Authentic Portuguese sweets made by a Portuguese pastry chef at Castella do Paulo close to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Do you know the Japanese sweet castella? It’s a sweet whose name sounds Portuguese, and it’s, in fact, something that Portuguese missionaries brought to Japan. But this happened hundreds of years ago, so the present Japanese castella is not quite like the sweets that you can find in Portugal. This is where Paulo Duarte comes into the picture. He is a Portuguese pastry chef who trained in Nagasaki, then opened a pastry shop specializing in castella in the original home of the sweet, Portugal. But after this, he decided to head back to Japan, to the historic ancient capital city of Kyoto. Many Japanese shrines are known for the sweets that are sold close to them. Right now, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is famous for its Chogoro-mochi, which was the favored by the famous daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi. So maybe in a few hundred years, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will instead be known for its castella?
Cultural medley menu / ￥702 (Including tax)
This set of three types of Pao-de-lo and one piece of Japanese castella lets you taste the taste trip through the long history of castella, from its Portuguese origins to its present Japanese taste. To describe the difference between these offerings shortly, the Portuguese varieties are creamier than the Japanese castella, but the Japanese castella has a more refined taste.
Pastel de nata and café latte / ￥600 (Including tax)
This set of a Portuguese egg pastry and café latte in Portuguese style is something that packs a lot of punch. The tastes are very strong, so you don’t need to eat a lot to be left satisfied.
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Pudin de gema / ￥220 (+tax) for one
This pudding uses egg yolks and an ample amount of sugar to make it a thick, sweet, and soft dessert you shouldn’t miss at Castella do Paulo.
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Take away / Varies
You can also buy things to go at Castella do Paulo! They have all kinds of things on sale, like premium quality castella, egg tarts, and pudin de gema.
How to buy
Remember to enjoy the different tastes of Portuguese Pao-de-Lo and Japanese castella!
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Castella do Paulo
|Category||Sweets, Food & Drinks To Go|
|Address||Kura-A, 898 Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||From Kyoto Station, take either Kyoto City Bus #50 or #101 and get off at Kitano Tenmangu bus stop. Castella do Paulo is on the east side of the shrine.|
|Open Hours||9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (The café closes at 5 p.m. but the shop is open until 6 p.m.)|
|Closed||Wednesdays and on the third Thursday of the month. Open on Wednesdays if 25th, the day of the big Kitano Tenmangu Shrine flea market, is a Wednesday. In this case, Castella do Paulo is closed on the following Thursday instead.|
|Notes||Try to taste as many types of sweets here as you can; they’re all delicious.|
|Credit cards||Not accepted.|
The place is run by a Portuguese pastry chef so they're exceptionally tourist-friendly!
|Information||English, Portuguese, and Japanese.|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.|
|Shipping services||They can ship some of their products domestically; check their online shop for more details.|