A patisserie hidden on the alleys of Kyoto close to Fuya-cho Street
There is a saying in Kyoto: “The greatest places in Kyoto are hidden in the alleys” and Pâtisserie salon de thé m.s.h proves this saying to be true. Everything at the cake shop is handmade, from their seasonal cakes which use fruit to their more classic products.
They always have around 15 types of cakes in the showcase. In the evening many of their cakes will be sold out, so you can see that the cake shop is well-liked by the locals.
If you want to go to the café, you’ll first have to go through a white door to enter the alley its located in, and then when you walk forward in the alley, you’ll get to see the café and its terrace seats, which when I went to the shop were bathing in warm afternoon sunlight. The shop is in a renovated Kyoto townhouse with a white color scheme, so inside it’s very bright. You can buy the cakes to go, but it may be an even better idea to enjoy them at the shop with a cup of tea or coffee. If the weather is nice, I recommend taking it easy on the terrace.
Fuya Swiss roll
This Swiss roll is not something you see every day: it contains wheat gluten mixed with chestnut. This is this shop’s most classic cake. The soft and fluffy sponge cake and the springiness of the wheat gluten are what is special about this Swiss roll. The mild taste of the chestnut-wheat gluten and the subdued sweetness of the whipped cream are so good that many people become fans of this Swiss roll.
Tarte au chocolat
This tart is topped with a rich chocolate mousse which has both caramel and bitterness in its taste. The tart is topped with macarons and almonds, so it also looks cute. The taste is rich, but the aftertaste is not too strong, so this tart can also be recommended to those who don’t normally like sweets. I hope you will try this tart with their special tea blend.
Yomogi-fu Swiss roll
This is a Kyoto specialty with adzuki beans and Japanese mugwort baked into the sponge cake. The slightly fragrant, mild tasting matcha goes very well with the adzuki beans. The sponginess of the Japanese mugwort makes sure that you won’t get bored of the taste. How about comparing the tastes of Fuya and Yomogi-fu Swiss rolls?
The refreshing taste of the crème brûlée is made even better with the depth the gianduja-paste (made of hazelnut and chocolate) brings to this cake. The moist dacquoise layer works as a nice accent, and you can enjoy many different tastes with one bite of this cake.