Top Consumer of Bread in Japan! 5 Best New Bread and Coffee Shops in Kyoto
Kyoto has been seeing the emergence of a string of markets that gather popular local breads, shops offering a variety of toasts and other breads that are a must-visit for bread lovers, and cafes that take pride in their special coffees. So, enjoy a blissful moment at lunchtime and teatime at such establishments. ＜※Information is from KansaiWalker (issued on November 7, 2017)＞
Kyoto Premier Bakery Market gathers and sells more than 50 types of breads from 10 bakeries with strong support from Kyoto, including Ame no Hi mo Kaze no Hi mo and Pandayori Nodoka. It also offers monthly special breads that are created in partnership with famous local restaurants. Take note of the original breads that you can only taste here.
For November, the collaboration breads are the “Ebi Imo to Gyu Shigure-ni no Aki no Fukiyose Sandwich” (sandwich of shrimp-shaped taro and beef simmered in soy sauce and mirin) (1,200 JPY, front in the photo), on which they have worked with Gion Nishikawa, and the “Nama Ham to 30-shu no Saien Salad Sandwich” (sandwich of cured ham and 30-vegetable salad) (1,100 JPY, back in the photo) with Gion 245.
This is the “Quattro Formaggi Toast Set” (1,300 JPY). It is best eaten with sugar syrup on top.
Breads that are overflowing with the unique characteristics of each shop are on display. Note, though, that there are no bread deliveries from the shops on days that they are closed.
You can enjoy the dishes and breads in the common eat-in corner for the 7th and 8th floors in the FOOD HALL of the building.
"Breads are delivered at opening time and at around 2:00 pm daily. The kinds of breads that are delivered in the morning and in the afternoon are different, so you can enjoy various types of breads twice in a day,” stated Kanna Sugihara, a staff at this establishment.
■ Kyoto Premier Bakery Market ＜Address: Sumitomo Fudosan Kyoto Bldg. 7F, 68 Higashi-iru Shin-cho, Kawara-machi, Shijo-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto / Phone: 075-251-0233 / Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm / Closed: None / Seating capacity: 60 seats, common / Smoking: Non-smoking / Parking space: None / Access: Directly connect to Hankyu Kawaramachi Station＞
Kyoto Premier Bakery Market
Dolce panda is a cafe that is famous for its rich variety of toasts and handmade sweets that incorporate ingredients that are good for the body. You can order half and half – a combination of any of the five types of savory toast and three types of sweet toast. Aside from organic teas, you can also pair the toasts with beer and wine.
This is the “Toast Set” (1,080 JPY) that can come in half and half combination. It comes with a drink, mini soup and mini dessert. “Renkon no Genovese” (lotus root Genovese) and “Niga-ama Marmalade no Camembert Cheese” (bittersweet marmalade and camembert cheese) toasts are combined in the set shown in the photo.
There are eight types of toast available at this shop (540 JPY each). Photo shows the “Sanma and Kujo Negi Cheese Toast” (saury and Kujo spring onion cheese toast). Enjoy the refreshing aftertaste of the kabayaki (way of cooking wherein the ingredient is dipped and broiled in soy sauce) saury that has been marinated in sudachi (a kind of Japanese citrus).
This is the “Dolce Set” (1,080 JPY) where you can choose from four types of desserts, including “Kinomi no Cheese Tart” (nutty cheese tart) (shown in photo). You can have it in half and half style, too.
Inside this store that is filled with a chic atmosphere, are counter seats only. Don’t forget to look up at the ceiling that has photos of flowers printed on it.
"We create the toast lineup according to the ingredients in season. There are ones that come out that are only available that day, so look forward to those!” explained Miku Sakakimoto, the owner of the shop.
■ dolce panda＜Address: 29-5 Murasakino Sekiryu-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto / Phone: 075-468-9590 / Hours: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm (last order) / Closed: Wednesday, Saturday, irregular days / Seating capacity: 6 seats / Smoking: Non-smoking / Parking space: None / Access: About 5 minutes on the City Bus Kita 1 from subway’s Kitaoji Station, then 1-minute walk from Shimotoridacho Bus Stop＞
Hashigo Cafe Kyoto is a spot that draws in customers thanks to its attractive space that has retained the interiors of a sento (public bath), such as retro tiles and skylight. Here, you can enjoy a heartwarming time with a cup of home roasted dark roast coffee from Wakayama’s famous shop called Mokuren that is only available here in all of Kyoto, as well as hearty lunch sets and homemade pastries, among other dishes in its extensive menu.
This is the “Otonasama Lunch” (Adult Lunch) (980 JPY) that changes every week. The large stuffed cabbage in the photo is available on Sundays.
This is the “French Toast Set” (800 JPY). There are two types available, the Western-style French toast in the photo, and Japanese-style toast that has an (bean paste) and other toppings.
The coffee uses the deep roasted Mokuren blend. It has an impressive richness and smoky bitterness, as well as sweet aftertaste.
The floor of what used to be the bathing area, where retro chairs and tables fit perfectly, has a pleasant sensation of soft light shining in from the skylight.
"By capitalizing in the vast space unique to public baths in the past, we also want to hold workshops and events in the future," said Takako Sugimoto, owner of the shop.
■ Hashigo Cafe Kyoto ＜Address: 3-4 Uzumasa Aokigahara-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto / Phone: 075-862-0845 / Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday / Closed: Wednesday and Thursday / Seating capacity: 40 seats / Smoking: Non-smoking / Parking space: 3 slots (free) / Access: 5-minute walk from JR Uzumasa Station, Randen Tokiwa Station＞
Hashigo Cafe Kyoto
The newest store of the popular coffee stand W/O STAND, which has five outlets in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo, has recently opened. Here, you can enjoy various types of coffees in a space that is filled with a Japanese vibe, starting with the “Espresso Romano” that fuses homemade lemon squash and the aroma of coffee.
Shown in the photo are the “Uji Matcha Latte” (550 JPY, right in the photo), “Espresso Romano” (550 JPY, front) and “Caramel Macchiato” (600 JPY, left)..
"Aside from the standards, we also offer a monthly drink. Our shop is close to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kodai-ji Tample, so feel free to drop by in the middle of your sightseeing trip,” said Rihoko Nakagawa, staff of the cafe.
■ W/O STAND Ninenzaka ＜Address: 349-21 Higashi-iru Masuya-cho, Shimokawara, Kodaiji Minamimon-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto / Phone: None / Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Closed: Irregular days / Seating capacity: 6 seats / Smoking: Non-smoking / Parking space: None / Access: About 5 minutes on the City Bus 207 from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station, then 3-minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus Stop＞
W/O STAND Ninenzaka
Kikushin Coffee is an idyllic hidden coffee shop that opened in a quiet alley near famous tourist spots such as Kennin-ji Temple and Yasui Konpiragu. Its highly aromatic coffee that is carefully extracted through the siphon method, one cup at a time, is best enjoyed with the shop’s original curry, toast and other light snacks and sweets.
Shown in the photo are the “Coffee Regular” (500 JPY, front in the photo), “Cheesecake” (500 JPY, middle) and “Jikasei Syrup no Lemon Squash” (lemon squash with homemade syrup) (550 JPY, back).
This shop’s home roasted coffee beans are mainly organic beans from China’s Yunnan province. Guests here also get to enjoy looking at how the coffee is extracted using a siphon.
This is a relaxing retro space.
"Siphon coffee is characterized by its rich flavor and a clean aftertaste. Our “Morning Set” 500 JPY (available until 11:00 am) is also popular," says Shota Azuma, manager of the shop.
■ Kikushin Coffee ＜Address: 61-11 Shimobenten-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto / Phone: 075-525-5322 / Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm / Closed: Sunday / Seating capacity: 8 seats / Smoking: Smoking allowed / Parking space: None / Access: About 5 minutes on the City Bus 207 from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station, then 2-minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus Stop＞
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 11.27.2017]
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