【Kansai】Top 6 Shops Famous for Fruit Sandwiches Loaded with Fruits
Filled with seasonal fruits, fruit sandwiches are a popular dish that can be eaten almost like sweets. From well-established fruit parlors to fruit stores, listed below are famous shops that serve these delectable fruit sandwiches that you will certainly go back to once you have tried them! ＜※This information is from the Keihanshin Tokimeki Bonno Sweets＞
A Specialty Shop's Masterpiece That Showcases the Original Sweetness of Fruits
Fruit & Cafe HOSOKAWA is a high-class fruit shop that was established in 1948. At its cafe space, you can enjoy desserts that use the same sweet and juicy fruits that are sold at its store, and people even come from far away just to taste these sweets. The fruit sandwich, which is this shop’s popular signature dish, is packed with five types of ripe fruits. The berry sandwich with various kinds of berries is also recommended.
This is the Fruit Sandwich (972 JPY) with five kinds of fruits, such as pineapple and papaya. The fresh cream has a mild sweetness and comes in a moderate quantity, so you can clearly enjoy the true taste of fruits. You can order this sandwich in a set with coffee or tea to avail of a 100 JPY discount. This sandwich is also available for take-out.
This shop sources fruits from all over Japan, procuring only those that are ripe enough for eating. They are picked using discerning eyes that have been honed from many years of experience.
The shop has a chic and calm atmosphere. It has a branch at Kyoto Takashimaya, but many customers still come to the main shop, claiming that they “love the atmosphere” there.
Fresh fruits are also sold at the storefront!
【CAFE DATA/Seating capacity: 12 seats (tables)/Drinks: About 15 kinds, including Coffee (540 JPY)/Food: None/Sweets: About 15 kinds of sweets, including the Rose Parfait (864 JPY) and Berry Sandwich (1,080 JPY)/Smoking: Non-smoking】
■ Fruit & Cafe HOSOKAWA
＜Address: 8 Shimogamo Higashi Hon-machi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto/Phone: 075-781-1733/Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last order at 5:00 pm)/Closed: Wednesdays/Parking area: 2 cars (free)/Access: Approx. 5 minutes on the City Bus 204 or 206 from subway’s Kitaoji Station. It is right next to the Shimogamo Higashi Honmachi bus stop＞
Fresh Fruits Make the Bread More Colorful
At Fruit Parlor Kimura, they sandwich sweet and juicy fruits between soft bread slices, along with a lot of fresh cream. Here, the limited-availability sweets that use seasonal fruits and the Shizuoka Crown Melon Parfait that is available all year round are recommended. They also offer a lot of products for take-out, including the Pine Board, in which the skin of a pineapple is generously filled with fruits, and jellies.
This is the hearty Mixed Fruit Sandwich (900 JPY for ala carte, 1,250 JPY for a set with coffee or tea) that has a beautiful cross section view. It comes with a side dish of seasonal fruits.
The cafe space inside the branch at Hankyu Sanbangai has a lively vibe.
Seasonal fruits, fruit jellies, cakes, and other items are also sold here. You can just shop and not eat, too.
【CAFE DATA/Seating capacity: 26 seats (tables)/Drinks: About 17 kinds, including Mixed Juice (600 JPY)/Food: None/Sweets: About 24 kinds of sweets, including the Shizuoka Crown Melon Parfait (prices start at 750 JPY)/Smoking: Non-smoking】
■ Fruit Parlor Kimura
＜Address: Hankyu Sanbangai Minami-kan B2, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka/Phone: 06-6372-8033/Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (last order at 8:00 pm), 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays (last order at 9:00 pm)/Closed: Irregular days/Parking area: 647 cars (use of the Hankyu Umeda Station’s parking area: 600 JPY for the first 60 minutes, and 300 JPY every 30 minutes thereafter)/Access: Directly connected to Hankyu Umeda Station＞
Packed with Sweet Amao Strawberries
At Fruit Garden Yamaguchi Kudamono Uehonmachi Main Shop - a dedicated fruit shop that serves delights like kakigori (shaved ice) that generously uses fruits - the one menu item that has been gaining a lot of popularity lately is the fruit sandwich. The ones sold at the Eki Marche Shin-Osaka Branch that opened in 2015 are popular as snacks to be eaten inside shinkansen (bullet train) and as presents. They sell as many as 150 fruit sandwiches per day!
This is the Amao Ichigo Sandwich (Amao strawberry sandwich) (700 JPY). It is a luxurious dish that can be characterized by Amao strawberries literally spilling out of the sandwich from whatever part of it you bite into. The juicy Amao strawberries and the sweetness of the fresh cream are truly a perfect match! Availability of this sandwich is dependent on whether they have the strawberries in stock.
This shop sells fruits from various parts of Japan. You can have the fruit sandwiches for take-out or eat them inside the shop.
An array of fruits are sold in front of the shop.
【CAFE DATA/Seating capacity: 20 seats (12 table seats and 8 counter seats)/Drinks: About 10 kinds, including a 350 JPY drink/Food: None/Sweets: About 20 kinds of sweets, including Fruit Punch Jelly (340 JPY)/Smoking: Non-smoking】
■ Fruit Garden Yamaguchi Kudamono Uehonmachi Main Shop
＜Address: Koei Bldg. 1F, 2-1-19 Uehonmachi-nishi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka/Phone: 06-6191-6450/Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (last order at 7:30 pm)/Closed: Irregular days/Parking area: None/Access: 5-minute walk from subway’s Tanimachi 6-chome Station＞
Rainbow-Colored Sandwich Loaded with Fruit Juice
At fruit cafe Saita! Saita!, there is an extensive lineup of sweets created by the shop manager, who possesses an eye for assessing when fruit is ripe enough to eat that he sharpened at a fruit and vegetable shop. The fruit sandwiches here use classic fruits, as well as seasonal fruits like persimmons in the autumn and watermelons in the summer. The mildly sweet cream draws out the natural sweetness of the fruits to create an exquisite balance of flavors. Their seasonal smoothies are also famous.
This is the Fruit Sandwich (880 JPY) that comes with seasonal fruits and yogurt with homemade jam. A 150 JPY discount will be applied when this is ordered as a set with a drink.
Homemade jams using seasonal fruits are sold beside the cashier. They are also used for the yogurt that accompanies the food served in this shop.
You can spot this shop by looking for the green roof beside 7-Eleven.
【CAFE DATA/Seating capacity: 15 seats (tables)/Drinks: About 28 kinds, including the Mixed Juice (500 JPY)/Food: None/Sweets: About 3 kinds of sweets, including the Fruit Punch (780 JPY)/Smoking: Non-smoking】
■ fruit cafe Saita! Saita
＜Address: 1-1-15 Aioi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo/Phone: 078-362-6737/Hours: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm (last order at 6:00 pm), 11:30 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays/Closed: Tuesdays and every 3rd Wednesday/Parking area: None/Access: Right next to Hanshin Nishi-Motomachi Station＞
The Huge Slices are Juicy and Luxurious
Fruit Parlor Yaoiso is a fruit shop that was opened in 1869. Its specialty is the Fruit Sandwich, which is famous among many people in Kyoto. This sandwich initially had thinly sliced fruits, but after realizing that “the delicious fruits were being wasted”, the shop apparently decided to cut the fruits into big portions.
This is the Special Fruit Sandwich (864 JPY). It is the fruit sandwich that is representative of Kyoto! The big cuts of fruits are juicy and filling.
For take-out, head to the main shop (075-841-0353) that is just four doors down. This shop offers a wide array of luxurious fruits that are perfect as gifts or to consume at home.
【CAFE DATA/Seating capacity: 34 seats (tables)/Drinks: About 10 kinds, including the Mixed Juice (432 JPY)/Food: None/Sweets: About 30 kinds of sweets, including the seasonal Fruit Parfait (1,080 JPY)/Smoking: Non-smoking】
■ Fruit Parlor Yaoiso
＜Address: 496 Tatsunaka-cho, Shijo Omiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto/Phone: 075-841-0353/Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last order at 4:45 pm), and 9:00 am – 6:00 pm at the main shop/Closed: None/Parking area: None/Access: Right next to Hankyu Omiya Station＞
Premium Fruits with a Remarkable Luster
Located near Kinkakuji Temple and Hirano Jinja Shrine, Fruit & Parlor CRICKET is a fruit parlor that has been loved by customers for more than 40 years. It offers many dishes that fully capitalize on the delicious flavors of the ingredients, such as the Fruit Jelly, filled with fruit juice, that uses the skins of fruits as containers, and the Fruit Sandwich that generously uses seven seasonal fruits. Inside the shop, seasonal fruits and pre-cut fruits are also sold.
The hearty Fruit Sandwich represents the perfect harmony between fresh cream that is light on the sweetness and the moderate acidity of fruits inside soft bread. Shown in the photo is the Fruit Sandwich (1,200 JPY).
This shop was renovated in 2017, giving it a modern vibe. The display racks are filled with a wide array of jellies, which are the pride of this shop.
【CAFE DATA/Seating capacity: 24 seats (tables)/Drinks: About 15 kinds, including Coffee (350 JPY)/Food: About 4 kinds, including the Tokusei Curry Rice (special curry rice) (700 JPY)/Sweets: About 17 kinds of sweets, including the seasonal Fruit Parfait (1,200 JPY)/Smoking: Non-smoking】
■ Fruit & Parlor CRICKET
＜Address: Sunny Heim Kinkakuji 1F, 68-1 Hirano Hatchoyanagi-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto/Phone: 075-461-3000/Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last order at 5:30 pm)/Closed: Irregularly closed on Tuesdays/Parking area: 1 car (free), partner parking area available/Access: 5-minute walk from Randen Kitanohakubaicho Station＞
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 03.06.2018]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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