This Dessert Shop in Kyoto Infuses Japanese Flavor Into Western Desserts
The desserts are pretty to look at, too!
Dip the fruits and dango in the warm matcha chocolate.
2/F Kyoban Bldg, 482, Kiyoimachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Last order is at 5:30 p.m.).
How to get there: It’s a 10-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.
Jouvencelle Gion is a store known for its full line of Kyoto-Western confections. The shop skillfully incorporates Japanese ingredients such as matcha, red beans, and warabimochi (a jelly-like confection covered in powder) in famous Western desserts.
The Gion Fondue (¥1,512) is the shop’s most popular dessert. It consists of a cup of matcha chocolate sauce made from fragrant Uji matcha and sweet treats like seasonal fruits and dango (a Japanese sweet made from rice flour). These treats are arranged and placed in beautiful pottery boxes.
The matcha chocolate sauce is mixed with fragrant Uji matcha.
You can pour hot milk into the sauce afterwards to create matcha milk that you can drink.
We recommend you to try their other delicious desserts too!
Gion Ice Cream (¥972) is a dessert where ice cream is sandwiched between almond-flavored baked pastries.
These cakes are infused with Japanese ingredients such as citron, mugwort, chestnut, and black beans.
Apart from the desserts, the shop offers its visitors seated at the terrace or window seats a lovely view of Higashiyama mountain’s ridgeline.
The store is located next to the south gate of Yasaka Shrine.
“Have some chewy dango or a fluffy pound cake with juicy fruits at our store. You’ll enjoy comparing the taste of their various ingredients,” says owner, Takako Sakamoto.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (11 June 2018)