5 dessert parlours to try in Chinatown London
Satisfy your sweet-tooth with something a little different from Chinatown London. With enough dessert options to keep your tastebuds tantalised for weeks on end, we’ve rounded up five sweet spots that’ll go down a treat.
The emporium that launched a thousand waffle cones, held aloft in front of Chinatown London’s grand gates. Yes, Bubblewrap’s cuddly waffle cones, generously stuffed with fresh fruits, ice cream and Oreo have been clogging-up feeds of dessert devotees since the parlour opened in 2017. What can we say about Bubblewrap’s sensational, Hong Kong-style snacks? Waffle down, pronto!
Bubblewrap, 24 Wardour St, London, W1D 6QJ
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
With palm-leaf print walls, electric signs and bundles of colourful Filipino desserts to choose from it’s no wonder Mamasons are hitting the social media sweet spot. Filipino “dirty” ice cream involves the traditional Manila technique of mixing ice and salt into ice cream (with the help of a sturdy pair of hands and a steel drum).
But why’s it dirty you ask? Some say the name was spread by mothers looking to scare naughty kids away from gorging themselves silly on this popular street treat. Sorry mums, the desserts are perfectly clean, and utterly irresistible!
Try the ube-filled bilog, a pandesal milk bun filled with purple yam ice cream, lightly toasted and dusted with a sugar coating.
Mamasons, 32 Newport Court, London, WC2H 7PQ
The ancient art of Japanese matcha tea ceremony gets a 21st century remix at Tsujiri. The heritage tea house has a 155 year-old legacy in Japan and their Newport Court outpost serves up ceremonial grade healthy matcha and sencha teas alongside seriously Insta-worthy matcha sundaes piled high with tasty toppings.
Tsujiri, 33 Newport Court, London, WC2H
Golden Gate Cake Shop
With over 80 kinds of Oriental cakes in Golden Gate Cake Shop you’ll be spoiled for choice!
The Mango Cake has a zingy, fruity taste with layers of fresh mango on top of the cream, perfect for spring. While their Creamy Custard Buns with a sweet rich milky filling encased in soft dough are simply irresistible.
The shop also makes customised birthday cakes in bright colours, topped with fresh fruit or in fun shapes like Hello Kitty. So why not surprise someone with a quirky custom-made treat?
Golden Gate Cake Shop, 13 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BR
It’s hard to believe one small bakery can whisk you on a whistle-stop tour of Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea and back again, but Bake manages to shoehorn an entire Asian continent’s worth of baked delights within their four walls.
Bake’s superstar snack is their take on a Japanese Taiyaki – a fish-shaped cake. Instead of cake, their Taiyaki is a fish-shaped waffle cone (fashioned by their Japanese-imported press) into which a hearty serving of soft, matcha tea ice cream is dolloped.
Bake, 9 Wardour St, London W1D 6PF
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