Updated: September 11, 2019
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No Bread, No Life! 6 Japanese Bakery Heavens in Tokyo!


The land of rice? Think boulangerie instead! If you've ever been to Japan you've probably encountered the "Japanese Bakery" serving up delicious treats, usually located around train stations and pretty much anywhere people go. Here are 6 Japanese bakeries worth a visit in Tokyo!

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Viron Shibuya

Viron is a Shibuya-based boulangerie with some simply superb bread! They do everything really well here, but their basic baguettes and croissants are particularly delicious! You really won't be disappointed with anything that you order.

However, the thing that I love about this place is the 'Morning Set,' which costs ¥1,500 and includes a generous portion of 4 types of freshly baked bread. This is served with a collection of absolutely delicious jams, spreads, and honey which you can use to your liking as you eat the bread and drink coffee.

Maruichi Bagel 

Is it possible to find New York-quality bagels in Tokyo? The answer is a resounding yes! Maruichi Bagel, located in Shirokane (South Tokyo) is a bakery that has some truly outstanding bagels! Choose from 13 types of bagels from plain, to seven-grain honey fig, to rock salt, to rice!
Any of the perfect bagels can be turned into a variety of scrumptious and hearty sandwiches. Since it's Japan, you might as well give the azuki (redbean) and butter sandwich a try. It's delicious!
The shop doesn't open until 10 am, but they start selling bagels at around 7 am, in case you're planning to head there early.

Le Pain Quotidien (Shibakoen Store)

This is classic-style Japanese Bakery with a French twist. With a few locations around Tokyo. The Shibakoen store offers a bit more of a walk-in-the-park kinda feel with a warm atmosphere and an interior to make you wanna sit down enjoy a coffee and a pastry.
Located just a short 5-minute walk north of Shibakoen station on the Toei Mita line. Le Pain Quotidien has a stellar array of bread and desserts. Definitely reminds you of European-style artisan bakeries.
They also so solid brunch-style meals that could be Tokyo's best European-style breakfast. Time to make plans this weekend for Sunday Brunch with you friends.

Le Pain wants to promote a place where people can gather and get away from the hectic demands of daily life, and just breathe and enjoy "traditional simplicity". Their breads are a combination of organic flour and simple ingredients, artisanal savoir-faire, and stone-lined hearths. What a delight to the senses!

The City Bakery

The City Bakery has quite a steady following, already gaining popularity with foreign visitors and locals. Located inside Shinagawa Atre, just next to Shinagawa station, it's very busy with travellers and workers in the mornings and evenings trying to get a bite to eat or takeout.
There's an abundance of breads with cheese and other toppings which are favourites among the mix. Their chocolate swirl brioche is definitely one of the top picks!
And if you're wondering what the above is... head down there and ask for the hot chocolate and discover for yourself!

Centre The Bakery

Centre The Bakery is located in between Tokyo and Yurakucho station, about a 4-minute walk from Ginza Ichichome station on the Yurakucho line. Very, very popular with locals and tourists, you'll see plenty of people lining up on the weekends to get a seat inside.
They have an interesting array of dishes and pastries, mostly eaten as a sit-down fare. You'd be hard-pressed to find a fruit sandwich overseas, but here it's one of their most order items. Fresh cream and fruit and soft bread - YUM!
One thing I really like about this place (one of the main reasons people come here) is the fresh bread tasting set. You literally get a toaster at your table and toast your bread yourself. It comes with a selection of jams and spreads that compliment the delicious bread.

La Boutique De Joel Robuchon

On your next visit to Ebisu Garden Place (pictured above), you'd better make this one a required stop! Joel Robuchon is 3 Michelin star French chef that has a one of its famous Tokyo address there called La Boutique De Joel Robuchon.
The Boutique is a deluxe bread, cake and sandwich shop. You absolutely cannot go wrong with their simple croissant, but if you've worked up and appetite, their camembert cheese and ham sandwich should be your choice!
Oh, and for those with a sweet tooth, this bakery doubles as a high-end patisserie too. The cake selection is a feast for the senses.

What's unbelievable is that for an establishment owned by a chef of Robuchon's stature, the prices are very reasonable! The vast majority of the pastries, breads, and sandwiches are between ¥300 and ¥1,000.

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