There is constantly a lot of things going on around the Yoyogi (代々木) area of Shibuya (渋谷) in Tokyo (東京). If you are in need of a quick meal or something to bring home as a souvenir, these five bakeries and sandwich shops may be exactly what you need. Check them out!
This extremely popular bakery’s owner is both a baker and a pastry chef. The bread sold at 365日 is made in innovative ways which made the bakery extremely popular, constantly crowded with customers. All ingredients used in their bread are produced within Japan, especially the 15 types of wheat which were specially handpicked by the owner chef himself.
The line-up at 365日 is constantly over 50 types of bread, from hard buns to meal bread. One of their most popular items is the croquant chocolat, which is a soft bun with chocolate ganache and crunchy chocolate. Another one is their moist and fluffy red bean paste roll. The rolls are made to match the subtle sweetness of the red bean paste to create a texture and flavor that you will not be able to experience elsewhere.
365日 is open from 7 AM to 7 PM every day so if you are in need of a place to grab food in the morning, this is perfect for that.
tecona bagel works is a bagel specialty shop that is located right outside of Yoyogi-Koen Station (駅). There are over 60 flavors of bagels here and they are split into three types of textures: fluffy, moist, and doughy. On weekends, there is a limited number of bagel sandwiches which are extremely popular as well. Their bagels are made from wheat, water, sugar, and salt – very simple, but through their interesting and varying textures and flavors, they are made to be addictive in the best kind of way.
The most popular flavor out of the fluffy bagels, which are perfect for use as sandwich buns and have interesting flavor choices, is the spicy corn curry. The fluffy dough is filled with homemade curry and later wrapped in cheese, then baked. The fluffy dough, corn, and crispy cheese layer add various depths of texture to this bagel.
The most popular flavor out of the moist bagels, which is the best kind to enjoy the flavor of the bagel itself, is the lemon peel cream cheese one. The dough has lemon peels and cream cheese cubes mixed in it and there are coarse bits of sugar on the top of the bagel.
The doughy bagels are probably the closest to the traditional bagel texture. The most popular doughy bagel is the coconut with chocolate bagel. This item is perfect as a dessert and features a dough that is mixed with chocolate and coconut shreds placed on top.
As they bake the bagels once they open their store in the morning, around noon is the time that they have the largest assortment of items. These bagels would be perfect meals to take with you if you are planning to hang out at Yoyogi Park (代々木公園).
CAMELBACK sandwich&espresso is a cafe located six minutes away from Yoyogi-Koen Station. This cafe is run by a former sushi chef and a barista and is famous for their egg sandwiches and salt caramel lattes.
CAMELBACK is a take-out-only cafe that provides various sandwiches and drinks. Their most popular item is the Sushi Shop Egg Sandwich which features a rolled Japanese-style omelet in a long bun. Their coffee is hand dripped by the barista and uses Brazilian coffee beans. The amount of time used to drip and the temperature of the hot water is adjusted every day according to the condition of the beans, making the ideal cup of coffee.
Boulangerie et Café Main Mano is run by a former five-star restaurant baker in Paris. The bakery features an eat-in space which is perfect if you have a bit of time to enjoy your delicious bread. The bakery was designed in the image of the 16th district in Paris. There are always over 60 types of bread available here and many of them feature seasonal fruits and vegetables, making it worth visiting many times over the year. Their baguettes are extremely popular and are sold to famous hotels and cafe franchises around Japan.
POTASTA is a 3-minute walk from Yoyogi-Uehara Station (代々木上原駅). Their sandwiches feature a thin bun stuffed to the brim with healthy ingredients – perfect if you are looking for a super filling yet extremely healthy meal. The main ingredients of their sandwiches are fresh vegetables brought from Chiba Prefecture (千葉県). They only use rye bread, too, making sure to keep the healthy aspect.
Their Green Mixed Nuts sandwich features kale, lettuce, red-leaved chicory or other leaf vegetables that are in season at the time. The vegetables are flavored with grape seed oil, salt, pepper, and nuts in order to bring out the amazing flavor of the leafy greens.
All of their sandwiches are 500 yen but you can buy two for 850 yen, and 3 for 1,350 yen, so it is recommended that you pick up a few, maybe to bring to your friends, co-workers, or family members.
These bakeries and sandwich shops are all perfect for grabbing meals or gifts for friends and family so definitely check them out! If you are feeling slightly ambitious, you could even visit them in one trip as they are all in the Yoyogi area.