Firm puddings have seen a rapid rise in popularity in Japan after being showcased on several television programs and on countless Instagram accounts. Known locally as “purin”, they are made using eggs, milk and sugar, with a hint of vanilla fragrance added to the mix. With their generous toppings of cream and cherries, they’re instantly photogenic while being thickly textured and deliciously satisfying. But where you can find the best firm puddings in Tokyo? Read on to discover little-known cafes and some of the most popular spots to indulge in this sweet treat. The firm pudding boom is coming!
[Jimbocho] DIXANS JIMBOCHO
Pudding 1,200 yen
This trendy Tokyo cafe has made a name for its Amaretto Fresh Cream Puddings (1,200 yen including tax), which are baked by the famous patisserie de bon coeur in Musashi-Koyama. They’re so popular that they’re usually sold out by noon, so you’ll have to make a morning visit if you want to nab one yourself. The store is designed with an industrial-chic aesthetic while being a calm and comfortable place to take some time out for yourself.
DIXANS JIMBOCHO’s puddings perfectly combine elasticity and smoothness, with a not-too-sweet cream that’s blended with amaretto liquor giving the dessert a delicious almond flavor. When you order a pudding set menu, you can choose your preferred coffee, with the bitterness of the beans complementing the sweet treat. DIXANS JIMBOCHO is a three-minute walk from the A5 Exit of Jimbocho Station.
[Itabashi] Honya Itomai
Combining a bookstore and cafe in one, Honya Itomai offers a warm and inviting space where you can retreat to read while feasting on their decadent pudding. It opened in March 2019, with the loft-style cafe filled with retro furnishings and a wide selection of books. A highlight on the menu is their old-fashioned firm pudding, which has a bitter caramel flavor and can be served on its own (450 yen incl. tax), with cream (500 yen incl. tax) or plus a cherry on top (550 yen incl. tax). They’re also renowned for their creaming soda (700 yen incl. tax). Honya Itomai is located just one minute on foot from Tokiwadai Station.
Pudding 500 yen
Located on the first floor of the SHIBUYA CAST shopping complex, Are is a casual cafe that opened its doors in 2017. Their decadent pudding (500 yen incl. tax) is served on an antique-style silver plate, with the option to have it with a variety of different fruits or with cherry-topped cream. It’s smoothly textured without being too firm and perfectly balances sweet and bitter flavors in its fragrant caramel sauce. Espresso coffee is also served here, with a cappuccino costing 560 yen incl. tax. Are is just seven minutes’ walk from Shibuya Station or three minutes from the Tokyo Metro’s B1 Exit.
[Shibuya] MEALS ARE DELIGHTFUL
Pudding 650 yen
This unique cafeteria showcases the tableware that’s sold in the first-floor DISHES store, allowing diners to do a little shopping while they eat. Their firm pudding (650 yen incl. tax) is homemade and richly flavored, with a dollop of cream and orangette (chocolate oranges) topping the dessert. MEALS ARE DELIGHTFUL is deservedly popular with women looking to purchase new crockery for the home but their pudding will appeal to everyone. It’s a seven-minute walk from Yoyogi-Koen Station.
MEALS ARE DELIGHTFUL
MEALS ARE DELIGHTFUL
[Omotesando] ie to niwa
Pudding 400 yen
Translating as “home and garden”, this fashionable store is located on the fifth floor of the Spiral, a multi-use building in Aoyama that was designed by architect Fumihiko Maki. As you enter the store, you’ll immediately notice the colorful ceilings and calming atmosphere, making it an ideal place to enjoy some time out alone or with friends. After settling into one of the comfortable seats, you can order their nostalgia-inducing pudding (440 yen incl tax), which is served on a stylish plate with cream and a cherry on top. It’s only moderately sweet and will appeal to all ages. ie to niwa is a four-minute walk from Omotesando Station.
ie to niwa
ie to niwa