The “Russian cakes” of Kyoto's oldest sweet shop will give you a taste of true confectionery nostalgia
Murakami Kaishindo, established in 1907, is the oldest sweet shop in all of Kyoto. The shop makes its home between the many antique and handmade goods stores that enliven Teramachi Street. The entire street has a nostalgic and retro feeling to it, but even in this atmosphere, Murakami Kaishindo is special. It is truly “Kyoto’s sweet shop,” beloved by the city’s inhabitants for generations. Countless people from Kyoto have grown up with the simple and tender taste of Murakami Kaishindo’s sweets, a taste that has remained unchanged since the store’s founding. The hands of the confectionery makers infuse each treat with a unique care and warmth, comforting anyone who eats them. That is why Murakami Kaishindo has remained so well-loved for so many years.
When all is said and done, however, Murakami Kaishindo’s most famous products are the cookies called “Russian cakes” in Japanese. These have become all but synonymous with Murakami Kaishindo, especially since the store has been making them since the time of its founding. The soft cookies are characterized by a fine texture and gentle sweetness.
In recent years, Kyoto’s most beloved sweet shop has been experimenting with new kinds of cookies.
Murakami Kaishindo is always evolving: the store is now selling Teramachi Vanilla Pudding and madeleines, its first new products in 35 years, and will be making use of the Japanese-style space behind the store to open a café next year. Murakami Kaishindo is a true Kyoto mainstay that continues to try new things while scrupulously preserving its roots in tradition.
Kyoto is more than traditional Japanese confectionery and matcha. These sweets, long beloved by the city’s inhabitants, have their own special Kyoto charm.