Tucked into an unassuming backstreet in Nihonbashi, this bakery may be small, but its selection is abundant. The consistent queue out the front speaks to the quality of the bread – we recommend going before the lunch rush to snag the best selection. Beaver Bread’s Japanese-inflected creations are a must, like the gobo (burdock root) and cheese twist, a bread roll filled with Setouchi lemon-scented egg salad, and black bean and chocolate buns. If you’re after more conventional baked goods like croissants and sourdough, you won’t be disappointed, either.
From soba to sushi, Tokyo's got you covered, but what about bread? A bakery might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning your Tokyo food itinerary, but there’s several compelling reasons for (at least) one making the cut. You can marvel at the extraordinary range of Japanese baking mastery, like impeccably leavened sourdough, light and flaky croissants, flawlessly dainty pastries and baguettes that match anything you’ll find on the streets of Paris.
What’s more, you’ll get an insight into local flavours and unique concoctions – try a yuzu custard tart, a mentaiko furansu-pan (a bread stick filled with cod roe and mayo), an anzu (Japanese apricot) danish, a kare pan (curry-filled doughnut), and loaves woven with ingredients like edamame, shiso, black sesame and aonori.
After all, bread is one of those foreign imports that Japan has not only adopted but also adapted, adding their own unique spin on all things baked. Here are some of our favourite homegrown Tokyo bakeries.
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