Nov. 14, 2017 UPDATE
The perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day!
Part 4

Cute parfaits you can have at new and trendy cafes!

In part 3 you got to learn about the classic parfait teahouses of Kyoto, but in part 4 we have some recently opened trendy cafes where you can enjoy some cool sweets. You can, of course, have matcha parfaits in Kyoto, but you shouldn’t forget about fruit and chocolate parfaits!
eX Café
eX Café
This café, eX Café, is in an old mansion in Arashiyama, and inside the remodeled mansion the atmosphere is prestigious and quiet. Their most famous menu item is named after the famous sightseeing spot nearby, Tenryu-ji Temple, and it’s called “Tenryu-ji Parfait.” This parfait contains a luxurious assortment of ingredients, matcha and hojicha ice cream, red beans, whipped cream, warabimochi, and fruit, among others. The playful look of the parfait with the small Japanese parasol makes this a very cute dessert.
Ten
Ten
This café just opened by the street up to Kiyomizu Temple and their matcha sweets, which use matcha by the established tea shop “Ippodo,” have been getting more and more popular lately. Their marbled matcha cheesecake is a popular item on their menu, but we also want to recommend their roasted soy bean flour ice cream parfait topped with a big chestnut. The cute bowl resembling a rice bowl is also a very nice touch.
Bel Amer Kyoto Bettei
Bel Amer Kyoto Bettei
Bel Amer Kyoto Bettei is mainly known as a chocolate shop. There is a café on the second floor of the shop, and here you can enjoy chocolate sweets. They have three types of parfaits, but the classic one is their “Chocolate berry parfait” with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, berries, macarons, terrine au chocolat, and others. This being a chocolate specialty shop, their chocolate ice cream is rich and delicious.
Kisshokaryo
Kisshokaryo
Kisshokaryo has their main café in Gion, and it is a café specializing in roasted soy bean flour. Their most popular item is this roasted barley and soy bean parfait, with a cookie-like crunchy top layer and merengue below it and the combination of these two, is a fun one. Also, the layers of this parfait are very pretty, which is why you can often see this one come up on social media too. They also have roasted soy bean on the tables which you can put on your sweets for free! This is a really fun café.
These were some fun and trendy parfaits you can have in Kyoto, but how did you like them? All of them taste great, but they also look good on your Facebook timeline! If you have had enough matcha parfaits, how about taking a look at these cafes trending among Japanese people.


These were the four parts of this article, and now you know where in Kyoto to have shaved ice and parfaits, the best way to get through the hot summers of Kyoto! If you found something you would like to try, please go have some shaved ice or a parfait during your trip to Kyoto! These sweets are perfect for a hot summer’s day, so please have some when in Kyoto!
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