Harajuku is an ever-changing pocket of changing shops, restaurants and hang-out spots. As much as Harajuku is famed for its pastel colored crepes Harajuku has developed a sweet spot for something a little different, especially in the sizzling, humid heat dead in the Japanese summer Harajuku kids
were craving something cooler. Their prayers were answered when just off Takeshita dori "Eddy's Ice cream" has opened, - an ice cream shop with all the pop and cute that Harajuku is famous for with the added bonus of letting Harajuku kids use their boundless creativity to create their own ice cream.
My friend and I visited their newly opened store when the temperature was at a boiling 37 degrees, but the humidity made it somehow seem 45. We made the mistake of visiting on a Sunday - Harajuku's busiest day and choc-full of tourists. A TV crew were also rolling inside the parlour at the time, filming all different kinds of cute Japanese girls devouring their pink ice cream, so we waited over half an our with beads of sweat dripping from us.
The experience however, was well worth the wait. The parlor inside was cozy but comfortable, decorated in the style of a 1950s diner with oodles of pastel pink and turquoise. Menus displayed the different kinds of ice cream and toppings; although the soft serve was limited to strawberry, vanilla or a mix of the two the toppings were infinite. You could choose one of their pre-made designs or build an ice cream from scratch. We both went with the pre-made designs but added a little flare of our own. My friend chose the "Lovely" design, with giant glittery pink lips and pastel ribbon and an extra added star, whilst I chose the "Unicorn" cone with little white chocolate unicorn and candyfloss, I also added a "rainbow" arch for added flamboyance. The pre-made cones are about 900yen - 1000yen each and the toppings range from 50yen to 400yen depending on detail. I ended up dropping 1,500yen but pleased with how unique my ice cream came out.
The interior had counters for eating a couple of cute spots to take photos, one of which being this glorious flamingo-pink vintage telephone.This is a nice place to come even just to take photos, especially if you are wearing Harajuku fashion. You will have to weave in and out of the hordes of Japanese high school girls taking selfies, but the outcome will be worth it.
Thankfully they give you a little cardboard box to rest your ice cream in while you eat it as it is a very messy business. The heat made mine melt almost instantly and cause shards of cone and flake to crumble everywhere, but the coldness of the ice cream was refreshing at least. Honestly the taste was not the best part of the experience, as it was mostly just plain strawberry ice cream and white chocolate which tasted a little waxy. However I will definitely go back for the cute decor and picture spots. If you have a sweet tooth and end up wandering around Takeshita dori for something cool to eat, check out "Eddy's Ice cream", they also have an Instagram with a catalog of their creations so you can plan in advance!