Tokyo is truly a cosmopolitan city. It is decidedly Japanese, but at the same time, it won’t give you a hard time if you happen to search for more international flavors. This can’t be any truer when it comes to food. For instance, breads and pastries that remind you of other cities like Paris aren’t in short supply here. Whether sweet or savory, you will find yourself overwhelmed with choices. Come to any of these Tokyo bakeries and indulge in baked goods:

VIRON in Shibuya

Viron is the only boulangerie in Japan that makes Retrodor baguettes. This version of bread is special because it uses Retrodor flour – the highest quality of flour milled and shipped from France, and follows traditional preparation methods. This is the most authentic French bread you can have in this corner of the world. Enjoy it to-go or better yet, stop by its 2nd floor café-bistro.

Address: 33-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13004626/ (Japanese only)

CENTRE THE BAKERY in Ginza

Centre The Bakery shares the same owner as Viron’s, and this time around, the focus is on the classic white bread. This artisanal sandwich shop and restaurant is a hit for their customizable toasts. If you’re eating in, the first order of business is to select your own fancy toaster on display and bring it to your table. There are differest toast samplers to choose from, featuring different types of breads, spreads, and fillings. Another way to enjoy white bread is to choose among a variety of toast sandwiches off the menu. Try their Kuroge-Wagyu (black-haired Japanese beef) cutlet sandwich. It’s probably one of the most luxurious toast you’d ever encounter.

Address: 1F Kosokuduoro Konya Building 1-2-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

Price: ¥ ~999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13157424/ (Japanese only)

MARUICHI BAGEL in Shirokane

For a taste of New York, come to this small neigborhood bakery, Maruichi Bagel. Several varieties of freshly-baked NY-style bagels are available from Wednesdays to Sundays, as early as 7AM until supplies last. Choose from 10 flavors: plain, sesame, poppy, onion, 7-grain honey, 7-grain fig, cinammon raisin, rock salt, blueberry, and everything on it. There are also bagel sandwiches sold starting 10AM. You can opt for simple fillings like homemade cream cheese or hearty portions of smoked salmon, cheese, and a variety of greens. There are no seats inside the store so everything is ordered to go.

Address: 1-15-22 Shirokane, Minato, Tokyo

Price: ¥ ~999

Website: http://www.maruichibagel.com

Dans Dix ans in Kichijoji

Dans Dix ans looks like an art gallery for bread. All kinds of bread baked in small batches are showcased in sleek glass trays and shelves. It comes in different shapes, sizes, flavors, and texture but common to all of them is the use of carefully selected ingredients. Their “Cigar Chocolat” is pretty popular. Its hazelnut praline ganache filling is only put in upon the time of your order.

Address: 2-28-2 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo

Price: ¥ ~999

Website: http://www.dans10ans.net (Japanese only)

Signifiant Signifie in Sangenjaya

Signifiant Signifie’s popularity among French bread connoiseurs is such that a commute to its suburb location is hardly any bother. Considering that breads here takes a few days to make because of tedious preparation methods, you really won’t mind going the extra mile for something that is so delicately produced. The selection is extensive from plain sourdoughs to fruit-studded loafs. It is on the pricey side, but what you’ll get is definitely good to the last crumb.

Address: 1F Coms Shimouma 2-43-11 Shimouma, Setagaya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: http://www.signifiantsignifie.com

365 Jours (365) in Shibuya

365 Jours motivation is simple: If bread is something that you eat everyday, then you have to be picky and never compromise when it comes to quality. This is achieved by sourcing organic ingredients directly from suppliers, whether they are flour millers or vegetable growers. Its chef owner believes that using seasonal and organic produce has real health benefits, and food of this kind is what you should nourish your body with 365 days of the year. The shop offers over 50 varieties of bread with a small eat-in space if you also want to have coffee. There’s also a small section that showcases other food stuff like coffee, herbs, spices, and fresh vegetables.

Address: 1-6-12 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: http://ultrakitchen.jp/projects/#item80 (Japanese only)

Parlour Ekoda in Ekoda

This suburban café-bakery is the perfect place to enjoy gourmet baked delights. You can pick out items off the tray like hard-crusted rolls and fruit tarts, or enjoy something more ostentatious like quiche and a host of sandwiches. They are equally serious when it comes to coffee. Whether its flat white or an iced latte, their brews match the quality of the food being served. As for the ambiance, it’s a quaint European-inspired space that feels like a corner far removed from Tokyo’s big city hustle and bustle.

Address: 41-7 Sakaecho, Nerima, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1321/A132101/13185945/ (Japanese only)

Bread, Espresso & in Omotesando

Accompany your strolls at Omotesando with a café date at Bread, Espresso &. Its famed French Toast – a thick brioche bread soaked in Hokkaido milk and served on a skillet, has a cult following; but do take note that it is only served before 10AM and after 3PM. On the other hand, regular items like panini and other bread choices are available any time of the day.

For your dose of caffeine, it is particularly noteworthy that the owner of Bread, Espresso & is the same guy behind Tokyo’s legendary pop-up shop Omotesando Koffee. This basically means one thing: superb coffee concoctions.

Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ ~999

Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp (Japanese only)

Le Pain Quotidien in Shiba

For a hearty breakfast in the middle of the city, head to Le Pain Quotidien. This international bakery-cum-café from Brussels is one fine way to start your day with its communal table setting, exquisite organic meals, and airy ambiance. It sits next to Shiba Koen Park near Tokyo Tower making it a good starting point for your sightseeing activities for the day.

Address: 3 Chome-3-1 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: http://www.lepainquotidien.jp/

La Boutique de Joel Robuchon in Marunouchi

Any foodie would recognize the name Joel Robuchon. His restaurants all over the world are shining with Michelin-star accolades, and to date, he has 33 – the most of any chef in the world. Of course, Tokyo would be one of those cities where his restaurants would have a presence. In fact, he has quite a number, but besides serving just main courses, he also has 3 branches of La Boutique de Joel Robuchon – a patisserie and boulangerie usually annexed to his restaurants. Expect trays upon trays of luxurious French bread and treats like macarons, tarts, and cakes. Be also on the lookout for localized offerings such as curry pan and kouign-amann cake topped with sweet potatoes and sesame seeds.

Address: 1F Marunouchi Brick Square, 2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: http://www.robuchon.jp/en

Price information in this article is as of October 2016.

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