In the quiet area of Demachiyanagi where most of the time it isnt the hustle and bustle of Kyoto compared to Gion, Higashiyama or central kyoto, I have been told, that the area have one or probably have the best Bakery in town. During our stay we told ourselves that we had to at least try it out once before we leave for Tokyo, the thing is that after trying it out, we ended up going there nearly everyday of our 7 nights.
This small bakery known for many of its sweets is indeed the best ive had, it is known by many locals to be a popular destination throughout the day. The queue you see in one of the pictures actually stays the same the whole morning and takes us about 30 minutes to finally be served. I know most visitors wouldn’t want to waste 30 minutes of their time queuing but let me tell you, you wont regret it! It is worth a try.
You can find all kind of variety of Japanese sweets such as:
Anmitsu, a dessert consisting of red bean paste, small cubes of agar jelly, and pieces of fruit served with syrup.
Anpan, a sweet bun filled with red bean paste.
Daifuku, a confection consisting of a small round rice cake stuffed with red bean paste.
Dango, a dumpling made from rice flour topped with red bean paste.
Dorayaki, a confection consisting of two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of red bean paste.
Manju, a steamed cake filled with red bean paste.
Oshiruko or Zenzai, azuki bean soup, commonly served with rice cake.
Taiyaki, a fish-shaped cake stuffed with red bean paste.
Yukan, a thick jellied dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar.
Simply delicious, it became a ritual to have it as a snack during our long visits to temples, shrines and other attractions.
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The Bakery is in the Demachiyanagi area which is near the Kamo River north of Kyoto where the the river breaks into two. It is situated in the west side of the river and near the Nichincho traffic lights. It opens very early in the morning but its hard to find a good time as its always full. The best is to be patient! Photos taken in November 2011 with a Panasonic GF3 by my friend Wibi while I waited out of the busy queue.
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