Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I’m still processing my trip to Japan. It feels like a dream almost. Do you ever feel like that after going for vacation? Like did that even happen? Was I really there doing this? I always feel that way after going on holiday abroad.
Anyhow, this trip was exactly what I needed! Everyone keeps commenting on how much happier I seem since I came back. The school days with the kids even seem to go more quickly and pleasantly than before. I was really stuck in a rut before.
But! That is not what this post is about. This post is for the cutest cream puffs you will ever see. Fans of Hayao Miyazaki will recognize this one for sure… Totoro cream puffs! Apparently his sister in law owns Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shop which is why they can sell so many cute Totoro things.
While I was in Tokyo, my friend told me about this awesome bakery/cafe located in a really quiet residential area called Setagaya. I would have never known about since it was literally inside of a neighborhood. I’m so glad we went!
I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli. I even attended their exhibition in Seoul a few years back. Totoro is my favorite character! Each flavor cream puff is shown by it’s accessories on top. The flower for strawberry, the leaf for custard and the hat for banana caramel. I hear they do seasonal flavors too!
I originally just ordered the strawberry and custard but they were SO good that I had to order the banana caramel too. Man, these cream puffs were literally perfect. The pastry was flaky and the fillings were light, not too sweet and just hit the spot. Banana caramel was a real knock out with a flavor that is hard to describe. Definitely my favorite of the bunch (My friend was right haha)!
When we arrived the woman asked if we had a reservation, so this is serious stuff. Thankfully with the foreigner card they accommodated us and we got to sit outside on the balcony with cute little blankets to keep us warm if it got chilly. If you dine in, you have to order a drink with your cream puffs so I got a matcha latte. It was very good! Nothing like having real matcha in Japan. Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shop doesn’t only have yummy cream puffs, but really good drinks too.
I guess we could order our cream puffs to go downstairs for a little cheaper, but I think the experience of dining in was worth it. The balcony was cozy and covered with vines so it provided a stellar view of a shrine located behind the building. The whole experience was just lovely!
If your are heading to Tokyo and looking for some delicious cream puffs, Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shop is the place to go! It’s about a three minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station, and well worth the time.
Q: What is the best cream puff you’ve ever had?