Enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit at its very best at Fruit & Café Hosokawa in Kyoto’s Shimogamo area
Fruit & Café Hosokawa is a famous fruit parlor in Kyoto, located close to Shimogamo Shrine. The specialty of this place is that they offer fruit at its very best ripeness, at its sweetest. Their menu lets you enjoy the deliciousness of the fruits themselves and contains such classics as their famous fruit sandwich, but you can also have fruit parfaits, cakes, and juice here too. Their fruit sandwich is so popular and famous that many people come from other faraway cities in Japan to Hosokawa in order to taste it. They also have seasonal fruit sandwiches which I’d like to also recommend. You can have the fruit sandwich here at the café, or you can have one to go and enjoy it while you enjoy sightseeing at Shimogamo Shrine.
Fruit sandwich
Fruit sandwich / ¥900
Pineapple, papaya, banana, strawberry, and melon: all that in this one sandwich! Hosokawa’s popular fruit sandwich is not too sweet, but it lets you enjoy the taste of the fruits themselves. This is something you definitely have to order if you come to Hosokawa.
Berry sandwich
Berry sandwich / ¥1,000
The berry sandwich is also one of the more popular menu items at Fruit & Café Hosokawa. It contains strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and handmade berry jam, not forgetting the whipped cream. The jam goes very well with the berries. This sandwich offers a different, but an equally sweet alternative to the fruit sandwich.
Rose Parfait
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Rose Parfait / ¥800
The classic parfait at Hosokawa is this, Rose Parfait. It contains kiwi fruit, pineapple, apple, orange, strawberry, and blueberry: altogether seven different fruits! This is a luxurious parfait, just as expected from a fruit parlor.
Mixed fruit juice
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Mixed fruit juice / ¥700
The mixed fruit at Hosokawa contains cantaloupe, banana, apple, orange, and pineapple. You can taste the true sweetness and umami of the fruits in this juice.
How to Order

Hosokawa menu

The menu is only in English, but it has pictures of the parfaits and fruit sandwiches so choosing is easy. 

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They also sell high-quality fruit at the shop, which is rare in Kyoto. 

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This place, now one of the most famous fruit parlors in Kyoto, used to be a fruit shop, and its history began 70 years ago. They only use fresh fruit, and you can enjoy fresh seasonal fruit every season. I had the fruit sandwich, and I liked how the whipped cream was not too sweet, because it made the sweetness of the fruit stand out more.
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Fruit & Café Hosokawa
Category Cafes
Phone +81 75-781-1733
Address 8 Higashi Honmachi, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions Take Kyoto City Bus #4 or #205 from Kyoto Station and get off at Rakuhoku Koko-mae bus stop, from where it’s a 3-minute walk to Hosokawa. Or you can take Kyoto City Bus #204 or #206 from Kitaoji Station and get off at Shimogamo Higashihonmachi bus stop.
Open Hours 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Last orders at 5:00 p.m.)
Reservations Not accepted.
Closed Wednesdays.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They’re used to foreign customers, so you have nothing to worry about.
Menu Only Japanese.
Lanuages spoken Some simple English.
Number of seats 12
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.
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