Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama CafeJun. 14, 2016 UPDATE
Enjoy seasonal delectable cakes each carefully made in this Kitayama store

MALEBRANCHE - Kitayama Main Store

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Located in Kitayama, or northern part of Kyoto, this main shop of MALEBRANCHE offers delicious out-of-this-world cakes that are beautifully prepared with selected high quality ingredients. The brand’s Cha no Ka green tea cookies are one of their well-known products sought upon by many people during their visit in Kyoto. At this main store, your eyes will be locked on to all the pastries that they offer making a decision of which one to try difficult. One of the pastries is Mont Blanc, a pastry l...moreoved by locals since the opening of MALEBRANCHE in 1982. At the salon in the back part of this main store is always filled with people enjoying their beautiful tea time with delightful cakes. There are several cakes that can only be enjoyed at this location attracting people to get a taste of the store’s specialty. The cakes are seasonally changed as well as the decoration inside the salon where you will see fresh seasonal flowers.
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You may have already seen MALEBRANCHE products around Kyoto, but did you know their main store is located in Kitayama area? It's located right across from Kyoto Botanical Garden, a beautiful locations that's is definitely worth a visit! In this MALEBRANCHE shop, you can sit-in and enjoy wonderful pastries. Check out their seasonal cakes, they are all so beautiful it's difficult to choose just one. I very much recommend this MALEBRANCHE cafe/salon!
mont blanc haute couture
1Must Eat !
Mont Blanc Haute Couture / ¥1,296
Eating Mont Blanc Haute Couture is something you won’t experience anywhere else. The pastry chef will approach your table with a cart to prepare this dessert right in front on you. Every bit of it is special in this cart-service. You will be picking a type of run out of several different types like Pampero Aniversario or Negrita Rhum. Alcohol-free syrups are also available. The rum or syrup is mixed in with diced chest nuts which will be topped on the plate next to a log of airy mousse ...moreglacée which comes cold like ice cream but gradually becomes mousse-like texture as it gets closer to room temperature. The best part of all is that it is topped off with fresh chestnut cream right in front of you providing with the best texture that a cake can possibly have.
strawberry cake
2Must Eat !
Strawberry Cake / ¥540
Simply delicious, this strawberry cake is exclusively made with eggs from Miyama located in northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. The sponge is moist and rich with hint of honey that sandwiches fresh cream and strawberries. High quality ingredients are transformed into beautifully presented Strawberry Cakes which are only available at this location.
yuki no ka mont blanc
3Let's Try !
Yuki no Ka Mont Blanc (Summer Mont Blanc) / ¥1,296
As part of the new “seasonal Mont Blanc” at MALEBRANCHE, they will offer this incredible shaved ice Mont Blanc for the summer starting from June 15 to beginning of September. Because of the use of natural spring water from Niko, Tochigi Prefecture, this special shaved ice is like no other. The shaved ice is incredibly soft, doesn’t melt fast yet it’s not too cold. This magical texture can only be known unless you try it. It’s definitely something you can only try in Japan. Just like MALEBRANCHE’...mores famous Mont Blanc Cake, this shaved ice is topped with delicious chestnut cream and creamy Bavarois on the bottom. Pour two different types of sauces (vanilla and blackcurrant) to enjoy variety of tastes.
french pressed coffee
4Let's Try !
French Pressed Coffee / ¥756
It’s already incredible that the cakes are carefully made and decorated seasonally to match the sensitivity of Japanese people towards seasons. Coffee is changed according to season as well. It is brewed using a French press on the table for plenty of coffee which goes perfectly well with a cake. Coffee beans are carefully selected, for example, Brazilian Sertaozinho is selected for its great balance of acidity and bitterness with clear taste perfect for complementing the freshness of spring. Th...moreere are other beverages as well like the fruit tea in which the fruits are cut right after each order is placed and brewed at the table.
How to Order & Eat
The names of cake are written in English on the menu.
- Order Tips -
Check out all the cakes available from regular selections to seasonal selections. There are also cakes that are available only at this location.
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MALEBRANCHE - Kitayama Main Store
Categories Cafe
Phone +81 75-722-3399
Address Shokubutsuen-Kitamonmae, Kitayama-dori, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions 3-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Karasuma Stn.
Hours 10am - 8pm (L.O.7:30pm)
Reservations Not available for salon.
Cake orders can be made in advance for pick-up.
Closed Open everyday
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Good for Romantic, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Menu Japanese, some English
Languages spoken Japanese
Number of seats 16 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
MALEBRANCHE - Kitayama Main Store +81 75-722-3399 -1/3

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