10 Crave-Worthy Japanese Desserts in Manila

We know good Japanese desserts and we know where to find them.

The beauty of Japan never ceases to amaze us. Whether you’ve actually been there or just bitterly scrolling through your Facebook friends’ vacation photos in Tokyo (we’ve been there, we’ve done that), what fascinates us the most is their food (see sushi, sashimi, ramen). Of course, dessert is always involved in every complete meal around the world!

Fret not because in this post, we share to you best and most authentic Japanese-inspired desserts in Manila. PS: No Japan Visa required.

Pablo Cheesecake, Matcha Azuki Bean Cheese Tart – Pablo

Pablo is an international franchise from Japan and is tagged as the “best cheesecake in the world.” Bestsellers include their classic cheesecakes and the Matcha Azuki Bean Cheesecake. Hungry for more information on Pablo? Click here. Their Robinsons Manila branch is NOW OPEN!

Where to get it: Opening soon – TrinomaBonifacio High Street, UP Town Center and Greenbelt 5.

Pablo Cheese Tart
Pablo Cheesecake | Photo from @doris2012101
Matcha Azuki Bean Cheese Tart | Photo from @sherr._.y

Matcha Everything! – Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe

Kissako is a homegrown restaurant is known for their selection of matcha-infused food. Their special menu ranges from sweet to savory treats like shakes, cakes, and even matcha ramen! Want more matcha desserts? Click here.

Where to get it: Pioneer Center, Pasig

Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe
Matcha Shake | Photo from @wegotkala

No reservations accepted
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Pioneer Center, 8006 Pioneer St., cor. United and Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 730-3356

Chilled Cream Buns – Hattendo (Closed Indefinitely)

Hattendo is another international franchise from Japan that introduced the unique concept of chilled cream buns to Manila. Their top-selling flavors are the custard, matcha, and whipped cream buns.

Where to get it: Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills Theater Mall

Custard Bun | Photo from @hellovincentong

No reservations accepted
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SM Megamall: Level 2, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
Mall of Asia: G/F Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay

Croissants, Strawberry Heaven Parfait – St. Marc Cafe

St. Marc Cafe is a specialty cafe from Japan brought to us by Suyen Corporation. They are best known for their freshly baked croissants which come in a variety of flavors like chocolate, matcha, strawberry, and their newest black sesame. If you’re looking for a summer dessert fix, you can also try their luscious Strawberrry Heaven Parfait.

Where to get it: SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, SM North EDSA

Photo from @gabbycantero
Strawberry Heaven | Photo from @maumau.id

No reservations accepted
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G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
(02) 531-8062

Thick Toast Green Tea Nutella – UCC Clockwork

UCC Clockwork is the Japanese coffee chain’s concept store of a third wave coffee shop. Aside from their all-day breakfast menu and other entrees, UCC Clockwork also offers a variety of Japanese-inspired desserts like their specialty, the Thick Toast Green Tea Nutella.

Where to get it: Estancia, Blue Bay Walk

UCC Clockwork
Photo from @justmejia

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G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Kapitolyo, Pasig
+63 2 942-2142

Strawberry Matcha Toast, Ferrero Hazelnut Toast – Cafe Shibuya

Cafe Shibuya is famous for their fluffy sweet and savory toasts with over the top flavors and toppings. Their drool-worthy dessert toasts like the Strawberry Matcha Toast and the Ferrero Hazelnut Toast are both perfect for your next brunch date.

Where to get it: UP Town Center, Glorietta 2, TrinomaSM North The Block

Strawberry Matcha Toast | Photo from @beagalang
Ferrero Hazelnut Toast | Photo from @queenie_santiago

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G/F SM North EDSA, The Block, North Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon City
(02) 512 0527

Mille Crepe Cakes, Strawberry Shortcake – Paper Moon Cafe

This franchise from Tokyo made headlines last year with their special layered mille crepe cakes. Another recent addition to their bestsellers is the decadent strawberry shortcake, which is made fresh with real sweet strawberries.

Where to get it: Megamall, SM Aura, Trinoma, Opening Soon: Uptown BGC

Photo from @keyteegold
Strawberry Mille Crepe Cake | Photo from @idgemendiola

No reservations accepted
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2/F SM Megamall, Bldg A,Ortigas,Mandaluyong
+63 999 884-0624

Apple Buns, Krones, Hanjuku Cheesecake –  Cafe Kumori

Cafe Kumori is the latest dine-in store concept of the famous bakery from Japan. Some of their must-try pastries include the apple buns, krones, and the Hanjuku Cheesecake.

Where to get it: SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Apple Buns | Photo from @hooknorm
Krone | Photo from @iangalsim
Photo from @priscillapiza

No reservations accepted
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G/F SM North EDSA, The Block, North Ave. cor EDSA, Quezon City
+63 977 837-3798

Cruffins, Mini Croissant – Yamato Bakery Cafe

If you’ve been to this place chances are you’ve accidentally come across it after your ramen trip along Jupiter in Makati. Good thing this quaint Japanese-inspired bakery now has three branches spread around Manila so everyone can get their fix of their freshly-baked pastries and cakes. Try pairing their freshly brewed coffee from UCC with an order of the addictive mini croissants or the popular Cruffins (croissant + muffin) Also, all their breads and pastries are sold for 50% off daily, 8 pm onwards!

Where to get it: Jupiter Makati, Ortigas, Blue Bay Walk

Cruffins | Photo from @alexisdeocaris
Mini Matcha Croissants | Photo from @yocatgirl

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22 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
+63 2 823-0960

Kuromitsu Kakigori, Matcha Kakigori – Ikigai Kakigori Cafe

Ikigai is one of the new dessert joints along Tomas Morato. Kakigori is similar to the Korean bingsu but what sets them apart is the texture of the shaved ice and the choices of toppings and flavors. Ikigai’s simple menu offers a straight to the point approach to the Japanese dessert which comes in five flavors: matcha, mango, Kuromitsu (sugar syrup), coffee, and chocolate.

Where to get it: Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Kuromitsu Kakigori | Photo from @alyannauy
Matcha Kakigori | Photo from @mariesavellano

No reservations accepted
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G/F POS Building, Scout Mandriñan Street cor Tomas Morato, South Triangle,Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 372-1341

Remember, you can search specific cuisines on the free Booky app, just type in “JAPANESE” to search over 1,000 Japanese restaurant listings in Metro Manila. If you still haven’t, download the Booky app now on your iOS or Android device.

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