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In some ways, stylish accessories and desserts aren’t so different. Just as no one actually needs more sugar and frosting in their diet, jewelry and brand-name bags don’t really perform any practical function.

Still, one can’t live by bread alone, and the occasional indulgence isn’t likely to ruin your health or bank balance. Choosing which way to reward yourself can be a tricky endeavor, however, which is why today we’re sharing four Tokyo confectioners where you can get sweets that look like high fashion.

1. Q-pot Café

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Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Aoyama 3-10-12
東京都港区北青山3-10-2
Open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Website

Easily straddling these two fields is the Q-pot Café, owned and operated by accessory maker Q-pot. The Q-pot Café is located in trendy Aoyama, and its nondescript exterior belies the whimsical look of the nine different rooms inside. The number is no coincidence, as kyu, the Japanese word for nine, is a homonym with the letter Q.

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Many of Q-pot’s pouches and cell-phone straps feature candy motifs, and the Q-pot Café brings things full circle by serving the house special macarons and cupcakes on illustrated plates that make them look like rings or necklaces.

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2. Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris

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Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 3-4-1 Shinkokusai Building
東京都千代田区丸の内 3-4-1新国際ビル
Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Website

Despite the name, you don’t need to go to France for the second café on our list, just to the heart of Tokyo’s financial district. Owner/chef Sadaharu Aoki has worked in Paris, though, and aims to provide the same level of quality Parisians demand to his clientele in Japan. He has the culinary skills to deliver on this promise, too, as the café’s Valencia cake received an award from judges at the prestigious Charles Proust Competition, held in the French capital.

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As if the cake’s pedigree and mixture of refreshing orange, crunchy praline, and sweet chocolate wasn’t enough, the café’s pastry chef’s sweeten the deal by topping the Valencia with a miniature tiara.

3. Louange Tokyo

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Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 4-5-7
東京都港区六本木4-5-7
Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-12 midnight, Sundays and holidays 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Website

With a closing time of midnight, Louange Tokyo stays open pretty late for a sweets shop, but what else would you expect from a swanky establishment in Tokyo’s nightlife center of Roppongi?

Louange’s cake artists craft their wares into works of art, which can be topped with chocolates shaped like high-heeled shoes and tubes of lipstick.

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One of their most striking creations is the ruby cake, fashioned after a ring adorned with a dazzling precious stone.

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At 5,000 yen (US $48), it’s not cheap, but Louange justifies the expense by pointing out that the cake is made with an ingredient that costs 50,000 yen per kilogram, the ultra-exclusive Indonesian Kopi Luwak coffee, also known as coffee made after the beans are pooped out by a small animal.

▼ This little guy’s bowl movements have more economic value than most of our jobs.

4. Maman Latona

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Address: Tokyo-to, Machida-shi, Minami Tsukushino 4-17-16
東京都町田市南つくし野4-17-16
Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Website

Finally, Maman Latona is the farthest outside of central Tokyo, being located west of downtown in Machida. It’s still worth the train ride, though, in order to pick up a piece of birthstone chocolate.

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Each of the twelve months gets its own unique color and flavor, and even comes in a special decorative box. Once again, at 945 yen a pop ($9.25), these are hardly budget-priced chocolates. That said, if you’re unlucky enough to have a girlfriend who was born in April and won’t stop dropping hints about how her birthstone is the diamond, this starts to look like a very economical alternative.

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Source: Naver Matome
Top image: Louange Tokyo
Insert images: Q-pot Café, Who Talking, Livedoor, Hitosara, Louange Tokyo, Cat Poop Coffee Inc., Maman Latona