Kobe isn’t just famous for their beef, their desserts are also equally popular to tourists and locals alike. After an amazing meal of beef or seafood, as the port city is also well known for it, you’d want to lounge and relax in their sweet shops and sample their picture perfect and mouth watering desserts that aren’t just crazy good, they’re also reasonably priced.
Although these shops are westernized due to their arrival on the shores of Kobe so many years ago, there are still shops who offer traditional Japanese treats who stand out and who have quite a following. Some of these cafes or stores also are not quite popular to tourists but are well visited by locals who appreciate the flavors and textures of their fare. It’s wonderful to say that there is a harmony between the local and Western dessert selections in this city despite the latter’s significant influence in their culture.
Desserts are little slices, cups or morsels of heaven in their prettiest and simplest presentation. Although not everyone has a sweet tooth, some of these sweets have a come hither aura that is mesmerizing and would tempt you to take just one bite. For the dessert aficionados, a pilgrimage to these popular shops will surely be on top of their travel itinerary.
Japan has it’s most famous and fluffiest take on cheesecakes and here in this internationally awarded sweet store, given no less than the Monde Selection, you will taste the lightest and creamiest cheesecake ever, their Vanilla Fromage Cheesecake. They use cream cheese from France and Australia and they add premium yogurt to achieve this award winning piece of perfection. They sell it frozen and when you get to your hotel or wherever you’re staying, you need to defrost it for 3 hours before you can enjoy it.
Baumkuchen was first introduced by the namesake of this sweet store, Karl Juchheim, German confectioner. Today, this delicate German cake has not only become a household name, it has also become a symbol of prosperity and longevity because of its carefully crafted rings. It is now a staple in festive occasions across the country. With an elegant boxing and refined appearance, it truly has the qualities of the cultures that created it and made it famous.
If you love strawberries, chocolates and matcha, you’d dig this decadent dessert from another popular dessert shop in Kobe. The strawberries are freeze dried and dipped in either white chocolate, chocolate and matcha flavored chocolate. These are packed in simple colored boxes and are sold even online and not just in their shops. It would be amazing to visit their shop and just sample their treats right out of their shelves. These truffles are gorgeous and tempting and they’ve been a huge hit as gifts to bring home to friends and family. This 20 year old shop also sells the equally famous magic pot pudding with layers of caramel, creamy custard and cream with variations like mango, strawberry, chocolate and more.
Kannonya Motomachi Honten
Their Denmark Cheesecake is a must-have when you decide to visit their shop in Motomachidori. They are open all week long and serve this cake with a crispy exterior and topped with melted cheese that sits perfectly on top and drips to the sides right on to the plate. If you love cheese and cake, but not exactly cheesecake, then head over to this shop and indulge in this famous treat.
They’ve been serving their clientele since 1988 with desserts that look too good to be eaten. The shine and sparkle in these desserts are too elegant to dig your fork in and the colors are indeed magical. They truly are a work of art and they’re also just as decadent when sampled. There’s flowers, fruit, cream and just about anything masterfully decorating these pretty pieces of sweets.
Patisserie Mont Plus
This is another of those French sweets stores that you often see in anime and drama series that offer picture perfect desserts. Located in Sakaemachi, Kobe, they are known to have introduced French desserts and some beverages to the locals. Shelves of the prettiest gateaux and packs of other confectionery fill the shop everyday so you’re welcome to visit anytime or you can also purchase their items from their online shop.
They’ve been serving these dainty and artfully crafted cookies since 1873 and has been a long time favorite of the Kobe locals because they simply have not changed their recipe. The rice crackers or cookies are shaped like roof tiles and have intricate gilded designs like sakura and warriors in cavalry armor and are in different sizes, shapes and variations. These are wonderful gifts for families and friends who’d love to taste traditionally made Japanese desserts.
There are a lot of European influenced dessert shops dotting Kobe but some of them, like this sweets store, serve treats with traditional ingredients. With over 100 years of history Hontakassagoya Motomachi became known for their Takasago kintsuba which they started concocting back in 1897 a couple of years before they opened shop. These sweets are made with red beans in thin skinned wraps and go well with the rest of their sweets lineup. You can visit their store near the Motomachi shopping street.
Sweets aren’t called as such without evoking feelings of love and happiness. Chocolates are often gifted to sweethearts and a box of soft pastries are given to friends to cheer them up if they are emotionally distressed or if they’re ill. It’s something you can bring home and everyone will swoon over except when for health reasons your family or friends aren’t allowed to eat them. But, most of the time, you can never go wrong in taking them home as presents because everyone will surely enjoy them.