Tucked away in a quaint residential area in Daita, Setagaya, one could easily lose their way trying to find Tolo Coffee & Bakery, I know I did. What’s found inside the unassuming two-story building are Ghibli-inspired treats and a relaxed atmosphere that’s appealing to your sweet tooth and soul.
I became eager to visit this cafe after the Totoro choux cream gained popularity on social media. Luckily, we were able to treat ourselves one afternoon to unwind after a busy morning in Shibuya.
Upon arrival, the attendant placed our name on a waitlist (we waited roughly twenty minutes). No reservation is required to visit the upstairs cafe, but these famous treats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since we were some of the last patrons visiting that day they asked us to pick our cream puff flavor of choice.
If you’re looking to kill some time while you wait, there’s a small shop on the bottom floor. Inside you’ll find to-go cream puffs and souvenir cookie tins to bring home.
The upstairs cafe didn’t necessarily feel like a Ghibli character cafe, rather it felt like the type of place you’d see in a Ghibli movie - a cozy home that belonged to the local baker with an affinity for botany and forest spirits. You know?
My sister and I both ordered our own cream puff and latte to match. Each little Totoro comes with a unique candy hat that represents the puffed filling inside.
More likely than not, you'll want to try more than one flavor, and these cream puffs are sharable. Here my sister is generously destroying/sharing her hazelnut choux cream.
The cream puffs are extraordinarily cute, a beautiful balance of textures, and not overly sweet. My chocolate cream paired well with matcha latte I ordered.
I am not the first to recommend Tolo Coffee & Bakery, and I know I won’t be the last. That being said, if you’re a fan of Ghibli or enjoy a delicious cream puff then make this a priority the next time you’re in Japan. I know I am excited to visit again in the future and try more flavors (I heard the strawberry is the best!)
You can check out their website and location here @ Tolo Tokyo
Till next time,