If Great British Bake Off's Japanese Week made you want to learn more about Japanese cakes, breads and pastries then here's where to find the best Japanese bakeries in London.
Ground Floor, 19 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LB
This Japanese/Parisian import is the food element of Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc’s fashion brand. The fox shaped biscuits might be all you’ve seen on Instagram but they also have double baked matcha croissants, a caramel miso and pecan chocolate bar and a black tea and cherry cream puff among other delights.
Follow on Instagram: @cafekitsune
Delivery and west London pop-ups
It's all about Japanese sourdough at Yumiko Davis's Japanese micro-bakery which delivers to mainly West London and also pops up at Ravenscourt and Bishops Park markets at the weekend. Yumiko also sells matcha 'greenies' and a range of sweet and savoury pans.
Follow on Instagram: @guchokipan_london
94 Askew Rd, London W12 9BL
Run by Japanese baker Motoko McNulty who moved from catering into baking, this Shepherd's Bush bakery's reputation has spread way beyond London. In addition to milk loaves and yuzu custard doughnuts they also do a fun line in children's treats too.
Follow on Instagram: @happyskybakery
100 Islington High St, The Angel, London N1 8EG
Head to Islington's Camden Passage where, among the antique shops, you'll find this Japanese tea room. On the menu of home-baked treats are strawberry short cake (of course), omanju and wakaayu.
Follow on Instagram: @katsute100
9 Goldhurst Terrace London NW6 3HX
Chef Masayuki Hara was born in Japan but trained in London, working at Le Gavroche and for Prue Leith and Richard Corrigan. Here in his own bakery, he uses those French and modern British techniques alongside Japanese ingredients to serve quite beautiful tarts and cakes. So Paris Brest comes in its traditional form or with green tea and you'll find yuzu mousse cake alongside Pear Charlotte.
Follow on Instagram: @lanka_uk
44 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0DS
If it's Japanese confectionery or wagashi you're after specifically, then this Piccadilly store should be on your hit list. Choose from dorayaki, mochi, kasutera, manju and more - whatever you choose it'll be beautifully presented.
Follow on Instagram: @minamoto_london
52-54 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QE
If you're looking for kawaii, then you've come to the right place. Super cute cakes are all the thing at this Exmouth Market cafe - and if you're after something bigger for a celebration then pre-order that in advance. The range changes all the time, but recent treats have included cotton cheesecake and cherry blossom mochi.
Follow on Instagram: @cafebarnecco
12 S Ealing Rd, Ealing, London W5 4QA
This South Ealing bakery makes amazing Japanese breads, cakes and pastries - if you want to make sure something is going to be in stock, like their sweet azuki bean buns, then order ahead. They also do French baguettes which are the stuff of legend in these parts.
Photo by: @aririsoo
32 Haven Green, Ealing, London W5 2NX and 5 New Row, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4LH
This indie company started out in West London and now has a place in Covent Garden too where if you're into matcha, you can find it flavouring pan, croissant, tiramisu, sable - you name it. But they also do a very interesting savoury range featuring sandos and stuffed milk rolls too.
Follow on Instagram: @wacafelondon
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