ぱんだの散歩Panda no Sanpo is a みたらし団子mitarashi dango shop in the 北野Kitano area of Kyoto known for their mitarashi dango shaped like a panda, called “ぱんだんごPandango”, the fusion of “panda” and “dango“. Since its opening in early March 2013 and the owner’s active participation in various events around Kyoto Prefecture, the Pandango continues to gain steady popularity.
After discovering it in a magazine, last summer I couldn’t help going in search of the shop in late August 2016 when I was in the area. I got off at JR 円町駅Enmachi Station and walked along 西大路通Nishioji Street until turning east on to 仁和寺街道Ninnajikaido. The side of the street that the shop would be on was hit with the hardest of the midday sun’s rays, so I walked on the other side in the shade; that didn’t stop me from being sweaty despite the leisurely pace at which I walked.
after spotting the shop and crossing in no time…looks like I was the only customer.☺
The interior is mostly the kitchen area; the area for customers was big enough to contain at most six standing adults, not very spacious at all. The only staff on hand, the pretty and very friendly owner greeted me upon entering; when I asked if I could take pictures, she welcomed me to do so…we also chatted for most of the short time that I was there. When I mentioned that I live in Kameoka, she encouraged me to take a flier for an event to be held there a month or two later.☺
To the left were handmade Pandango goods, from key chains to ear picks; on the counter are more panda goods as well as fliers for events in which Panda no Sanpo would be participating. The Pandango plates are used when customers want to eat in (only standing room at the counter).
I ordered three sets of Pandango and regular mitarashi dango pairs (two were for friends)…here are the Pandangos being light grilled up.☺
the ぱんだんごPandango, ￥150, and a regular みたらし団子mitarashi dango, ￥100
The dango is made without artificial flavors and preservatives and considering how cute both types of dango are, it’s quite reasonably priced if you ask me, not to mention delicious (with a sweet-and-salty flavor more subtle than most mitarashi glaze) and the perfect chewy texture. I went back about two weeks later to get more as a gift for a friend whom I was visiting in the area; there was another female staff assisting then. The owner remembered me and greeted me enthusiastically; I guess that she hadn’t expected me to go back so soon.☺
Friendly staff, cute, unique and delicious mitarashi dango, definitely reasons to go back to Panda no Sanpo for my mitarashi dango cravings.☺
Address: 〒602-8373 京都府京都市上京区下横町202 (Kyoto-fu. Kyoto-shi. Kamigyo-ku. Shimoyoko-cho 202)
Telephone number: 090-8652-4220
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access: 京都市バス大将軍バス停下車 徒歩約3分minutes by foot from Kyoto City bus stop “Taishogun” or 京福電鉄北野線 北野白梅町駅 徒歩約6分minutes by foot from Keifuku Railways Kitano Line Kitano Hakubaicho Station or JR嵯峨野線 円町駅 徒歩13分minutes by foot from JR Sagano Line Enmachi Station
Business hours: 12:00pm-sold out
Shop holiday: Monday-Wednesday, Sunday
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pandanosanpo/