Chocolate

Uh-oh! It’s Valentine’s Day and you forgot to make plans! What are you going to do? Well, we suppose you could buy a box of chocolates from the convenience store, but we doubt your beau will appreciate it. Especially if you have a bad habit of forgetting important events like some of us.

But fear not! RocketNews24 has you covered! Here are five “eat in” chocolate shops in Tokyo with just the right amount of (somewhat) affordable and tasty treats to make everyone happy.

Nicolas Charles

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Owned operated by the shop’s namesake French chef and pastier, Nicolas Charles himself, this Ginza-located shop offers some of the cutest desserts we’ve ever seen. Specializing in bunny-eared cream puffs and parfait, this is sure to be a hit no matter who your date is!

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Obviously, though, you’ll both have a difficult time choosing a dish, so it’s a good thing a “cream puff plate” is on offer. Though a little expensive (1,780 yen or about US$17), the plate comes with a cream puff, chocolate ice cream, an apricot and raspberry sauce, and more chocolate!

Nicolas Charles
Location: Nishi Gobangai Sakaguchi Building 1F/2F 5-5-8 Ginza, Chuuou Ward, Tokyo
Phone number: 03-6264-1525
Hours: 11:00 to 21:00

Blondel Chocolateir

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There are tons of old, highly esteemed businesses in Japan. From inns to restaurants to papermakers, but did you know that there’s a 164-year-old chocolate shop in Tokyo? Neither did we!

Well, that’s partly because the shop in Tokyo isn’t actually 164 years old–but the original shop, located in Switzerland, was founded in 1850. And they claim to have been using the exact same recipe for the last century-and-a-half, giving patrons a taste of authentic, Swiss chocolate, even in the Tokyo store which opened only a few years ago in 2011.

And in addition to making chocolate based on a formula that has literally withstood the test of time, the shop also has a cafe on the second floor! So you can sit down with your sweetie and eat some sweet (but not too sweet!) Swiss chocolate.

Just be sure to bring your wallet: Blondel’s chocolate starts at 280 yen (about $2.80) per 10 grams.

Blondel Chocolateir
Address: 2F 8-10-11 Ginza, Chuuou Ward, Tokyo
Phone number: 03-6228-5985
Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Max Brenner

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This chocolate shop was born in Israel before leaping across the ocean to find a foothold in New York and then, finally, making its way to Tokyo last year. With an interior designed that is as fun as the chocolate is delicious, your date will certainly be glad to share a slice of chocolate chunk pizza or some classic European fondue with you!

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Well, maybe they won’t want to share, but you can both get your own! Though you’ll definitely want to stop by the ATM first–the pizza and the fondue will cost you a romantic 1,800 yen (about $18) each.

Max Brenner
Location: Omotesando Building 1F 4-12-10 Jingumae Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Hours: 11::00 to 22:30 (Monday through Friday), 11:00 to 21:30 (Sunday)

100% Chocolate Cafe

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Well, the name really says it all, doesn’t it? This shop’s entire menu features nothing but food and treats made with chocolate–even the orange juice has chocolate in it! Okay, okay, it looks like the tea and coffee drinks don’t have chocolate in them, but everything else on the menu does!

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Take the seasonal special “wafflete,” which is composed of three types of chocolate made fresh–by hand–everyday and covered in a berry sauce. Even better is the price: As scrumptious as this dish is, it’ll only put you back 680 yen (about $6.80).

There are two 100% Chocolate Cafes in Tokyo–one in the Meiji Kyobashi Building and one located on the fourth floor of Skytree!

100% Chocolate Cafe
Address: Meiji Kyoubashi Building 2F 2-4-16 Kyoubashi, Chuuou Ward, Tokyo
Phone number: 03-3273-3184
Hours: 8:00 to 20:00 (Monday through Friday), 11:00 to 19:00 (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)

Debailleul

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Though Debailleul is mostly known as a chocolatier/pastier that sells high-end products to be taken home and devoured, the chain does have one cafe branch in Japan. Located in Marunouchi in Tokyo, the cafe was created as a “unique but elegant space” in which people could enjoy their specialty desserts.

The shop offers creme brulee, gateau (a type of cake they offer with a monthly rotation of flavors), and chocolat chaud (French for “hot chocolate”), among other delicacies. But the star of their menu is the feuillete pomme, a hot slice of apple and custard in a thin pie crust over which a dollop of vanilla ice cream is set. Aside from the hot chocolate, which is 750 yen (about $7.50), everything on the menu listed above is 1,300 yen (around $13).

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If it’s chocolate you’re craving though, the shop does also sell Debailleul’s trademark, high-end sweets.

Debailleul
Location: Aozo Shop and Restaurant 1F 1-6-4 Marunouchi Chiyoda Ward Tokyo
Phone number: 03-5224-3565
Hours: 9:00 to 22:00

Well, wherever you spend your Valentine’s Day, we hope you enjoy it! And if you do happen to make it to one of these shops, be sure to let us know how the food was!

Source: Blondel Chocolatier, Taberogu, 100% Chocolate Cafe, Max Brenner, Debailleul, Nicolas Charles, Naver Matome
Images: Twitter (1, 2), Wikipedia, Nicolas Charles, Blondel Chocolatier, Taberogu, 100% Chocolate Cafe, Max Brenner, Debailleul