You Have to Try These Crepes the Next Time You Visit Japan
They're popular for a reason!
In Japan, more and more crepe stores are stepping up their game and giving a whole new spin to this classic treat. Their interesting new flavors, eye-catching toppings, and unique ways of preparing the snack are what keep the locals coming back for more. Below, we give you a rundown of the crowd favorites from the most sought-after crepe shops in Japan.
Kobe Butter Crepe Specialty Store Hysteric-jam Motomachi Main Branch
Sannomiya Koka Street Piazza KOBE3, 3-30-77 Kitanagasadori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City
Open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily
How to get there: It's 2 minutes on foot from JR Hanshin Motomachi Station.
Kobe Butter Crepe Specialty Store is a crepe store that moved to Sannomiya Koka Shopping Street. It is popular for its line of crunchy, soft, and juicy crepes filled with cream. At this store, you can either choose from their menu or customize your crepe with different toppings like chocolate syrup, fresh fruit pieces, or ice cream.
Their Chocolate Fresh Cream Crepe (¥530), Strawberry Banana Fresh Cream Crepe (¥590), and Marshmallow Oreo Chocolate Fresh Cream Crepe (¥590) are definite must-tries.
"I add flavor to the fresh cream using two kinds of fat with liquor, and gently whip it. When you order from our shop, you'll see that the taste and texture of the cream match the crispiness of our crepes," says the owner, Kaori Hasegawa.
There are a lot of crepe variants to select from at this store!
B2 Hankyu Sanbangai North area, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka
Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
How to get there: Directly connected from Hankyu Umeda Station
YORKYS Creperie is a crepe store produced by Shukugawa's popular café called YORKYS BRUNCH. The shop is known for their fluffy, pancake-like crepes that contain a fine tasting cream.
One of the best items on their menu is the Mango Crepe (¥880), which contains plenty of mango bits, fresh yogurt, and finely shredded coconut. It is only available in the summer.
Other popular options from the shop are the Chocolate Banana Crepe (¥780) that's decorated with homemade banana jam and chocolate chips and Cheese Honey Crepe (¥880), which combines the taste of specially made cheese pound, rich cream cheese, and honey.
"We keep the ratio of fresh cream and custard cream in our crepes to 5:5. That way, our customers get the feeling of wanting to order another round of crepes from our store," says owner, Yasuhiro Matsue.
A long line of customers usually forms in front of the shop at around 3 p.m.
ROCCA & FRIENDS CREPERIE
19-17 Kitazono-cho, Takatsuki City
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
How to get there: It's 1 minute on foot from Hankyu Takatsuki Station.
ROCCA & FRIENDS CREPERIE serves pretty and Instagram-worthy crepes whose toppings give off a sweet and delicate fragrance. The shop uses famous spots like Copenhagen and Paris as inspiration in decorating their crepes.
Our recommendations from their menu include the Takatsuki Brulee (¥880), a crepe with fresh cream mixed with macadamia nuts paste and home-made custard cream; the Ispahan (¥880), a crepe with rose-scented berry sauce and plenty of strawberry cream; and the Citrus Lemon Crepe (¥780), which contains fresh lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and coconut cream.
"Every morning, we create fresh cream that's rich with 40 percent fat and sugar. For the dough, we use top-class flour, eggs from Silky Fowls, and Yotsuba butter," says Mone Asada, an employee.
Apart from seasonal crepes, Deli Crepes (¥880) are also available at the store.
Crepe Gorilla Nagai Main Store
2-12-13 Nagai, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
Open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays.
How to get there: It's 3 minutes on foot from Subway Nagai Station.
Crepe Gorilla Nagai Main Store is a crepe store famous for its Gorilla Mori--a line of crepes that closely resemble ice cream because of the way the ingredients are mounted on top. While most stores prefer keeping their cream lightly sweetened, this store sets itself apart by using sweet cream filling.
You can also try the Chocolate Nuts & Chocolate Cream Gorilla Mound (¥450), which is loaded with chocolate, nuts, and chocolate cream and the Green Tea Oreo & Double Gorilla Mound (¥450), whose bitter green tea taste perfectly contrasts its sweet cream filling.
"Our crepes are sold at a low price and are made without preservatives so that children can eat them. You can order from your phones to get your orders quickly," says Masayuki Tsukano, the owner of the store.
The store has a new menu every month.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™(12 June 2018)