Although summer is coming to an end, Gelato will always be in season. At least that’s what the owners of Snow Picnic hope. The new experimental gelato shop recently opened up a few blocks from Nakano Station in Tokyo. Situated along the Yakushi-ai Road Shopping Street, and right next to the Spanish sweets shop papabubble, Snow Picnic offers a scientific approach to cold treats.
– 1-15-12 Arai, Nakano-ku (Google Map)
– Closed Tuesdays
After entering through the glass façade, proceed past three landings of different heights before arriving at the preparation counter in the back. Place your order and the attendants will use liquid nitrogen to create a plume of smoke that, once settles, reveals your freshly made gelato. Oh, and I hear the coffee is also really good.
The stylish interior, which features cantilevered table seating and sofas, is the work of architectural duo Torafu. “We sought to create a cozy and inviting lounge filled with plants that will serve as a showcase for the store’s unique gelato preparation method,” said the architects.