Since moving to Japan 7 months ago, tea and cake is something that has severely missing from my life. Perhaps that’s because I’ve grown up in England, or perhaps I just really like cake… either way, my recent trip to Marbre Vegan was truly needed.
Marbre Vegan is a 100% vegan cake cafe next to Shinjuku Gyoen Park, selling an amazing selection of vegan and gluten-free cakes in Tokyo – they also have a few sandwiches on their menu. They are one of the top-rated bakeries in Tokyo!
Let me tell you about the types of cakes you can get here!
At a glance:
Payment: Card and cash accepted- payment at the end
Reservation required?: No
How to order: Server will take your order at the table
A popular Japanese cake
A type of cake you’ll see in a lot of shop windows and cafes when exploring Japan is a strawberry shortcake. Cake made up of soft layers of sponge cake, fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream, I used to love eating but hadn’t eaten since becoming vegan.
So, when I saw Mabre Vegan had a vegan strawberry shortcake in their store, they quickly moved to the top of my need-to-go list!
Marbre Vegan cafe space
Marbre Vegan is a small and cosy cafe with around 14 seats. As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by a lit-up cabinet of beautiful-looking cakes and a super-friendly and welcoming team.
Marbre Vegan menu
They have a brilliant selection of vegan and gluten-free cakes on their menu and a rotating sandwich menu too. Everything is clearly labelled in both Japanese and English so you are able to see which are low-carb or gluten and alcohol-free.
According to HappyCow, they also serve curries, (possibly only on Sundays). Hmm, definitely going to be back for them!
You can also order entire cakes, you just have to either call them up or email them to let them know.
Marbre Vegan drinks menu
At Marbre Vegan, they have a small selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as soymilk which can be paired with them. I ordered a black coffee which came in a pretty cup and saucer set, and asked for some milk which came on the side.
We also ordered Darjeeling tea which came in a really interesting mug with a timer (forgot to take a picture…). Although both were very nice drinks, my only complaint would be the drinks weren’t big enough to be enjoyed with our cakes.
Maybe it’s a British thing? But we all could have done with bigger cups. Especially for the tea, as there was only a small amount of water inside, so it was a little disappointing. We just LOVE tea!
Hot drinks: ¥495 (£2.90/ $3.64)
- Darjeeling tea
- Earl grey tea
- Fruit tea
- Black tea
Cold drinks: ¥550 (£3.23/ $4.04)
- Iced caffeine-less coffee
- Iced early grey tea
- Iced muscat tea
- Orange juice
What we ordered at Marbre Vegan
Strawberry Cake – いちごショートケーキ
This strawberry shortcake was just as I had remembered: light sponge, soft fluffy cream and sweet strawberries. Each mouthful was like eating soft, fluffy clouds which was just glorious!
This vegan strawberry shortcake from Marbre is a type of cake everyone should try at least once when they come to Japan!!
Wondering what else you should try when you come to Japan? Have a look at this list!
It was 凄く懐かしい (sugoku natsukashi) / so nostalgic!) This was the type of cake my brothers and I would have on our birthdays growing up in Japan. So I’m so pleased I could have it again!
Price: ¥715 (£4.20/ $5.26)
M soléil – エムソレイユ
This layered dessert was amazing! A sponge cake on the bottom made from rice flour, a mid-layer filled with smooth and creamy vanilla mousse topped with the most satisfying crispy caramelised crunch.
It was similar to a creme brulee, just with a sponge cake bottom. The caramelised top was fun to break before eating it (because I’m a child, don’t you judge me!) and also had a great texture that paired with the smooth inside. If you order this, make sure you eat it without taking the film off : )
Price: ¥720 (£4.23/ $5.29)
Blueberry tart – ブルーベリータルト
I’m so glad one of us ordered this tart because I was shocked by how good it tasted! Although I like the sound and look of it, the other cakes tempted me too much so I would have missed being able to try it if I was by myself. But you should definitely order it if you get the chance!
It’s soft and creamy with a great fresh blueberry taste and a slightly harder base. It’s not overly sweet, has a good balance of taste, and definitely won’t leave you feeling sick afterwards.
Price: ¥715 (£4.20/ $5.26)
Chocolate chestnut cream cake -チョコレート和栗のマロンケーキ
This was another item I would not have automatically chosen, especially because of its chocolate flavour. Don’t get me wrong, I do love chocolate but chocolate-flavoured desserts aren’t my first choice.
Although this was so good! Trying this incredible combination of chestnut-flavoured chocolate sponge cake and rich chocolate ganache made me realise I’m too accustomed to my own taste. It’s a clear sign that I should break free from my comfort zone and explore options that wouldn’t typically be my initial preference!
Price: ¥955 (£5.61/ $7.02)
Things that are close to Marbre Vegan
- Shinjuku Gyoen Garden | 1 min walk
- Shinjuku Golden Gai | 13 min walk
- Yoyogi Park | 36 min walk/ 21 min train
- Yayoi Kusama Museum | 37 min walk/ 25 min train
- Tokyo Skytree | 36 min train
Vegan options close to Marbre Vegan
V = Vegan, VO = Vegan Option
- Ain Soph Journey | V | 5 min walk
- Green Italian TORCIA | VO | 10 min walk
- HealthyTOKYO CBD Shop & Cafe (Shinjuku) | V | 8 min walk
- Ippudo plant-based studio | VO | 11 min walk/ 9 min train
- Kakekomi Gyoza | VO | 16 min walk / 13 min train
How to get to Marbre Vegan
Shinjuku, 2-chōme−1−５, Parkside Sq, 1st Floor, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0022
1 min walk from Shinjuku-gyoemmae station
5 min walk from Shinjuku-Sanchome station
10 min walk from Shinjuku station
Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 7:00 (LO 18:00)
Check social media for any irregular closures
With a wonderful selection of vegan cakes and the friendliest team, it’s no surprise that Marbre Vegan in Tokyo is so highly regarded! Get yourself to Shinjuku for some delicious vegan cake and enjoy a walk around Shinjuku Gyoen Garden afterwards!
If you like cakes and baked goods you might want to check out this vegan bakery in Tokyo too!