You Have to Visit These Unique and Fruity Dessert Shops in Kyoto
There are lots of flavors to choose from!
A variety of sweets are available in Kyoto such as fruit sandwiches that highlight the sweetness and acidity of fresh fruits. Another one to look out for is a Japanese-style parfait that is rich in flavor from Mont Blanc and Matcha.
CAFE attmos is a hot cafe among customers operated by an invite-only Japanese Kappo restaurant at Gion. The restaurant's cuisine is handled by the chef from the Kappo restaurant and uses the same ingredients. In this cafe, you can try their high-level delicate sweets that would satisfy your cravings. One of their recommended dishes is their toast with fruits made by a Chef that is skilled in using a knife. Their lunch menus and dishes also highlights the Chef’s cooking technique.
Gorgeous Pear Toast (¥1,300) decorated with thin sliced pears and apples as flowers.
Today's special plate (¥1,250) where you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine.
Season Cream Soda (¥900) that matches the refreshing acidity of raspberry and creamy soy milk ice cream.
“We don't use processed products. All the ice cream and jam are homemade. Enjoy the taste of this restaurant,” says the owner Yuko Kon, and the store manager Yusuke Fukuda.
There are counter seats and tables for two and three people.
CAFE attmos is located at 1/F ELLA490, 490 Shimoumamachi, Higashiyama District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-70-1847-8818. The cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It is a 13-minute walk from Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station
Daiwa Kyoto Main Store
Daiwa Kyoto Main Store is a fruit sweets specialty store produced by Daiwa Super, a long-established fruit and vegetable store popular in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. The reason why their fruit sandwiches with chunky fruits are sold at a reasonable price starting from ¥380 is because the store personally produces the fruit and vegetables they use. The natural sweetness of the fruit is compatible with fresh cream. We recommend Fresh Fruit Soft (¥1,080) that is full of fruits.
From left, Grape MIX (¥640) with Nagano Purple and Shine Muscat, Fig, and Mini Persimmon (¥580 each).
Fruit Amazake (¥580) was launched as a new menu last November. They also made an amazake drink with Amazake Mizukagami made from 100% Omi rice Mizukagami by Shiga Prefecture's long-established store brewer, Mifuku Shuzo Sake Brewing. The drink is not only delicious but good for your health. It is available in different flavors like pineapple, strawberry, muskmelon, kiwi, and nagano purple. For their future releases, they plan to launch Yakiimo Soft (soft-serve ice cream with baked sweet potato) that uses the natural sweetness of Anno-imo.
Fruit Amazake (¥580).
The owner of the story, Aimi, says since they only use delicious fruits, it should be fresh. The cuts of fruits should be instantly sandwiched between fresh cream and bread.
Fruit-packed sandwiches are lined up in the showcase.
Daiwa Kyoto Main Store is located at 1/F Masuya, 362-5 Masuyacho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City. You may contact them at +81-80-9288-2416. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. The store is a 5-minute bus ride from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station taking Kyoto City Bus No. 207 heading to Kujo Shakomae and a 5-minute walk from Kiyomizumichi Bus Stop.
HISAYA CAFE is a Mont Blanc specialty store operated by HISAYA KYOTO, a store that specializes in roasted chestnuts. The Mont Blanc is made in front of customers. Their Mont Blanc has a crunchy cream that uses many Tamba Chestnuts, with matcha ice cream, and a crisp textured Kadayif (fried thin Turkish noodles), so you can enjoy a change in flavor.
Premium Mont Blanc of Tamba Chestnuts (¥1,380)
Premium Tamba Chestnuts Mont Blanc is the finest Tamba Chestnut Mont Blanc with a savory grilled chestnut shaving topped on three layers of Mont Blanc cream.
Matcha ice cream and Mont Blanc paste’s bitterness are a perfect match!
Try their Roasted Chestnuts (starting from ¥700 per 180g) and Roasted Chestnut Soft Serve Ice Cream with crushed chestnuts sold at the store. These two picks are suggested by the store’s staff member, Yuya Saito.
The in-store seats are special seats only for providing the Mont Blanc, and it is not possible to eat-in something such as soft-serve ice cream purchased at the store.
HISAYA CAFE is located at 2-255 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City. You may contact them at +81-120-689-890. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. To get there, you may take a 5-minute bus ride from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station taking Kyoto City Bus No. 207 heading to Kujo Shakomae and a 13-minute walk from Kiyomizumichi Bus Stop.
Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo Store
Itohkyuemon is a tea specialty store founded in 1832 with its head office located in Uji, Kyoto. They later on opened a store with a cafe in Gion. You can enjoy a variety of options from their unique menu to their long-established Matcha tea specialty stores such as high-quality matcha and Uji Matcha Curry Udon (¥990).
Gion Shijo Store-limited Gion parfait (right, ¥1,490) and Uji tea and sweets set (left, ¥990)
There are plenty of other options to choose from such as Japanese-style chocolate, matcha roll cake, and dark matcha ice cream.
A sweets plate made of green tea with fruits in popular sweets such as mini parfaits and green tea cakes (¥1,690; it varies depending on the season.)
“The Shijo Store-limited parfaits are served in a larger plate than usual, so the level of satisfaction should be great,” says the staff Mei Ogushi.
The first floor of the store sells matcha sweets, and the second and third floors are the tearoom where you can relax at the provided tables.
Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo Store is located at 586 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City. You may contact them at +81-75-741-8096. They are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. To get there, you may take a one-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.
Fruits mo Iikamo (fruit may be good too)
Fruits mo Iikamo is a shop that is run by university students with the thought of a cafe you would want to go to with sweets you would crave. We highly recommend that you try their Itsuka Kitto Sandwich. This sandwich uses bubble waffles that have a sticky texture like pancakes and a baby castella-like fragrance.
Itsuka Kitto Sandwich (¥1,080). Savor the bubble waffle with strawberry sauce and whipped cream.
Mi Mi Mi Soda (¥650 each) contains fruit jelly.
Ayuka Toda, the store’s staff, recommends sweets with bubble waffles that they found in Taiwan.
Simple & modern atmosphere.
Fruits mo Iikamo is located at 91-5 Hoshinocho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City. You may contact them at +81-70-1764-2211. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. You may get there by taking a 5-minute bus ride from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station taking Kyoto City Bus No. 207 heading to Kujo Shakomae and a 5-minute walk from Kiyomizumichi Bus Stop.
The store name Tamba Kuri/Waguri-senmon Saori contains the meaning of silk fabric. This store's specialty Kinshi Mont Blanc is a squeezed piece of rare Tamba Kuri with a thickness of about 1mm and is folded just like you would make silk fabric. Enjoy autumn in the ancient city with fine mellow chestnut sweets only found at their specialty stores.
Saori “Sha” Sai Kokyu Tanba Kuri (¥2,200)
Saori “Sha” Saikokyu Tanba Kuri (the highest quality Tamba Kuri), is limited to 60 dishes a day. After receiving an order, it is squeezed to about 1 mm with a special drawing machine. Freshly squeezed Kinshi Mont Blanc brings out the mellow taste and aroma of Tamba Kuri by minimizing the sweetness of sugar.
Inside, there is Wasanbon sugar, crispy meringue made from sugar cane, and smooth cream inside.
All menus include drinks. You can choose what you like such as cold brew Sencha and champagne (right, ¥1,000)
“We distribute numbered tickets (100 sets a day) from around 9 a.m. Therefore, you better come as soon as possible as it may run out before opening," says the patissier Rie Yuzen.
You can see the Kamo River flowing from both the 2nd and 1st floors
Waguri-sennmon Saori is located at 170-1 Izumiyacho, Shimogyo District, Kyoto City. You may contact them at +81-75-365-5559. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. To get there, you may take a 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kyotokawaramachi Station.
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO is the first gelato store opened by an Italian wafer specialty store. This dessert shop is a must-visit on your trip to Kyoto. In addition to their classic menu, they offer about 18 other flavors including seasonal products such as Kyoho and Pumpkin. Try dining in on their cozy seats available inside the shop where you can see Kamogawa River in front of you.
One scoop of Gelato (¥550). Pistachio (front), Amaou (back right), and Chocolate (back left).
They serve about 18 kinds of gelato flavors with carefully chosen ingredients such as ricotta cheese-based gelato with fig sauce.
Their specialty wafers.
“I think that both Japanese and Italians really care about what they eat. Try our specialty recipes,” says the fourth-generation owner, Filippo Babbi.
Eat-in seats that are facing Kamogawa River.
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO is located at 134 Saitocho, Shimogyo District, Kyoto City. You may contact them at +81-75-585-5200. They are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. How to get there; it is a 3-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi Station and Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (8 November 2019)