The best ice cream in Tokyo comes in many different flavors and forms, from creamy soft-serve to rich gelato. Even more specially, many local ice cream shops use domestically sourced dairy and toppings.
One of the many wonderful things about Tokyo is that since it’s such a large city, there are so many restaurant options. You can find pretty much any type of ice cream, including with uniquely Japanese or classic worldwide flavors.
In this guide, I share my favorite places for the best ice cream in Tokyo.
Where are the best ice cream shops in Tokyo?
📍3 Chome-28-12 Ebisu, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0013
The quaint French bistro Rue Favart in Ebisu offers the most delicious soft-serve ice cream in Tokyo.
Rue Favart features a rotating menu of ice cream flavors, but my favorite is the hojicha (green tea) and orange flavor pictured above. At north of ¥600 per ice cream, these decadent cones are a bit more expensive than your average frozen treat. However, in my opinion, the richness of the ice cream and the quality of the toppings warrants the price point.
I haven’t seen much written about Rue Favart online, so I recommend it as a very underrated ice cream spot in Tokyo.
📍〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 4 Chome−6−9 南原宿ビル １階
CHAVATY is a tea specialty store in Omotesando that is arguably most famous for their Insta-worthy, tea-flavored ice creams.
They have a few different soft-serve flavors based on different types of Japanese tea. Favorites include the matcha, milk tea, and hojicha flavors.
I particularly enjoy and recommend CHAVATY because their ice creams have a strong tea flavor and aroma. If you are a fan of Japanese tea, you will probably enjoy the soft-serve at CHAVATY.
The Matcha Tokyo
📍ミヤシタパーク, South2階, 6 Chome-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo
The Matcha Tokyo in Miyashita Park shopping center serves, as you may guess from the name, matcha products.
Their matcha soft-serve ice cream has a vibrant green color and strong tea flavor. The soft-serve is topped with a dusting of matcha powder which enhances the taste and texture.
If you prefer standard ice cream instead of soft-serve, The Matcha Tokyo serves that as well.
📍〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 6 Chome−10−1 GINZA SIX 4F
Nakamura Tokichi is an elegant tea and traditional Japanese sweets salon in the heart of the upscale Ginza neighborhood. Their desserts include matcha and hojicha flavored soft-serve and standard ice creams.
If you appreciate Japanese tea and want to try Japanese desserts, Nakamura Tokichi is one of the best places in Tokyo. While you can order just ice cream, I recommend trying one of their combination dishes with dango (mochi-like dumplings), jello, or anko (sweet red beans).
📍2-14 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0012
Although technically in Kamakura, you can visit GELATERIA SANTi as part of a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo. I include this shop on this list because it has the best gelato I’ve tried so far in Japan.
GELATERIA SANTi is tucked away in a narrow alley just south of Kamakura Station, so you won’t find it unless you look for it. For such a small shop, this store has an impressive array of gelato flavors. They offer classics like pistachio or stracciatella, but also more unique taste pairings like mascapone with rum and blueberry latte.
I haven’t personally been to the following ice cream shops in Tokyo (yet!), but local friends recommended these:
- Gelateria Acquolina (📍1 Chome-11-10 Gohongi, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0053)
- Premarché Gelateria (📍〒153-0051 Tokyo, Meguro City, Kamimeguro, 2 Chome−9−36 目黒銀座ビル1F
- AOYAMA SUKOYAKA HOMPO (📍2 Chome-21-37 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062)
- Azabu Fabbrica Gelateria Delsole (📍2 Chome-3-6 Higashiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0044)
- L’ibisco Ginza (📍3 Chome-7-12 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061)