Previously, we published a list of accessories for the melon pan lover. Of course, nothing can beat the warm and fluffy yakitate (焼きたて, freshly made) melon pan. Did you know that some prefectures has their variation of this glorious bread? Go on a meron pan adventure and eat your way through!
- Kalaheo Bakery in Kanagawa カラヘオベーカリー (Tabelog)
Their signature melon pan has crisp and a mildly sweet skin while the bread inside is fluffy and light. It really looks fluffier compared to the convenience store-bought ones.
Address: 1-3-6 Kugenumaishigami Fujisawa Kanagawa
Opening hours: 9:00~19:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
- GURUMAN VITAL in Gifu グルマンマルセ (Japanese site)
This melon bread baked in a stone kiln has a crunchy skin and a buttery inside. I certainly want to eat this fresh from the kiln! This shop also offers a huge variety of other bread that you should totally try too! (Japanese site)
Address: Tarui-cho, Miyashiro 441, Fuwa-gun, Gifu
Opening hours: 8:00~18:00 (MON), 08:00~19:00(WED-SUN)
- Kokado in Ibaraki 幸鹿堂 (Japanese site)
This decadent pastry uses only Ibaraki-produced melon juice concentrate and pulp to enhance the taste of melon. A generous helping of custard cream is added, making it a luxurious dessert. Unlike the regular melon pan that only looks like a melon, this probably tastes like one too.
Address: Kamisu, Ibaraki Prefecture Shitsute chuo 3-4-8
Opening hours: 7:00~19:00
- Taishousei Pan Sho in Kyoto 大正製パン所 (Tabelog)
This sweet thing is specially shaped like a rugby ball and filled with shiro an (白餡, white bean paste), like many of the pastries from the Kansai region. I wouldn’t pass up such an interesting combination!
Address: Kamigyōku, Imaidegawa-dōri Senbon-higashiiru Hanshūinmae-chō 136
Opening hours: 8:30~18:00
- Boulangerie La oeuf in Kanagawa (Tabelog)
Try this tasty treat that is chock-full of home-made custard cream if you ever visit Kanagawa. The sugar cracks on the bun also looks very inviting.
Address: 3-1-6 Edakita Aoba-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
Opening hours: 8:30~19:00
● Bakery HAREVINO in Chiba ベーカリー ハレビノ(Japanese site)
This huge melon pan comes highly recommended by the pastry chef. Only butter is used, making it a truly luxurious treat. You can also freely use the toaster or oven in the shop to reheat any pastry you’ve bought.
Address: 2-11-13 Kashiwa-shi Chuo, Chiba
Opening hours: 7:30~20:00
● SweetsPlaza in Chiba 山口製菓舗 (Japanese site)
Cabbage melon pan? This bakery uses locally-produced cabbage in the skin of the melon bread, and decorated it to look like a cabbage leaf. It is also filled with a mildly sweet custard cream. I certainly wonder what this tastes like!
Address: Kiyokawa-cho 2-1122, Choshi, Chiba
Opening hours: 9:30~18:30 (Weekdays, closed on Tuesdays), 10:00~18:30 (Weekends)
- Polaris in Tokyo ポラリス
This seems to have the regular melon bread taste but hey, where else can you get Totoro-shaped melon bread other than Japan? Rather, can you bear to eat it?
Address: 4-15-41 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo
Opening hours: 8:00~19:00
- Fukuyama Bakery in Kumamoto ふくやまベーカリー(Japanese site)
This tasty looking piece made with peanut butter cream. Sounds like a delicious mix between salty and sweet. Apparently, you can freeze it and reheat it in a toaster and it will still not lose its flavour or crunch!
Address: 1777-13 Kuwanobori, Arao-shi, Kumamoto
Opening hours: 8:00~18:30 (Closed on Sundays)
- Pan au Sourire in Tokyo (Japanese site)
Earl grey melon pan – this is going to smell good! Definitely a must try if you pass by the shop.
Address: 1-4-6 Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening hours: 8:00~20:00 (or till they are sold out)
- HIGU BAGEL&CAFE in Tokyo (Japanese site)
This is simply the signature melon bread’s cookie crust atop a bagel, giving a new twist in the texture. Even better, you can also buy the melon pan bagel at any Circle K Sunkus convenience store too.
Address: 36-3 Miyamotocho Itabashi Tokyo
Opening hours: 9:00~19:00 (Weekdays), 9:00~18:00 (Weekends)
- Miil in Aomori パン工房ビリオン(Japanese site)
This is an interesting one. Curry filling in the sweet melon bread? You can’t predict what it will taste like till you try it!
Address: 18 Maehira, Noheji-machi, Kamikita-gun, Aomori
Opening hours: 9:00~16:30 (Closed on Sundays)
● Boulangerie-lebonheur in Aomori ブーランジェリー ル・ボヌール (Tabelog)
This luxurious melon pan uses locally grown apples 🍎 as their filling. The Aomori apple is dense, slightly tart yet sweet. Apples in melon bread may just taste really good!
Address: 2-7 Fujisaki-machi, Nishi-Toyoda 2-chome, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori
Opening hours: 08:30~19:00 (TUES-SUN)
- La boulangerie pingouin in Tokyo ぱんやのパングワンのメロンパン(Japanese site)
The thick cookie crust on this pastry will surprise you when you take the first bite! It has a firm and crisp texture unique to this cafe. Do also check out their range of penguin-shaped pastries which are too cute to eat!
Address: 1-36-15 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 7:30~19:00 (Closed on Mondays, second Tuesday of the month, and fourth Friday of the month)
- L’Atelier du pain in Tokyo (Japanese site)
This special melon bread is made in brioche style, with coconut and almond. The thick crust is buttery and rich which compliments the light and fluffy bread. It sounds really yummy!
Address: 6-1-12 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 7:30~22:00 (Weekdays), 11:00~22:00 (Weekends)
Of course, Tokyo seems to have the most melon bread shops, but remember, you can always get them at convenience stores! The quality is also on par, with the satisfying crunch when you eat the cookie crust and the fluffy bread.
Get me some melon pan now!
Enjoy your (next) Japan trip!