Japan has the curious tradition of eating cake on Christmas Eve or Day, so the image of a “Japanese Christmas” is strongly tied to delicious sweets. If you’re spending the holiday season in Tokyo, why not try this curious custom for yourself? Instead of lining up at one of the many famous bakeries and pastry shops, spend a leisurely Christmas Cake all-you-can-eat buffet! We’ve found Tokyo’s five best restaurants that’ll tickle your taste buds with wintery sweet creations ‘til you drop!
[Shibuya] Mouffetard de Paris: Heavenly Sweets Created by a Veteran Patissier
Mouffetard de Paris is a café and bakery in Tokyo’s fancy Shibuya, creating Western-style cakes and desserts since more than 30 years. The veterans of pastries and sweets will take your taste buds to cloud nine with seasonally themed all-you-can-eat buffets that are so popular, people tend to queue up for them! Next to all kinds of cakes and desserts imaginable, savory dishes such as omelet rice and sandwiches provide for a nice change of flavors once you’ve saturated that cake craving. With a buffet selection that changes every month, you’ll be surprised with new creations every time you visit! Also, keep your eyes peeled for limited-time menus!
The all-you-can-eat offer lasts for 90 minutes on weekdays and 70 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, comes with free drinks and is available for 1,890 yen per person (tax included). If you want to treat yourself to artistically made cakes and desserts, this is the place to go!
1,890 yen – 90 minutes on weekdays, 70 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. Free drinks included. The cake buffet is not held during lunchtime on weekdays.
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last order), 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last order at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last order at 8:00 p.m.)
Mouffetard de Parisムフタール ドゥ パリ
- Address B1, 6-4-1, Nishishinjuku , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023
[Oshiage] Salon de Sweets: Tea Party Atmosphere and Dozens of Desserts!
Salon de Sweets is located in Tokyo Solamachi, right at the foot of the famous Tokyo Skytree. The buffet offers around 30 different types of amazingly delicious dessert creations, such as Earl Gray chiffon cake and Tiramisu. Especially delightful are the seasonal fruit tarts, looking like you’ve stepped right in the middle of a Wonderland-style tea party. To balance these rich dessert options, Salon de Sweets’ menu also includes about 30 savory dishes. Enjoy French toast with all-you-can-eat toppings during lunch and beef steak that’s been carefully grilled for 30 minutes for dinner! The café and restaurant lets you enter until 9:30 p.m., so we highly recommend coming by in the evening to recharge your energies after a long day of sightseeing.
The dinner buffet costs 2,592 yen per person (tax included) and lets you eat ‘til you drop for 90 minutes. From adorable macarons to strawberry treats, get your tea party fix at Salon de Sweets.
Weekdays: 2,041 yen for 70 minutes
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 2,149 yen for 70 minutes
2,592 yen for 90 minutes.
Drink bar costs an extra 108 yen.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last entry at 9:30 p.m.)
Closed: always open (same as Tokyo Solamachi)
Salon de Sweetsサロンド スイーツ 東京ソラマチ
- Address 26F, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 131-0045
[Kuhonbutsu] Souvenir: Desserts for Lunch, as Many as You Want!
Souvenir is a popular cake specialty shop right next to the Kuhonbutsu Station, a scenic neighborhood on Tokyo’s south. Next to over-the-counter cake sale, the shop holds a 90-minute all-you-can-eat buffet three times a day (at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.) for 2,500 yen (tax included). Reservations aren’t possible at Souvenir, so you might want to think about arriving early – this buffet is extremely popular!
We recommend aiming for the 11:00 a.m. buffet on weekdays. With pancakes, quiches, soups, and more, it makes for a wonderful brunch that’ll give you all the energy you need for extensive sightseeing! Especially delicious is the shop’s classic shortcake, one of between 15 and 20 cake varieties always on offer. Of course, seasonal creations and fruits are a big part of the selection. Free drinks are part of the buffet as well and we highly recommend trying to pair your dessert selection with the various kinds of tea blends. Also, feel free to fancy up your coffee with syrups and spices!
2,500 yen for 90 minutes; held at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Free drinks included.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Address 1F, 7-18-5, Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-0083
[Ikebukuro] Chef’s Palette: a Fancy Hotel Buffet Offers Seasonal Dessert Delights
Ikebukuro is a shopping and amusement paradise, so it’s natural that after a long day of excitement, you’ll want to rest your legs and treat yourself to great food. Head over to Sunshine City Prince Hotel’s restaurant called Chef’s Palette. It was renewed in 2016 and its mega-popular sweets buffet can now be enjoyed both at lunch and for dinner.
The highlight of Chef’s Palette undoubtedly are the many demonstrations by the chefs. There’s the “Ice Cook,” a frozen plate on which fantastic ice cream creations are prepared, as well as the chocolate fountain that is used to beautifully decorate fruits and marshmallows. That’s a visual pleasure you’ll only get to indulge in at Chef’s Palette. The dinner buffet from 6:00 p.m. even features all-you-can-eat Häagen-Dazs ice cream. One of the good things about this buffet is that reservations are entirely possible, so you won’t need to worry about waiting or arriving early.
2,800 yen per person, free drinks included.
Weekdays: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sweets & Dinner Buffet
3,500 yen per person, free drinks included
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. every day (last order at 8:30 p.m.)
Restaurant Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last order at 9:30 p.m.)
Closed: always open
Chef's Paletteカフェ＆ダイニング Chef's Palette
- Address 3-1-5, Higashiikebukuro , Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8440
[Higashi-Nakano] West53rd: Order as Much as You Want at a Stunning Wedding Venue
West53rd Nihonkaku is a famous and stunningly beautiful wedding venue in Tokyo’s East Nakano. Twice a month, the “Happy Sweets Orchestra” is held, an all-you-can-eat offer that will spoil you with masterfully created desserts and sweets. Instead of a buffet, you get to order as much as you like and thus is a recommendation if you want to feel that luxurious vibe of being treated to as much as you want without having to get up at all.
Next to looking absolutely magnificent, the sweets are carefully prepared from choice ingredients. You’ll be surprised by the subtle sweetness of the gorgeous desserts – the composition of flavors is so amazing, it’s hard to not keep ordering more and more! Reservations can be made via phone about 1 month prior to the event. Don’t hesitate to call!
Happy Sweets Orchestra Buffet
2,160 yen per person for 90 minutes, twice a month (usually on a Thursday). Side dishes and one drink included.
Restaurant hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Address 5-2-1, Higashinakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, 164-8577
Writer: Haruko Nemoto
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