Sweet desserts you should not miss when visiting Kyoto. Delicious desserts such as ice cream and parfait you can eat only in Kyoto are packed here! Kyoto’s “5” famous sweet shops people wait in line.
Kyoto is famous for delicious sweet desserts including Japanese sweets made with green tea or kinako (or soybean powder), as well as parfait and ice cream.
Moreover, each dessert has a unique feature, for example, confectionery made with selected ingredients, fancy desserts which look nice on SNS, etc.
Here are Kyoto’s 5 famous dessert shops which are popular among ladies.
“YOJIYA CAFE Gion Shop” run by Kyoto’s long established company which is famous for oil blotting papers.
As a cosmetic item from Kyoto, oil blotting papers of “YOJIYA” has long been popular. There is a café run by this “YOJIYA.”
Their cappuccino having a design of Kyoto lady which is actually the logo of YOJIYA is popular as a photogenic drink matching the image of Kyoto.
Their limited menu served at seasonal fairs is a huge success as well, and it often becomes a topic on SNS.
At this cafe, lovely stationeries and miscellaneous goods with the original logo of YOJIYA CAFE are sold.
At the shop which is within walking distance from the cafe, you can buy cosmetic goods including oil blotting papers and skin care items as well as cosmetics such as lipsticks. They would make nice souvenirs from Kyoto.
|Name of the shop||YOJIYA CAFE Gion Shop|
|Address||2F Izawa Bldg. 266 Gion-machi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
|Business Hours||AM10:00-PM8:00（L.O. PM7:30）|
“Kinako” is often used for Japanese confectionery. It is actually grinded soybeans and its rich flavor spreading in the mouth goes well with sweet taste.
Being particular about high quality soybeans produced domestically, at “KISSHOKARYO,” they always roast more than 5 kinds of soybeans on their own to make “kinako.”
“Kogashi-kinako parfait” in which kinako was abundantly used is great. Under aromatic kinako, there are layers of baked meringue, crunch, hoji-cha jelly, soybean blancmanger, and kinako ice cream.
You can enjoy the different texture of each layer as well as the change in taste as they gradually get mixed. Made with time and effort, it looks artistic and you would feel like uploading the photo on SNS.
Please try this absolutely delicious kinako dessert which is approved by Kyoto’s dessert lovers.
|Name of the shop||KISSHOKARYO Gion Main Shop|
|Address||306 Furumonzen-dori Higashioji Higashi-iru Ishibashi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
2F CAFE AM11:00-PM7:00 (L.O. PM6:30)
Sandwiches and smoothies are boasts of “ROCCA&FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO.” Fruit sandwiches full of special cream and egg sandwiches full of main ingredients are their signature dishes.
Small size sandwiches are just right for ladies. Smoothies containing amazake (or a kind of sweet sake) is gentle and smooth.
Since it is not too sweet, it is easy to drink, and it goes well with sourness of fruits. Limited menus made with seasonal fruits and smoothie bon bon with tapioca in it are also recommended.
The shop is not only for eat-in, but also for take-out! Pretty design on their package is also well-accepted.
It is a good idea to enjoy their sandwiches or smoothies on the riverside of Kamo-gawa River when the weather is nice and warm.
|Name of the shop||ROCCA&FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO|
|Address||735-2 Shinkamanza-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
Gion Kinana is a special “kinako” ice cream shop. It has gained a reputation for their unique kinako ice cream.
“Dekitate Kinana” is a “freshly made” ice cream from the ice cream factory attached to the shop.
This ice cream has a smooth appearance like a boiled egg, and it is totally different from the ones we usually eat.
A runny and smooth texture is because it is freshly made. Earning a good reputation saying “I have never had an ice cream having such texture,” it is just so tasty.
Since its flavor differs from day to day, you would feel like visiting there again and again.
It does not contain eggs, so, those who are allergic to eggs can eat it without worries.
Except ice cream, various parfaits with kinako ice cream are also popular.
A parfait having Japanese ingredients such as kinako and green tea, sour berries and yogurt is highly favored.
Delicious “ice cream” of true ice cream shop is irresistible.
|Name of the shop||Gion Kinana Main Shop|
|Address||570-119 Gion-machi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
Located on the basement of APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT near Yasaka Shrine, it is a café specialized in “Gion Ice.”
Ice produced by specially ordered device is fluffy like powder snow.
There are three flavors to go with the ice called yuki (or snow), i.e. “green tea,” “hoji-cha (or roasted green tea)” and “black tea.”
Yuki and the flavor are alternately layered several times, and at last artistic Japanese design was made.
It is just like latte art.
Ice is fluffy and light to the mouth.
As for drink in the set menu, you can choose either Kyoto black tea or coffee both can be served hot or cold.
|Name of the shop||KEZURIHIYA Gion|
|Address||B1F APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT, 555 Gion-machi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
|Business Hours||Usual PM12:30-PM5:30（L.O.PM5:00）
*The information here in is as of March 2020.