A Service and Quality Worthy of the Store’s Rich History
Murakami Kaishindo was established in the Meiji period and is the oldest confectionery in Kyoto.
Stepping inside its old, historic building, you’re greeted by rows of simple, handmade baked sweets reminiscent of times gone by.
The cafe space showcased in this article can be found past the rows of pastries in the back of the store.
Not originally there, this cafe space was added because the owner always dreamt of having a place where even those from far away could come, relax and enjoy the store’s relatively quick to expire pastries.
Renovated from the family’s old living quarters, the café space is a warm and homely area. Featuring a traditional Kyoto garden and tokonoma, it stylishly combines classically Japanese designs with that of an antique western interior.
With the addition of a tin countertop from veteran Kyoto tinware manufacturer Seikado, all aspects of this space provide visitors with a fantastic sense of the ancient beauty of this city.
Additionally, the reason the café space feels somewhat new, while still not straying far from its roots, is that Murakami Kaishindo wanted more young people to come and take the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the store while they enjoyed the café.
In addition to the space itself, Murakami Kaishindo also made sure to pay close attention to even the cutlery and cups used. Rather than opting for ready-made, Murakami Kaishindo had original mugs, cups, and cutlery made by local craftspeople. Each of these veritable art pieces were designed in a way to have customers enjoy the experience of eating the café’s desserts not only through taste but through all five senses. This included the visual presentation of each dessert and feel of each plate.
We highly recommend visiting Murakami Kaishindo and experiencing the quality sweets and world-class service of this longest-standing Kyoto sweets shop for yourself.