HAPPY BUNS – A Modern Take on a Beloved Classic, Bread Rolls
HAPPY BUNS is a bakery/café that specializes in sandwich rolls.
In Japan, sandwich rolls have been loved for generations. HAPPY BUNS have taken these classic sandwiches and put a new, free-thinking spin on them. Through their bread rolls, HAPPY BUNS is staying true to the traditions of Kyoto by taking something old and continuing breathing new life into it.
The hallmark of HAPPY BUNS is its hot dogs. With options like tartar sauce with "shibazuke" pickles, and white Kyoto miso, HAPPY BUNS offers unique toppings that you won't find anywhere else.
While there is a mountain of novel hot dogs to choose from, all of their offer toppings that go perfectly with the sausages underneath and are astonishingly good.
With their unique toppings, all the hot dogs also look incredible, and you'll be itching to bite in.
Every different hot dog is topped in a different way, so it'd look stunning if you picked up all of them and took them to a picnic or get-together.
While HAPPY BUNS does have seats inside, if the weather's nice out, then we recommend getting your buns take-out and strolling somewhere nearby to sit down. In the area, you'll find places like the Sanjusangendo Temple and the Kyoto National Museum, so it's a great place to wander.
Some people even stop by HAPPY BUNS on their way to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple as well.
So if you happen to be in the area, then definitely drop by for a delicious, modern take on classic bread rolls.
Shiromiso – White Miso Sauce
/ ￥650 (excl. tax)
The Shiromiso is a hot dog topped with a hearty helping of Kyoto's favorite white miso sauce.
In addition to the white miso, you'll also get to enjoy bonito flakes and powdered yuzu, which you'll instantly be able to smell when you're handed the hot dog.
One bite and the unique citrusy aroma of the yuzu will cut its way through your sinuses. As you continue to eat, the mild sweetness of the white miso and the fragrant flavors of the bonito flakes will combine to give you a wonderfully classic Japanese flavor.
With its classically Japanese flavors, thanks to the use of miso and bonito flakes, this can truly be called a Kyoto-style hot dog. So if you're looking to try the flavors of Kyoto, then you can't go wrong with the Shiromiso hot dog.
Shibazuke – Shiso Pickle Tartar Sauce
/ ￥650 (excl. tax)
The Shibazuke is a hot dog topped with tartar sauce made of shiso “shibazuke” pickles. Shibazuke is a traditional Kyoto pickle made by preserving sliced eggplants and cucumbers in salt with shiso leaves. As the shibazuke pickles are slightly sour, they go perfectly with the creamy flavors of the tartar sauce.
The pickles take some of the heaviness away from the hot dog, making the Shibazuke apparently pretty popular with the female crowd.
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/ ￥500/each (excl. tax)
These cute, bun-like cupcakes are baked in-store and stuffed with various fillings.
The strawberry cupcakes contain a delicious combination of sweet condensed milk cream and sour strawberries.
While the S’more cupcakes contain cookie filled chocolate sauce that provides them with a fun crunch.
Both flavors are the perfect size for dessert, so if you have any space left after your hot dog, grab a coffee and sit down with the cupcake you like the look of best.
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/ ￥480 (excl. tax)/￥550 (excl. tax)
As well as fabulous looking buns, HAPPY BUNS also serves nicely made pour-over coffee.
HAPPY BUNS uses three continually changing varieties of specially sourced beans, which means that you can choose your coffee by fragrance and roast too.
In addition, to pour-overs and lattes, HAPPY BUNS also has what they call “Fruit Coffee.” These are drinks that are made up of the beautiful marriage between fruit juice and coffee.
One of these Fruit Coffees is “Coffee Lemonade,” a combination of Ethiopian coffee and lemons that have been candied in homemade syrup. The different acidities of the lemon and coffee pair fantastically to create a crisp, clean flavor.
Two other HAPPY BUNS original Fruit Coffees are “Apple Cinnamon Latte” and “Coffee Lime Ginger.”