Kyoto has a strong, traditional Japanese image, but in reality, its bread consumption per household is the largest in the country. With a great number of delicious bakeries all over the city, it's absolutely overflowing with bread! Here are 5 of Kyoto's most popular bakeries that you'll want to visit for breakfast or for a snack!
1. Le petitmec IMADEGAWA (Nijo Castle)
This is a highly popular bakery known nationwide. Among their many shop branches, the original bakery in Imadegawa is the most popular. There's also an eat-in space within the red-themed shop. One of its charms is their French bistro-like atmosphere, which can be accredited to the red gingham checkered tablecloth covering their tables. For those with a bit of a sweet tooth, try the Croissant à la Crème (210 JPY), a croissant stuffed with custard and whipped cream. Their sandwiches made with baguette or ciabatta (around 350 JPY) are perfect for lunch, and their hard bread is also filling and very rich. Please note that the shop is open only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
2. Tamaki-tei (Uji)
This bakery is also renowned among bread lovers all over the country. Despite being on the outskirts of the city, Tamaki-tei is so popular that, even on weekends, people have to line up to enter the shop. They have roughly 100 varieties of bread, and among them, the absolute must-eat is the Pain Choux (220 JPY (excl. tax)), bread wrapped around cubed bacon and potatoes. The flavor of the escargot butter, which is seasoned with garlic, parsley, and pepper, is to die for! Another popular item is the Curry Bread (220 JPY (excl. tax)), bread stuffed with homemade curry and then deep-fried. The bakery offers a wide variety of bread, from savory breads to sweet breads like the Ujibashi-Dori (240 JPY (excl. tax)), which has roasted green tea kneaded into the dough and is then filled with adzuki bean paste and cream.
3. Flip up! (Karasuma Oike)
A bakery within walking distance from Karasuma-Oike Station. Their workshop is right behind the display counter and the shop is always filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread. There is a wide lineup of sweet breads that are perfect as snacks, but the item that is gaining the most popularity is the chewy Bagel (from 120 JPY to 200 JPY). The bakery usually offers 8 or 9 bagel varieties, from the extremely popular chocolate flavor, to fig, orange, and other fruity flavors, up to more traditional Japanese tastes, like the bagel with boiled sweet black soybeans kneaded into its dough and sprinkled with sugar and kinako (soybean powder).
4. Walder (Kawaramachi)
Walder is located in Kyoto's first shopping district, Kawaramachi, which is close to Nishiki Market, a very popular spot for tourists. The shelves of the small, cozy bakery are filled to the brim with a wide variety of breads, including German bread made with 4 different kinds of natural yeast, hard bread made using rye, Danish pastries, a dessert from the Alsace region in France called Kouglof, and more. The Pretzel (around 180 JPY) is especially popular. Walder's breads are very diverse, ranging from plain, containing nuts, sprinkled with sugar, or filled with cream. The Danish (around 240 JPY), made with seasonal fresh fruit, is extremely popular, too!
5. Grandir Oike Branch (Kawaramachi)
Grandir has been loved by the locals since its establishment 30 years ago. The Oike branch is located in a very convenient area within a 1-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, and is also within walking distance from the central part of the shopping district. The bakery has a lineup of more than 100 kinds of bread at a reasonable price, from bread that goes well with meals, to snack breads like Danish pastries, muffins, and more. Their bagels, which cost from 150 to 200 JPY, are very popular. Customers can choose among a wide variety of flavors besides the original plain, including chocolate, maple syrup, walnut, and so forth. Many customers visit the shop with the purpose of buying their Panini (around 400 JPY), which are baked just after receiving the order.
This article has introduced a wide variety of bakeries ranging from bakeries located in the city center, to those located on the outskirts of the city. All of them are very popular and definitely worth a try!
*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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