Kyoto has an image as the place to go for Japanese food, but did you know that Kyoto is also famous for its great bakeries?
Actually, the people of Kyoto eat the most bread in Japan! And in the number of bakeries in Japan, Kyoto is number two. This is how seriously bakeries are thought of in Kyoto. I’m going to tell you about five bakeries in Kyoto that offer incredible bread, so join me on my journey to find a freshly baked Kyoto that is not only about kaiseki cuisine!
First, I’m going to tell you about three local bakeries loved by the locals. These bakeries are always full of customers looking to buy some yummy treats. All of these bakeries are famous places that the bread-loving Kyotoites keep going back to.
This bakery, GRANDIR OIKE, is famous for their freshly baked paninis and dense, chewy bagels. They make the panini after your order so you will get it piping hot!
GRANDIR OIKE is close to the Kyoto City Hall. The entrance to the shop is black and it stands out.
These are the famous bagels.
After going into the shop, on your right, you will have this rack with 15 different kinds of bagels on it! Many people come to this shop every day to buy their bagels.
They have many other types of bread besides bagels too. They all look yummy so it is difficult to decide what to buy… They are open from 8 a.m. so Grandir is perfect for breakfast too.
I also want to recommend Walder that is a 5-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station and is easily recognized from its wooden door. The cozy and warm look of this bakery makes it look almost like it came straight out of a fairytale.
Most of their bread has a hard crust, and on holidays they have almost 100 types of bread on sale! Seeing this much bread at once makes me excited!
The most popular item among Walder-fans is this bread! All Walder-fans buy this bread, so I had to try it too, and once you taste it you will know why so many people like it. The inside of the bread is soft, while the crust is fragrant and crunchy. It goes well with jam, cheese, syrup, with anything!
I rather recommend Walder, they even have some new Kyoto-like bread that use ingredients made in Kyoto!
Next, we have a bakery that is a 3-minute walk away from subway Karasumaoike Station. This bakery is quite famous among the people of Kyoto, and some famous Italian restaurants even serve their bread.
You will know the bakery from this red sign.
Why are there Italian restaurants that also serve Hanago’s bread? This is because Hanago’s bread goes really well with sake and food! Most of the bread has a hard crust and they taste better and are more fragrant if you toast them for a bit.
The bakery is trendy to the straw: their trays are bamboo sieves and there is a huge flower mural on the wall.
The last two bakeries also have a café in the shop. Takeout is a good choice, but freshly baked bread tastes the best. Let’s introduce some bakeries where you can enjoy freshly baked bread!
Le Petit Mec Oike is a rather famous bakery in Kyoto, and many people have heard of its name at least once.
Just looking at all these products on display, all the different kinds of sandwiches and sweet tarts, all based on the concept of the bakery: “French-style fast food.”
Le Petit Mec Oike has a terrace! At Le Petit Mec Oike they also have drinks like coffee and cafe latte so how about ordering a drink with your bread?
Le Petit Mec Oike is on a quiet alley with a nice relaxed atmosphere so sitting on the terrace on a sunny day is a nice chance to just sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee and some bread. This bakery is only a 3-minute walk from subway Karasumaoike Station so how about paying them a visit?
Le Petit Mec Oike
Lastly, we have Annee. Anne is both a café and a bakery! There are not many places like Annee in Kyoto.
Their bread can be seen on the right side after the entrance, and of course, they also offer takeout.
They heat the bread for you so it tastes like it was freshly baked.
The bakery is cute, and inside it always smells of bread being baked; this why I too often find my way leading into this shop. This bakery is also close from subway Karasumaoike Station, so during lunchtime, the bakery is bustling with customers.
And unusually for a bakery, it is open until 10 p.m., so you can actually have dinner here too so this is one convenient bakery! Of course, they also offer takeout until 10 p.m. so you can buy some bread after going out sightseeing for the day before you head back to your hotel.
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