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Though Japan may be known more for rice and noodle than bread, Japan is a hot spot for top notch and unique bakeries.

Bread has been an important part of the Japanese diet since post-war era.

Japanese bakeries offer anything from the traditional anpan (bread with a sweet red bean paste inside), breads with a unique combination of spices such as curry pan (bread filled with curry paste, usually deep fried), gourmet sandwiches, artisan bread made with natural yeast, etc.

Kyoto, though traditionally known for the Japanese restaurants, has the highest number of bakeries per capita.

Either you are looking for a quick bite between your tour or looking for a unique artisanal bread that only Japan can offer, Kyoto got you covered.

Here are top 10 bakeries you must visit while in Kyoto!
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Local tells Top 10 best Bakeries in Kyoto!Enjoy the most delicious breads

1.Shinshindou/進々堂

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Known to be one of the best bakeries in Japan, Shinshindo is a popular bakery chain in Kyoto.

It usually serves more 100 kinds of bread including French, sweet, sandwiches, seasonal pastries, etc.

Established in 1913, this is a historical bread maker, the founder of which, was the first Japanese who went to Paris to study bread making, and contributed in bringing and developing French Baguette in Japan.

The JR Kyoto Station branch is open from 6:30am, perfect for early start.

Shinshindo JR-Kyoto
Address:Kyoto Station Front JR Bus Ticket Center, Kyoto,902 Higashishiokojicho, Karasumadori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku,Kyoto
Location:1 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station
Phone:075-342-5013
Opening hours:6:30~22:00
Closed:Opens everyday
Price:〜1,000 yen
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2.Shizuya/志津屋 


Shizuya is one of the oldest bakeries in Kyoto, which opened its first branch in 1948.
 
One will be amazed with its selection, as Shizuya adds seven to nine new products each month.

Some of the popular items here are: a carnet (bread filled with with slices of ham, slices of onions), a beef cutlet sandwich, and a cream pan (bread filled with custard).

I often go to Shizuya to get fresh bakeries.

There is an outlet store in Kyoto Station near Hachijo exit.

Sizuya Sanjo Shop
Address:434, Ebisucho Sanjo agaru,Kawaramachi-dori,Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Keihan Railway Sanjo station,5 minutes walk from Kyoto subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae station.
Phone:075-231-0055
Opening hours:7:00~22:00
Closed:Opens everyday
Price:〜1,000yen
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3. Le Petit Mec Oike/ル・プチメック御池

Le Petit Mec is a French style bakery in Kyoto.

If you are looking for a nice quiet cafe to taste a delicious bread, this is the place for you.

My french friend complained that he cannot find any good french bakery shop in Japan,so I recommended this shop to him:)

It is located in a quiet alley and has an outside terrace, though it is located only a few minutes from Karasumaoike subway station.

The most popular item to try here is croissant a la creme (perfectly baked croissant filled with creme).

I do love croissant a l creme here too!

Le Petit Mec Oike
Address:1F Viscaria Koju, 186 Shimomyokakuji-cho, Oike-dori Koromonotana-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Kyoto Subway Karasuma-Oike station
Phone:075-212-7735
Opening hours:9:00~18:00
Closed:The Year-end and New Year Holiday
Price:〜1,000yen
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4.Maruki Seipanjo (Maruki Bakery)/まるき製パン所

Maruki Bakery is housed in a machiya (traditional townhouse).

It has been operating since 1947, retaining the traditionally family business feel.

It offers various kinds of roll pans (long rolls with various fillings inside).

Some fillings are fairly unique such as Yakisoba (fried noodle).

Their best seller is the ham roll.

It is a simple looking roll, yet the perfect combination of sweet bread, shredded cabbage, slightly salty ham and a mayonnaise spread.

This simple roll is so popular, it might be sold out if you go too late.

The nearest station is Omiya Station on Hankyu line.

Maruki Seipanjo
Address:Matsubara-dori Horikawa-nishi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:10 minutes walk from Keifuku Electric Railway (Randen) Shijo-Omiya station
Phone:075-821-9683
Opening hours:Mon-Sat 6:30〜20:00 Sun,Public holiday7:00〜14:00
Closed:Irregular holiday, Closed when bread is sold out
Price:〜1,000yen
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5.Boulangerie MASH Kyoto/ブランジェリー マッシュ キョウト

Craving for a great piece of baguette?

Are you looking for “only in Kyoto” artisan breads?

Then Mash Kyoto is the place to visit.

It became extremely popular after featuring on TV.

The owner of Mash was trained in Paris so you can have the authentic French baguette here.

Or you can go for a variety of breads that incorporate Kyoto ingredients such as matcha, green onions, sake, miso, etc., which I am sure you can only get in Kyoto.

Gojo is the closet station.

Boulangerie MASH Kyoto
Address:Toro-cyo568,Higashinotoin-Takatsuji-sagaru,Shimogyo-ku,Kyoto
Location:7 minutes walk from Subway Shijo station
Phone:075-352-0478
Opening hours:8:00~19:30
Closed:Tuesday & Wednesday,31th Dec.-4th Jan.
Price:〜1,000yen
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Next,let’s go to the bakery shop in Uji city!

6.Tamaki Tei/たま木亭

Tameki Tei is a famous artisanal bakery in Uji City, owned by the famous baker, Mr. Tamaki, who competed with his baguettes at Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie as a representative of Japan.

People from all over Japan visit this shop and admire the display of around 90 types of breads and pastries.

Beside the baguettes, the popular item you must try is a cornet, crispy pie-like bread filled with a perfect amount of custard.

Tameki Tei is a few minutes’ walk from Obaku Staiton.

Tameki Tei
Address:57-14 Gokasho Hirano Uji,Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from JR Obaku Station
Phone:0774-38-1801
Opening hours:7:00~18:45
Closed:Monday,Tuesday,Closed when bread is sold out
Price:〜1,000yen
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7.Grandir Oike/グランディール御池店

Conveniently located near the Kyoto City Hall, this popular bakery is famous for offering the freshly baked Panini and dense-chewy Bagels.

You will be awed with its variety of breads and pastries.

It is 6 minutes from Shiyakusho mae on Tozai Line.

Besides the hot made to order Panini, you must also try salmon and shrimp avocado bread!

Grandir Oike
Address:1F 480-2 Teramachi-Dori Oike Agaru Kami Honnojimaecho, Nakagyo-Ku,Kyoto
Location:1 minute walk from Kyoto subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae station
Phone:075-231-1537
Opening hours:8:00~19:00
Closed:Opens everyday
Price:〜1,000yen
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8.Flip up!
/フリップアップ

Flip up! is a small bakery, also famous for its Bagels.

You will get hooked with their chewy breads.

You will sure be satisfied with their plain, cheese, or the popular chocolate bagels but they have some unique bagels such as apple cinnamon, strawberry cream (cold dessert bagel), orange, etc.

The nearest station is Karasumaoike station.

Flip up!

Address:1F 292-2 Takoyakushicho, Oshikojidori Muromashihigashi-iru, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Kyoto Subway Karasuma-Oike station
Phone:075-213-2833
Opening hours:7:00~18:00
Closed:Sunday,Monday,Closed when bread is sold out
Price:〜1,000yen
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9. Walder/ワルダー

Walder offers almost 100 varieties of breads on weekends.

They are popular with German style hard-crusted breads that are made using the natural yeasts.

They are also known for unique breads that utilize Kyoto ingredients.

Walder is located near Kawaramachi Station.

Walder
Address:1F Heimat Fuya-Cho,452 Fusuma-Ya Machi-Dori Rokkaku Sagaru Sakaicho Nakagyo-Ku,Kyoto
Location:8 minutes walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi station,10 minutes walk from Kyoto subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae station,10 minutes walk from Keihan Railway Sanjo station
Phone:075-256-2850
Opening hours:9:00~19:00
Closed:Thursday
Price:〜1,000yen
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10.Bonne Volonte/ボン・ボランテ

Bonne Volunte is a bakery near the Jingu Marutamachi Station.

Breads here are baked in wood-fired stone oven, making the perfect crust and soft chewy inside.

Loaves here, baked with olive oil instead of butter, are so popular, many people reserve in advance.

Bonne Volonte
Address: 229-1,Kojinguchi Sagaru Kamiikesucho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:10 minutes walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi station.
Phone:075-213-7555
Opening hours:11:00~20:00
Closed:Sunday,Monday,August
Price:〜1,000yen
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Summary

Top 10 best Bakeries in Kyoto

  1. Shinshindou・・・Known to be one of the best bakeries in Japan, Shinshindo is a popular bakery chain in Kyoto.
  2. Shizuya・・・Shizuya is one of the oldest bakeries in Kyoto, which opened its first branch in 1948.
  3. Le Petit Mec Oike・・・If you are looking for a nice quiet cafe to taste a delicious bread, this is the place for you.
  4. Maruki Seipanjo・・・It offers various kinds of roll pans (long rolls with various fillings inside).
  5. Boulangerie MASH Kyoto・・・The owner of Mash was trained in Paris so you can have the authentic French baguette here.
  6. Tamaki Tei・・・People from all over Japan visit this shop and admire the display of around 90 types of breads and pastries.
  7. Grandir Oike・・・Grandir Oike is famous for offering the freshly baked Panini and dense-chewy Bagels.
  8. Flip up!・・・Flip up! is a small bakery, also famous for its Bagels.
  9. Walder・・・Walder offers almost 100 varieties of breads on weekends.
  10. Bonne Volonte・・・Breads here are baked in wood-fired stone oven, making the perfect crust and soft chewy inside.


You will find bakeries or bakery aisle anywhere you go, from a convenience store, a department store, or at and near a train station in Japan.

I hope you’ll enjoy the delicious breads in Kyoto!

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