INSIDE: A sneak peek into Tokyo Station Food Hall, Tokyo Me+
Japanese people never visit friends or family without a gift in hand. It’s a Japanese cultural tradition, and one that I adore.
This is why every Tokyo Department Store and Japanese Train station has a well-stocked food hall filled with prettily packaged cakes, fruit, regional delicacies, and Japanese snacks.
Just to the right of Kitchen Street in Tokyo Station is a place selling the best cakes in Tokyo, of the packaged kind.
Let me be your travel guide and encourage you to take a good look at this beautiful Tokyo food hall.
- 1 Tokyo Me+: Best Cakes in Tokyo for Souvenirs!
- 2 Tokyo Station Food Hall Menu Board
- 3 Sample the Best Japanese Cakes in Tokyo
- 4 Meet Tokyo Department Store Food Hall Staff
- 5 More Things to Do at Tokyo Station
- 6 The Inside Scoop – Tokyo Station Food Hall, Tokyo Me+
- 7 How to get to Tokyo Me+ Food Hall at Tokyo Station
- 8 Tokyo Station Map for Tokyo-Me+ Cake and Dessert Food Hall
- 9 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 10 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to shop in TOKYO?
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Tokyo Me+: Best Cakes in Tokyo for Souvenirs!
If you are looking for unique Japanese souvenirs, and want to buy foodie gifts to take home, this is the place to start. There’s so many elegantly wrapped treats to choose from, you might be compelled to spend all your money in this Tokyo Food Hall alone.
Don’t forget to buy a box or two of typical Japanese dessert cakes to try for yourselves when you get home. A wrapped box of Tokyo treats is the thing you need when you find yourself at home with the post-Japan trip blues. Take a bite and remember your trip with a smile.
If you have kids in tow on your Tokyo travels, they will be mesmerised by the rainbow hue colouring of the place, along with all the beautiful shapes, flowers, and styles of cakes and desserts.
It’s SUPER pretty in this place. It’s worth a wander even just to take a look!
Tokyo Station Food Hall Menu Board
Near the entrance to Tokyo Me+, you’ll see a Tokyo Station food hall menu board showing all the different cakes and desserts on offer.
It’s then up to you and your kids to decide what you think are the best cakes in Tokyo?
- Will it be the famous Banana cakes
- Will it be the soft pancake with red bean filling?
- Will it be the Fabrice Gillotte box of chocolates?
- Will it be the Japanese sponge cakes, or
- Will it be the rainbow macarons?
Take advantage of the taste-tests at many of the stores to help you decide!
Sample the Best Japanese Cakes in Tokyo
Tokyo Banana is a famous and popular sweet souvenir from Tokyo, and is much loved by Japanese people everywhere.
Sponge cake is wrapped around a filling of mushy banana mixed with creamy custard cream. While it looks a bit like an American Twinkie, the taste is much better!
Shiseido Parlour Cheesecake
This cheesecake is made with cream cheese produced in Denmark, enveloped and baked in an aromatic biscuit base made from Hokkaido-grown wheat flour.
It melts smoothly in your mouth for a supremely rich, intense experience of pure extravagance. Each piece is wrapped individually with great care.
Flower Bavarois Cream
You must find the shop Havaro (a combination of ‘Hana’ meaning flower, ‘Varo’ from the Japanese nickname for Bavarion, ‘Bavarois’) just to take a peek at this beautiful cake dessert topped with edible flowers.
The base is made from Bavarian cream, and the chefs of Havaro have taken it up a level, creating a work of seasonal art, with a sparkly gelatinous topping.
You can buy this cake in ‘bite size’ pieces also.
These cakes come in six flavours:
- cream cheese
- fraise (French for “strawberry”)
- vanilla yogurt
- chocolate, and
- matcha green tea flavors.
Go early if you want to buy one of these Japanese cakes. These sell out quickly. Check the website for details.
Dorayaki Sponge Cakes
If you are looking for an authentic old-school favourite of Japanese people for hundreds of years, try the sweet bean cake known as dorayaki.
Dorayaki are two pancake-like pieces of sponge cake filled with a giant spoonful of the sweet red bean paste called “anko”.
Good ones are fluffy and moist.
While red bean paste is the traditional flavour, modern makers also fill them with other sweet fillings such as mixed berry jam, lemon, blueberries or cherries.
Meet Tokyo Department Store Food Hall Staff
Wandering through this Tokyo Department Store food hall, you’ll meet the staff behind each stall.
Japanese hospitality staff are the most polite shop assistants we’ve ever met, and they take pride in their work. Every Tokyo food purchase is wrapped delicately and with care, to make sure your gift is as beautifully presented as can be.
They smile and laugh with you as you both work hard to understand one another! It’s a joy to shop in this Tokyo Me+ Food hall for that very reason. The fact that Tokyo Me+ has the best food for Tokyo souvenirs and gifts is a bonus!
More Things to Do at Tokyo Station
When you’ve finished sampling and buying up all the sweet treats, head back into First Avenue Tokyo Station to find more fun things to do.
- Tokyo Ramen Street – a food alley full of delicious noodle shop restaurants. The options are endless.
- Kitchen Street Tokyo Station
- Character Street Tokyo Station is a shopping alley in Tokyo Station FILLED with licenced Japanese characters. Buy toys, dolls, clothing, stationery, luggage, bags, cute food and more in your favourite Japanese character brand.
- Okashi Land Tokyo Station (with the Ginco and Calbee Tokyo stores)
The Inside Scoop – Tokyo Station Food Hall, Tokyo Me+
Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo-eki Ichibangai 1st floor
Opening Hours: Tokyo Me+ is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Weekends/holidays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Price of cakes and desserts at Tokyo Me+: See individual stores for pricing.
How to get to Tokyo Me+ Food Hall at Tokyo Station
- Take a JR train to Tokyo Station.
- Walk to the 1st floor. Tokyo Me+ Food Hall is next to the Daimaru Tokyo Department Store entrance and in front of the Yaesu North Gate.
Tokyo Station Map for Tokyo-Me+ Cake and Dessert Food Hall
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
The best cakes in Tokyo will definitely appeal to foodies, and those who love to give elegant gifts to others. Get ready to tantalise your tastebuds.
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