Colour Inspiration: cakes from Tokyo

Pantone Macaroons

Tokyo´s patisseries are second to none, with pastries displayed so beautifully they seem untouchable. Whether it´s green matcha croissants or black eclair mousse cakes, strong colours and clever topping arrangements provide colour and surface inspiration.

Here are five favourites from our Tokyo contributor.

Hidemi Suigino
Located in beside Tokyo´s buzzing tourist hub of Shibuya, this tiny bakery seems to be a secret amongst locals, offering traditional japanese flavours with routine pastries – Recommend – the green tea matcha cake.

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Henri Charpentier
Henri Charpentier is located near Shinjuku station, the busiest metro station in the world. They make out of this world creations. Recommended for buying beauttifully packaged gifts. Lemon citron tarte is the most most popular.

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Adaharu Aoki 
There are a few branches of this well known bakery around Tokyo as well as one in Paris. Macaroons are very popular in Tokyo and here they are made in perfect rectangles in a broad range of plasticine-esque colours ! Flavours include the Japanese sesame, matcha, yuzu and geinmacha.

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Yokota Hideo
Patissier Yokota Hideo´s at the Mikimoto lounge in Ginza is a cool place to go before or after cocktails in this buzzy business area. Toffee cheesecakes and vanilla cream cakes are lush.

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Kimuraya
Also in Ginza you can watch chefs baking and decorating as well as sampling beautiful orange slice cakes and biscuits.

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USP: As food continues to inspire colour and surface decoration, look beyond the obvious when seeking inspiration.