Here’s Proof That Nagoya Is Japan’s Secret Gourmet Capital
From 300-year-old confectionery shops to kawaii pudding creations!
Did you know that Nagoya’s local cuisine is pretty famous in Japan? People call it Nagoya meshi or Nagoya gourmet. But while this probably means that there is a huge concentration of amazing restaurants in the city, the real test is in the pasalubong choices, and Nagoya doesn’t disappoint.
Tourists who want to bring home gourmet treats for their friends and family have nothing to fear. Here are just some of the best places to find yummy souvenirs:
Ryoguchiya Korekiyo Sakae Branch
1/F Hisaya Park Building, 4-14-2, Sakae, Chuo Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (for cafe and gallery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); closed on New Year’s Day
Ryoguchiya Korekiyo is famous for its long history. First established in 1634, this confectionery shop has been around for more than 380 years.
People flock to this cafe for the popular dorayaki called Sen-nari (¥820 for 5 pieces), which has a rich aroma created from select azuki beans. It also comes in matcha and white azuki flavor.
Aoyagisohonke KITTE Nagoya branch
1/F JP Tower Nagoya, Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last order is at 8:30 p.m.); and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday and Holidays) (last order is at 7:30 p.m.)
Aoyagisohonke KITTE was established in 1879, and has more than 130 years of history. It is known for its Aoyagi Uirou, a sweet treat made from rice flour and confectionery “Kaeru Manju.” It’s so popular that when you say uirou, people automatically associate it it with the Nagoya specialty.
The company’s signature product comes in various flavors depending on the season. The matcha with sweet bean paste filling is available from mid-April to late August. The sweet potato with sweet bean paste is available from early September to mid-December. The chocolate sweet bean paste is available from mid-December to mid-February, while the sakura with sweet bean paste is available from mid-February to mid-April.
1/F Bankaku Aoi building, 3-18-15, Aoi, Higashi Ward, Nagoya Citty, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m to 6 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday and holidays)
Closed on July 16, August 21, August 22, January 1 to 3
For people who have heard of Bankaku no Yukari, Nagoya souvenirs are the first thing that comes to mind. Yukari is a shrimp cracker made by carefully baking fresh prawns.
The Yukari Gold Can (¥918 for 10 pieces) further made the company Nagoya's go-to souvenir brand. The design of the package and the way the pieces are wrapped individually make this product so much more special.
CAFÉ TANAKA main branch
2-11-2, Kamiiida Nishimachi, Kita Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
The cafe: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last order 6:30 p.m.); and from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (last order 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays).
The cake shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CATE TANAKA was founded as a roasted coffee specialty shop in 1963. While still operating as a traditional Nagoya cafe, they also sell sweets like macaroons and cakes. During their early years, most of their customers were men, but when they started selling cakes, the number of female fans increased.
Try the popular Nagoya Financier (¥1,242 for 5 pieces), an original french baked confectionery created with the chef's original recipe. It comes in two flavors, and makes use of the Aichi Prefecture’s matcha and miso. Butter and almond powder are also abundantly added to the dough to give it a moist texture.
Nagoya Chuo Dori, JR Nagoya Station, 1-1-4, Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last order at 9:30 p.m.)
Café Giancianne is located at Nagoya Station's concourse. They sell kawaii chick-shaped puddings (¥320) using the eggs of Nagoya Cochin. All the cakes are carefully handmade by their patissier.
Piyorin (¥320) is a chick-shaped sweet pudding made from Nagoya Cochin's eggs. It is wrapped in bavarois and sponge in powder form. Because it is handmade, no two Piyorin puddings are the same. Be sure to eat it as soon as you buy it given that it expires two to three hours after purchase. If you want to bring this home as a souvenir, try the Piyorin Sable (¥822 for 10 pieces).
Provided by Japan Walker™, Tokai Walker™ (4 August 2017)