While many may think of autumn in Kyoto as a time to catch the beautiful fall foliage, it’s also the season of delicious autumn themed parfaits—many of which use a hardy helping of grapes, figs, apples, and chestnuts!
Keep scrolling to see some of the best tasting and best-looking parfaits Kyoto has to offer¬, including ones decorated with seasonally appropriate autumn leaves and cake-like mountains of chestnut cream.
After you’ve done reading, make sure to check out some of these magnificent looking autumn exclusive parfaits while they last!
Parfait Name: Wa-no-Imoguri Parfait
Available: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31
Eiyakuya’s Wa-no-Imoguri Parfait pairs two of Japan’s most beloved autumn delights; chestnuts and sweet potatoes.
The sweet potato chips and large roasted chestnut in addition to the crimson maple leaf give this seasonal parfait an incredible and unmistakable fall look.
Packed with small mochi-like rice flour balls, a soft and fluffy sweet potato azuki bean paste and original Japanese chestnut ice cream, Eirakuya’s Wa-no-Imoguri Parfait features all the trappings of a traditional Japanese wagashi sweets shop. Because of this, it gives off an intense feeling of the very Kyoto-esque Japanese concept of “Wa.”
The sweet potato azuki bean paste is quite sweet, so if you love sweet potato and chestnut, or just love sweet things, then this parfait is for you!
Eng: Shijo Noboru, Kawaramachi Dori, Higashigawachō Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Parfait Name: Late Autumn Chestnuts and Hojicha Parfait
Available: Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 *may become unavailable earlier than stated
More than anything, this chestnut and hojicha roasted green tea parfait is fun to eat.
Crack the layer of meringue that sits on top to reveal a sanctum of large candied chestnuts below. Add the accompanying pear sauce or Kisshokaryo original roasted ground soybean kinako powder to transform the flavors and add an extra level of depth.
As this parfait centers around the two ingredients of chestnuts and hojicha, it consists of exactly the brilliantly rich and intense flavors you’d expect.
The natural nutty sweetness of the chestnut cream and large candied pieces of chestnuts work to draw out the fragrant aromas of the roasted green tea and result in the aforementioned strong flavors.
The other aspect of this parfait we can’t leave out is the white chocolate and caramel coated almond pieces.
The almonds have a satisfying crunch and add a nuanced flavor to the parfait that will have you licking your glass clean.
This parfait is perfect for those who get sick of eating their parfait partway through.
Parfait Name: Ojigi Parfait (Autumn)
Available: Mid-September – Early November *might become unavailable earlier than stated
Fukunaga901’s cute autumn parfait features impressive sugar flowers, pink meringues, and large pione grapes.
Usually Fukunaga901’s limited time only parfaits usually focus on only one fruit, but this autumn parfait is packed with not only pione grapes, but pears and apples too. Fukunaga901 has also taken the time to preserve each variety of fruit and turn them into compote. As a result, the overall flavors of the parfait are given a brilliant and much appreciated extra level depth.
With tiramisu and custard filling the cracks between the packed in fruit, another big draw of this parfait is the different flavors that each new mouthful provides.
Also, don’t forget to check out the cute glass as well. In keeping with the name ojigi—meaning “bow” in Japanese—the glass been cut in such a way as to put the parfait on a slight, almost bowing, lean.
Eng: Kyoto Station Bldg 8F, 901 Higashishiokoji-cho, Karasuma St., Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8216
Jpn: 京都市下京区烏丸通塩小路下ル東塩小路町901番地 京都駅ビル内 8F
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Last order: 7:30 p.m.)
None (excluding New Year’s holidays)
Parfait Name: Mugesambo Seasonal Parfait
Available: Mid-October – Early November
Mugesambo’s mezmarizing jewel-like seasonal parfait features chestnuts and five delectable autumn fruits: Japanese persimmons, nashi, Muscat grapes, regular grapes, and figs.
The sweet chestnut paste balances well with the fruit and provides the parfait with the delicious contrasting flavors of a juicy fruitiness and rich creaminess.
The additions of the jelly that smells of sweet osmanthus and fragrant roasted nuts works to showcase Mugesambo’s individuality, and adds fantastic nuanced flavors to the parfait.
This parfait is a must-try for anyone looking to enjoy the flavors of autumn fruits to their fullest.
Parfait Name: Marron Parfait
Available: Oct. 1 – Late December
Gion Komori’s gorgeous Marron Parfait is topped with a large helping of cake-like chestnut cream. In addition to the large chunks of chestnuts hiding beneath the thick layer of cream, there are layers of matcha ice cream, matcha jelly and other matcha delights.
The mildly bitter matcha jelly works exquisitely with the slightly sweet chestnut cream, so we recommend eating away at the parfait little by little until you’re able to mix the different layers while you eat.
This parfait is for those wanting to try an autumn exclusive but not wanting to miss out on a classic Kyoto matcha parfait.
|Yumemi[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|