Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan, filled with great tradition, nature and food, but did you know that there are many bakeries in Kyoto as well? Integrating traditional Japanese flavor with the latest trends, these 10 bakeries in Kyoto are definitely worth visiting!
1. Sizuya - perfect for breakfast
There are many branches of Sizuya - one of the bakeries that represents Kyoto - within Kyoto city, and it is extremely popular. There is a branch located very conveniently within JR Kyoto Station. One of the most recommended choices in Sizuya is the “Karune”(カルネ), which became famous after being highlighted on a television show. The slightly hard bread is filled with ham slices, and an amazing blend of butter, onion, rice and the bread is fantastic! The “Karune” can be savored warm as well, and Sizuya is a fantastic bakery to visit for breakfast.
Sizuya 志津屋 (Kyoto Station branch)
Address: Higashishiokōji Kamadonochō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 7:00am - 10:00pm (closes at 11:00pm pm Friday and Saturday)
Access: Within Kyoto Station
2. Shinshindo - the bakery with rich history
Shinshindo opened in 1913 and has since then been loved by students and locals. The founder of Shinshindo went to Paris for his studies and is said to be the person who introduced the French baguette to Japan. There are several branches of Shinshindo within Kyoto and one of them is the Teramachi Branch, located nearby several popular destinations like shrines and temples. Dining at Shinshindo will mostly be eat-in rather than take away, and the cafe-like atmosphere of Shinshindo makes it perfect for a break after exploring Kyoto.
Shinshindo 進々堂 (Teramachi branch)
Address: 674 Kueninmaecho, Teramachi-dori Takeyamachi Sagaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Access: 8 minute walk from Keihan Oto Line Jingu-Marutamachi Station
3. Panscape - the stylish bakery
There are 2 branches of Panscape in Kyoto and one of them is located just 9 minutes from Nijo Station by foot. The design of Panscape is very modern, and it has a very stylish atmosphere. A wide variety of freshly baked bread can be enjoyed at Panscape and one of the recommendations is the croissant. The rich Hokkaido butter and crispy bread create a fantastic harmony in your mouth! Panscape is near other popular destinations such as the Nijo Castle, so do add it into your itinerary when visiting Kyoto!
Address: 19 Imashinzaikenishicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 9 minute walk from Sanin Main Line Nijo Station
4. Great Curry Pan at Oreno Pan Okumura
There are over 50 choices available at Oreno Pan Okumura daily, and this shop, while being relatively new, is one that is extremely popular amongst the Kyoto locals. It is recommended that you try the Kare-pan (curry bun) at Oreno Pan Okumura. The bread is crispy on the outside and soft inside, and the rich flavor of the curry is simply amazing! It is also recommended to try the macha and black bean bread as well as the melonpan!
Oreno Pan Okumura
Address: 31-1 Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 7:00am - 7:30pm
Access: Located in Kintetsu Kyoto Station
Website: Oreno Pan Okumura
5. Great salmon bread from Grandir
There are a total of 5 branches of Grandir in Kyoto city, and it is an extremely popular bakery for its wide variety of choices and cheap price. Introduced here is the Oike branch, located just 6 minutes from the Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station. It is highly recommended that you try the salmon bread and the shrimp-avocado bread. The crispy bread and harmony of the seafood is fantastic! There are also other choices such as strawberry cream cheese, so do check out Grandir if you are visiting Kyoto!
Grandir (Oike Branch)
Address: 480-2 Kamihonnojimaechō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Access: 6 minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
6. Bread, cake and great dining at Le Temps
Le Temps is very conveniently located within Kyoto Station, and is a fantastic choice if you are a fan of bread, cakes and a stylish meal. There are many choices of bread available that blend the traditional Kyoto taste - macha and miso - with modern bread. It is highly recommended that you try the “Kyoto Honda Miso no Beni Koji Miso Pan” which is a rich miso flavored bread. The sweet-salty bread is extremely unique, and one you cannot enjoy elsewhere! You can try it together with the slightly bitter-sweet macha bread, together with some great cake and sweets!
Address: Higashishiokōjicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 6:30am -12:00am
Access: Located within JR Kyoto Station
Website: Le Temps
7. Perfect for walk-and-eat food and for photography - Mogumogu Bakery
Mogumogu Bakery is located just 5 minutes from the Nara Line Uji Station. It is a shop famous for its fantastic macha flavoured melonpan. Located nearby is another shop called “Ujikawa Mochi” which sells amazing macha flavored and Hojicha flavored mitarashi dango. Do visit these 2 stalls together!
Mogumogu Bakery モグモグベーカリー
Address: 26-1 Ujimyoraku, Uji City
Opening Hours: 6:30am - 6:30pm (closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Access: 5 minute walk from Nara Line Uji Station
Website: Mogumogu Bakery
8. Vegetable bread from Gebacken
Gebacken is located just 6 minutes from Keihan Main Line Fujinomori Station, and is an extremely popular bakery amongst tourists and locals alike. The most popular choice is the “Kyo, Dashimaki Shokudo”. The bread is reminiscent of the famous Japanese style pizza called “Okonomiyaki”, and is a great choice for those who love to try Japanese street style food!
Address: 6-70 Fukakusa Nishiuracho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Access: 6 minute walk from Keihan Main Line Fujinomori Station
9. Cerchio - popular among Kyoto's elite students!
Cerchio is located just in front of the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall, and being in the vicinity of the Kyoto University, it is very popular amongst students. It is recommended to eat-in at Cerchio. You will be able to enjoy the view of the Clock Tower and Cerchio is also located very near Yoshida Shrine. One of the best choices in Cerchio is the katsutama sandwich, where omelette and pork cutlet is blended with soft bread. Do take note that Cerchio is closed on weekends.
Address: 54-4 Yoshidanihonmatsucho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm (closed on weekends)
Access: 15 minute walk from Keihan Oto Line Demachiyanagi Station
10. Perfect for souvenirs - Sizuyapan
Sizuyapan is produced by Sizuya, which was introduced earlier. It is conveniently located at the Hachijo-guchi (Hachijo exit) of JR Kyoto Station. The chic design of the Sizuyapan outlet is unlike other bakeries, as this Sizuyapan was derived from Shizuya, and it sells for souvenir purposes only. The signature product is the delicious anpan; red bean paste filled bun. Apart from the ordinary anpan, there are choices such as the waguri (red bean paste with chestnut), macha and ogura (chunky red bean paste) flavored buns, as seen in the photo. There are also seasonal flavors too and the shop is always full of people.
Address: Nijohanjikicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Access: JR Kyoto Station Hachijo exit
Great for a meal or even for finger food
Many of the tourist sites in Kyoto are located near the train stations, just like these shops. Located in convenient areas, they are definitely worth visiting to purchase some finger food to eat while exploring the Kyoto city, or even for a supper break!
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