summer made with crushed ice and syrup!
Doubutsuen ice cream animals... which would you choose?
The perfect summer treat
Doesn't everyone like ice cream? If you're in Tokyo during the sweltering Japanese summer, it's the perfect chance to try an ice cream or sorbet from one of the many vendors in the capital.
With the onset of the warm weather, especially during the hot summer in Japan, there's nothing like enjoying a good ice cream to refresh yourself. From classic and fruity sorbets, to traditional crushed ice, to amazing flavors such as sesame, ice cream lovers will find happiness in Tokyo stalls and cafes. Cool down with an icy treat, Japanese style!
- To read: Japanese summer delicacies
Suzukien x Nanaya Asakusa store
Suzukian Tea Room in Asakusa is known around the world for its famous matcha ice cream, a classic for the most gourmet Japanese. It's available in 7 different versions, each made with increasingly intense matcha flavor. But it's for the most concentrated version, with its powerful apple-green color, that eager foodies gather in this historic Tokyo district... it's a must try for matcha lovers! A serving of this 'premium' ice cream will cost you 560 yen.
Address: 3-4-3 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032
Located in Ometosando, this special ice cream store specializes in one specific type of ice cream: sesame ice cream. In cone, tub, on a pancake, with whipped cream, or even topped with sesame oil, their ice cream is an opportunity to surprise your tastebuds. Here, the sesame (goma in Japanese) comes in six flavors, containing varying amounts and types of sesame, from dark to light. Expect to pay 500 yen for a tub with two scoops.
Address: 4-26-22 Jingumae, Harajuku H Bldg. 1F, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Ice Monster Ometosando
The neighborhoods of Harajuku and Ometosando are real paradises for fans of ice cream (and any sweets, really). The "Ice Monster" café offers a sweet and refreshing break: you can enjoy traditional kakigori, crushed ice topped with flavored syrup. Be prepared, as the name of the cafe indicates, you will be facing a mountain of ice - it's probably better to share! You'll have the choice between different gourmet flavors: strawberry, mango, coffee, or depending on the season, chestnut, apricot, kiwi or pineapple...
Address: 6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Dolci Silkream Shibuya
A shop that will delight "instagramers" and other followers of culinary perfection! The ice creams here are beautifully refined, served in a delicious "langue de chat" biscuit-style cone (classic or chocolate flavor), and made with rich Hokkaido milk. Ask for a "Cremia" to taste this creamy ice cream, in either vanilla or chocolate flavor... It's quality stuff, so expect to pay 515 yen for a small cone.
Address: 1F, Haimanten Jinnan Bldg., 1-19-4 Jinnan, Shibuya, 150-0002 Tokyo
Here's a classic: Italian ice cream. In Tokyo too, you can taste real gelato... and Gelateria Sincerita is THE shop not to be missed. Served in tubs or cones, the flavors on offer vary according to the time of year. From classic pistachio, chocolate or coconut flavors, to more original ones like ginger, blueberry cheesecake or even tofu, go for it! None of their ice creams will disappoint.
Address: 1-43-7 Asagaya-Kita, Suginami-ku, 166-0001 Tokyo
Dobutsuen (The Zoo)
You're in Japan! So of course you'll see many shops selling kawaii ice cream, colorful, funny, extravagant or cute - especially in Harajuku. A small ice cream stand disguised as a vending machine, called "Dobutsuen", lets the curious eat ice cream that looks like animals: panda, elephant, koala, pig or tiger... they're all there. The flavors vary according to the chosen animal. It's ice cream that will especially make children (or children at heart) happy...
Address: 3-20-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 150-0001 Tokyo