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Known for its fashionable shops, Omotesando is an extremely popular area for hanging out, and also happens to be where some of the best bakeries reside. This time around, you’ll be introduced to 8 of the most highly acclaimed bakeries in the area. These bakeries offer a great eat-in experience, but are also well-suited for takeouts if you’re looking to sample a couple bakeries or perhaps enjoy your baked goods at home. If you’re on the hunt for some freshly baked pastries, give some of these places a try!
1. DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY
Finding its roots in New York City, DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY garners its widespread popularity with its stylish interior and innovative menu. Inspired by New York’s favorite combination, cookies, and milk, the bakery serves the [Cookie Shot]. This shot glass-shaped chocolate chip cookie filled with vanilla-flavored milk is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! If that isn’t enough, give the [Frozen S'more] a try. The delectable sensation of torched marshmallows hiding a chocolate and ice cream center will surely have you hooked.
DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY
2. Bread, Espresso &
Bread, Espresso & is an extremely popular bakery in the Omotesando area that offers high-quality coffee and baked goods. The shop interior uses a white palette illuminated by stylish lighting, leaving a lasting impression. The eat-in menu offers 10 types of panini, alongside the well-loved French toast that is cooked on an iron griddle. With the panini, the [Dry-cured Ham and Mozzarella] and the [Pesto] come well recommended. Additionally, the bakery offers breakfast and lunch specials during weekdays and national holidays, so you may kick back and relax like you would at a cafe.
Bread, Espresso &
3. LUKE'S LOBSTER
The first LUKE'S LOBSTER opened in Manhattan, New York, back in 2009. This lobster roll specialist sources lobster from the state of Maine, known for having some of the best lobster in the United States, and matches it with freshly-toasted bread rolls. You can choose from the three classic seafood rolls: lobster, crab, and shrimp. The lobster roll is recommended for first-time visitors. With a generous serving of lobster overflowing from the sandwich, the lobster roll is both photogenic and delicious. If you’re feeling a bit greedy, you can choose to have a roll with 2 different ingredients as well.
4. Kua 'Aina Aoyama Main Branch
Kua 'Aina is a hamburger shop that first opened in Hawaii in May 1975. The Aoyama flagship store that opened in 1997 was the first of its kind in Japan. It brought with it the bright and warm atmosphere of Hawaii that gained instant popularity in Japan. The [Avocado Burger] that comes with a generous serving of avocado can be quite satisfying and comes strongly recommended. Additionally, you'll find a wide variety of options, including pancakes, salads, and the healthy [Roast Turkey Sandwich] in the sandwich menu. It's a very versatile hamburger shop for all kinds of occasions.
Kua 'Aina Aoyama Main Branch
5. POTASTA Sendagaya
POTASTA Sendagaya is a bakery renowned for its delicious and filling sandwiches. The sandwiches are packed with fresh and quality vegetables cut to photogenic perfection. Of course, they look just good as they taste. You'll find standard selections such as [Scrambled Eggs and Vegetables] and [Tuna and Olives], as well as seasonal specials like the [Bamboo Shoot and Burdock Root Salad]. Social media lovers will definitely have to find time to visit this bakery!
6. Rituel par Christophe Vasseur Aoyama Flagship Shop
Rituel par Christophe Vasseur Aoyama Flagship Shop is a popular bakery from Paris, founded by French artisan baker Christophe Vasseur. The bakery specializes in viennoiserie (a type of pastry including croissants and brioche), well-represented by its [Escargot], a puff pastry layered and swirled in a whirlpool-like pattern. The [Escargot] comes in several flavors, the most popular among them being the [Chocolat Pistache]. It matches the crispy texture of a croissant with the luxurious flavor of the finest chocolate and pistachio.
Rituel par Christophe Vasseur Aoyama Flagship Shop
Open: [Weekdays] 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 1F - 2F, 3-6-23, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
Sun & Witch is a bakery dressed in red colorful illustrations, giving it an unforgettable and unique appearance. The bakery specializes in shokupan (loaf bread) and coffee and is run by the aforementioned "Bread, Espresso &", so you know the bread will taste amazing. Various flavors are offered each season, such as the [Shokupan "Green"], which is made by kneading red bean into matcha (powdered green tea) flavored bread. Additionally, you'll be spoiled for choice with a wide selection of sandwiches, from the basic [Egg Sandwich] to the colorful [Fruit Sandwich].
Open: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY - 1,999 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 1999 JPY
Address: 3-27-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
8. Petit Sora
Petit Sora is a bakery that has stuck to using its homemade natural yeast since its opening. The bread is made from yeast that has been harvested from organic raisins, and takes more time and effort to make than using normal yeast. Additionally, the bakery also pays special attention to its ingredients. It uses Japanese flour, organic dried fruits, and nuts, making it perfect for health conscious bread-lovers. You'll also find a selection of organic wines that nicely compliment the natural yeast bread, so please give this place a try.
Open: [Wednesday - Sunday] 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Closed: Monday, Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] Up to 999 JPY / [Lunch] Up to 999 JPY
Address: Inside Snow Domes, Demeure Aoyama #100, 3-8-3, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)