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Popular shop where you can find sweet tastes of seasonal Kyoto
Providing Kyoto Quality is what MALEBRANCHE is all about. Using high quality ingredients in making the best sweets that answer demands of Japanese people who are very sensitive towards nature and the four seasons which is often reflected in art and of course, food. One of their famous and popular products is the green tea cookies called “Chanoka.” These crispy cookies, or Langue De Chat, are made with dark green tea specially chosen for these products. White chocolate is sandwiched in between, once you eat one you would want to eat more! At Kiyomizu-zaka store, you will find products with packaging that are only limited to this store so make sure to check this store out when you are in Kiyomizu-dera Temple area.
Ice Candies / ￥464
Displayed in front of the store are these popsicles or Ice Candies as they are known in Japan. These Ice Candies are available from May to late September and are very popular especially in the summer time. The flavors are pungent yet refreshing because of high quality ingredients used in these delights. Cool down with these sweet treats available in 6 delicious flavors: milk chocolate, dark green tea & white chocolate, strawberry & raspberry & white chocolate, mango & white chocolate, peach & white chocolate, and chestnuts & white chocolate.
Cha no Ka (Kiyomizu-zaka store limited editions) / ￥1,080
One of popular items in MALEBRANCHE is the Cha no Ka. They are crispy green tea Langue De Chat cookies sandwiched with white chocolate. Dark green tea from Uji area of Kyoto are used and grown specifically to be used in these sweets. At the Kiyomizu-zaka branch, you can find several different packages only available at this location such as these Cha no Ka in porcelain containers with their cute original illustration. The containers can freely be reused even after the cookies are finished being eaten.
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Baumkuchen Japan / ￥1,706
MALBRANCHE makes great cakes, and it’s something that cannot be missed out on. Mastering the art of cake making, the patissier created Baumkuchen Japan. It’s super moist, light, and fluffy which are senses that many Japanese people prefer in a dessert. It contains ingredients that are special to Japanese people such as wasanbon sugar and rice flour. Try this dessert which has both western and eastern qualities.
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Seasonal Macarons / ￥2,484
Another wonderful and beautiful treats that have western and eastern properties are these seasonal macarons. Not only are they deliciously sweet in the mouth but having pleasing appearance that represents each season. For example, summer is represented by Hydrangea flowers with flavors of green tea. The comfiture is made with passion mango both delicious flavors of summer.
How to buy
There is a distinct gift giving custom or culture in Japan. Don’t miss out on the display in the back part of the store. There are several different items displayed that are perfect to be given as gifts. The gift boxes are stackable in which some people may choose one or two gift items and have it beautifully wrapped as shown in the picture.
- Shopping Tips -
The store is very popular and can be full of customers. Try to check out the back of the store as well, there is a balcony there that you could take a look out and perhaps take a little break.