Some of the city’s best parfait bars and sweets cafés only come to life after dark. Here are our favorite spots for late-night desserts around Tokyo — recommended for Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion.

1. RoytoSilo

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Parfaits
8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wed-Thu, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fri-Sat
3F Leo Kotobuki Building, 2 Chome−41−3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, 160-0021
¥1,800 to ¥3,000

Parfaits are Japan’s guilty pleasure, and at RoytoSilo, it’s not hard to see why. Their beautiful, handmade parfaits mix cream, gelato, fruit, and nuts together for a delicious dessert. Each parfait is prepared tableside, and you can have fun customizing them with your own toppings or cookies.

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You can make a reservation online (link in Japanese) via their website, and we’d recommend it for special occasions. RoytoSilo is a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, or 6 minutes from Higashi Shinjuku Station.

2. Yelo

Kakigōri
Opens at 11:30 a.m. Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. Sat-Sun. Closes at 1 a.m. Sun-Thu, 2 a.m. Fri-Sat
1F Patio Roppongi, 5 Chome−2−11 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo, 106-0032
¥1,000 to ¥2,000

If you’ve spent a summer in Japan, you’re likely familiar with the mania around “shaved ice”, or kakigōri. Made from ice and flavored with syrups and sweet cream, it’s the perfect way to cool off. But at Yelo, they’ve perfected this dessert as an opulent, sophisticated treat.

Made with traditional gelato and fruit toppings, Yelo’s menu has something for everyone. And if you’re not done drinking, there’s an option to add a cheeky swig of Vitamin B(ooze). If you’re looking for something savory to accompany your late-night desserts, they also offer hot dogs and sandwiches as light bites. Yelo is a 3-minute walk from JR Roppongi Station.

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3. EMME Wine Bar

Parfaits and wine
Open between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., then 5 p.m. to 1 a.m Wed-Mon
1F Rose Aoyama Building, 2 Chome−3−19 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0002
¥2,000 to ¥10,000

If you’ve spent the evening cultivating the mood with a candlelit dinner, EMME Wine Bar is the cherry on top. Beautifully decorated with table, counter, and sofa seating, the bar is run by a husband-and-wife team.

Enjoy a handcrafted parfait from the patissier, made from seasonal ingredients, while the sommelier pairs it with wine, cocktails, or champagne if you’re feeling up to it. Their menu is split into day and night options, but desserts are available at all times.

Reservations are recommeneded for busy evenings, and you can do so on their website. EMME Wine Bar is a 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station.

4. Parfaiteria Bel

Parfaits
Opens at 5 p.m. Mon-Fri, and 3 p.m. Sat-Sun. Closes at 11:30 p.m. Sun-Thu, and 12:30 p.m. Fri-Sat
3F Shindaiso Social Building, 1 Chome−7−10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0043
¥1,500 to ¥5,000

Some consider parfaits to be an immature dessert — only suitable for children and teenagers. Parfaiteria Bel, however, is here to show those people how wrong they are.

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This cozy cafe makes a point of not compromising on the beauty or taste of their creations. They use high-quality gelato, chocolate, and fresh fruit to deliver eye-catching, sophisticated parfaits. From their Swan Lake white chocolate and strawberry number, to their rose jelly and pistachio tower, every handmade parfait exudes elegance.

Parfaiteria Bel is a 2-minute hop from JR Shibuya Station. A fast-growing business, they’ve also opened branches in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, with a Shimbashi store in the works. Opening times vary by branch, but the Shibuya one is open until 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:30 p.m. all other days. You can reserve in advance by phone.

5. Mayonaka Farm

Photo by Mayonaka Farm

Ice cream
Open from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. every day
3 Chome−3−8 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo, 131-0045
¥500 to ¥1,500

At Mayonaka Farm, not only can you get top-shelf ice-cream year round, but they make a point of serving it until late at night. Their ice-cream base is made of fresh cream, milk, and eggs for a smooth, rich texture. It’s then topped with fruits, coconut, and even sprinkles if you want to let your inner child run free.

The result is a beautiful, eye-catching dessert, and Mayonaka Farm makes sure you can show it off. There’s no seating room, and often a line, but if you’re lucky you can use the in-store mirrors, lighting, and props for a sweet snapshot to remember your day.

Mayonaka Farm is a 4-minute walk away from JR Oshiage Station and Tokyo Skytree. With the popularity of both Mayonaka Farm and Skytree as a date spot, you might be waiting a while, so don’t leave it too late! They’re open until 12:00 a.m. every day, making them a go-to spot whenever you’re in the mood for ice-cream together.

6. INITIAL Nakameguro

Parfaits and ice cream
Opens from 2 p.m. Mon-Fri, and 1 p.m. Sat-Sun. Closes at 11 p.m. every day.
Natural Square Bldg., 1 Chome-16-6 Kamimeguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0051
¥2,000 to ¥8,000

Late-night date desserts are just as much about atmosphere as they are about taste. INITIAL Nakameguro checks both boxes.

The cozy, chic interior contains casual table, counter, and booth seating, and is arrayed with flowers, plants, and tastefully modern decor. Just as eye-catching is their dessert artistry, with an array of parfaits and fruit bowls. Created with a mix of intricate designs, vivid colurs, and fruits galore, it’s no wonder this cafe has a reputation as a lovebirds’ nest.

INITIAL Nakameguro is only a minute away from Nakameguro Station, on the Hibiya and Tokyu-Toyoku lines. Initial does have a second branch in Omotesando, however that one is only open until 9. The Nakameguro one, on the other hand, stays open until 11 at night.

Bonus: See if the Chainsaw Man pop-up cafe is running when you are looking for themed desserts.

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