Scones are usually made from flour, butter, and milk, but an adorable little bakery located in Tokyo (東京) is famous for their soft and fluffy yet not too dry scones made from heavy cream. Find out more about this place and their pastries below!
The word “quignon” means “the edge of a piece of bread” or “one piece” in French. The bakery was named after this word as the owner dreams to offer small pieces of happiness in life through each individual piece of bread or pastry.
The main shop of Quignon is just a 4-minute walk from the JR Kokubunji Station (国分寺駅). Its bakery is decorated by hand by the workers at the bakery, giving the entire store an aesthetic similar to that of a cute picture book, reminiscent of a fairy tale story like Hansel and Gretel. The interior is decorated with patchwork lampshades and curtains, and displays with cute pop illustrations.
Sometimes, Quignon also hosts events and workshops for their guests to learn how to bake various pastries and bread. Recently, the main shop in Kokubunji had an apple fair where they provided various pastries based on apples, such as apple cream bread, honey apple jam bread, apple cinnamon crumble cake, and even the odd apple curry bread.
The workers at Quignon choose the picture books that are set in the eating space of the bakery. Their simple yet delicious pastries are also sure to bring smiles to the faces of everyone who gets the chance to try them. If you choose to eat inside the bakery, you can have the scones warmed up for you so you can enjoy the taste of freshly baked scones and bread.
As mentioned earlier, the most popular menu items at Quignon are their delicious, one-of-a-kind scones. Unlike usual scones that have a dry texture which makes them hard to eat unless they are accompaniments to tea or coffee, the scones at Quignon are made from heavy cream. This gives them a fluffy texture that is moister than most scones while still keeping the outside crispy.
Quignon has a permanent menu of eight types of scones with an additional few that change according to the season. Some of the popular scones are the plain, earl grey, marble chocolate, and the maple and caramelized nuts ones. Out of these, the maple scone is the most popular due to its pancake-like flavor and sweetness, and the perfect texture of the macadamia nuts sprinkled on top. In specific seasons, specialty scones, such as sweet potato, apple cinnamon, caramel banana, and many others, are available so it is highly recommended to go back and try out the various flavors.
If you are going to buy multiple scones, I recommend purchasing the box set for 1,050 yen. You can choose your own combination of 5 scones and have them put inside a cute box, perfect not only to take home but to give as souvenirs.
The scones are not the only things on Quignon’s menu that are worth trying. This bakery aims to provide bread that makes the best use of the flavors of each ingredient. They have a wide variety of bread, from the normal loaves of white bread to dessert bread, such as chocolate cornets and my personal favorite, melon bread. Quignon also has an assortment of deli bread, such as croque monsieurs and baked curry bread.
Quignon also offers a variety of cereal bars and cookies. Their cereal bars are like high-end, homemade granola bars made from various types of granola and dried fruits. Their cookies come in various flavors: orange chocolate, coffee nut, pumpkin, caramel nut (the most popular), vanilla sugar, honey lemon, and maple walnut. If you can’t choose which flavor of cookie to try or just love all of them equally, then the box set (1,080 yen) is perfect for you.
During the Christmas season, Quignon also offers the traditional German bread, stollen. Their stollens contain cinnamon and various spices including cardamom, dried fruits, nuts, and sweet marzipan. The unique thing about the stollens from Quignon is that they are covered in a light brown sugar glaze.
Other than the main store in Kokubunji, Quignon also has branches in Kokubunji Marui (国分寺マルイ), ecute Tachikawa (立川), ecute Ueno (上野), nonowa Kunitachi (国立), and inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library (都立多摩図書館). While I highly recommend visiting the bakeries themselves because of their adorable interior and friendly staff, if none of these store locations are close to you, you can opt for Quignon’s online store (Japanese only) which offers most of the items available at the shop.
I usually eat scones with coffee, because I am a coffee addict who pretty much loves anything that goes well with it, but I fell in love once I tried Quignon’s scones and will definitely be eating them with or without coffee. Their delicious pastries alone, even without the various seasonal offerings, should be enough to have you revisiting this bakery over and over again.
Quignon Website *Japanese only
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