In mid-September, I set out from JR 二条駅Nijo Station on foot for caffè Verdi on foot…after 堀川通Horikawa Street, to avoid stoplights and as much traffic as possible to get to my destination faster, I cut quickly through the smaller streets; that is when I came upon ぱんと焼き菓子clover, a cute little bakery that I saw in a magazine last year and put on my list to visit when I could make it to the area, on 室町通Muromachi Street, north of 二条通Nijo Street. Considering that I had already let a lot of time go before making it here (albeit by accident, though), that there was a considerable amount of bread left and that the only customer was just leaving, I decided to drop in at last-minute.
the sweetly natural sign outside a clean, Japanese-style exterior
The shop is quite small with simple and natural interior (an ideal look for a bakery that serves good bread) and would have felt packed with several customers but since I had it to myself, it felt just like the right size, even spacious considering there was nothing set up in the middle of the shop. There was one female staff on hand; I couldn’t tell if she was the owner. I greeted her and she greeted me cheerfully (good sign). I asked her if it was okay to take pictures and she immediately obliged.
Most of the bread, especially the specialty breads and 菓子パンkashi-pan (sweet buns) were displayed here by the window…although the bread had some interesting ingredients and cute designs here and there, overall they were no-fail, simply delicious-looking.
the register and some more choice of bread like loaves
Baked sweets and sandwiches are on this side.
I would have liked to buy some meal breads but since I’d had a bite to eat before I left home, I decided to stick with sweet kinds. After walking around the shop, I decided on an オレンジスコーンorange scone, ￥130, カトラリークッキーcutlery cookies, ￥200, and もちもちぱんmochi-mochi pan (chewy bread) in チーズcheese, きなこkinako (soybean powder) and 抹茶あんこmatcha-anko (green tea filled with sweet bean paste), ￥55 each.
As I had predicted, they were no-fail and simply delicious. I ended up eating the mochi-mochi bread on my way to the station; they were gloriously chewy and yummy and hit the spot since I was a bit famished then. I had the scone the next day; it was still delicious and perfectly sweet and wholesome. I actually had the cookies a week after buying them with a couple of friends but they were still tasty and just the right sweetness, not to mention adorable (below they’re pictured with a sweet-potato cookie from another region of Japan).
Too bad that they’re not open on weekends or national holidays😢 but I guess that I’ll just have to make it back on a free weekday (or between work).☺