Organic Bread And Delicious Desserts At Crayonhouse, Omotesando
Natural, Delicious Treats In The Heart Of Tokyo
Find the best natural products for your breakfast and afternoon snack just a stone’s throw from Omotesando station.
With a number of new domestic and international bakeries gradually climbing the ladder of the Japanese food market, it’s no secret that bread is becoming one of the most preferred items for a quick breakfast and even an afternoon snack for many in Japan, especially those who rush in between meetings on weekdays. When it comes to bread, however, it’s important to pay attention to details: wheat quality, calories, sugar and unnecessary additives may be more harmful that we tend to think.
The organic products and food store Crayonhouse, located just outside Omotesando station, recently launched a new lineup of fully organic bread, which in addition to the store’s variety of natural sweets and other products, has been attracting long queues in the past couple of months.
Organic Wheat Bread
Though for many years Crayonhouse has been offering several types of full-grain and wholemeal organic bread imported from Germany, this year the store further launched sales of domestic organic wheat bread from the popular Shirokuma dairy and bakery company based in Hokkaido.
Entirely additive-free and almost melting in your mouth, the bread is certified by JAS and is made of fully organic wheat grown in the Shinobazu village approximately 40 km northeast of Sapporo. Shinobazu village is well-known for being the home of a number of organic farmers.
The bread is offered at the base floor of the store in various types and sizes, including plain type bread, French type loaf, whole-grain bread, plain rolls, bagels, and raisin rolls. Prices range between ¥432 for a package of rolls and around ¥750 for a whole plain bread.
For an afternoon break, invite yourself to the Crayonhouse organic restaurant at the base floor. Here you can enjoy organic coffee or tea with delicious organic cakes baked on-site. Unlike most cakes in Japan, the portions here are quite generous and free of any artificial coloring.
In addition to the already impressive lineup of cheesecakes, tarts and chocolate cakes, the newest dessert in the store is a best-selling pumpkin pudding from the Osaka store Delica. Made of organic pumpkins, eggs, sugar, milk and fresh cream from Hokkaido and Western Japan, without any food additives, preservatives, sweeteners or coloring agents, the product has been hugely popular among health-cautious customers and children.
The pudding can also be ordered from the Crayonhouse’s online store for ¥2,100 for a pack of six.
A variety of organic chocolates, snacks and other sweets are also available at the store’s natural market also on the basement floor.
Founded in 1976, Crayonhouse is one of Japan’s largest books, organic food, cosmetics, wear and accessory stores with branches in Tokyo’s Aoyama and Osaka’s Suita city. Crayonhouse Tokyo has four floors: a children’s bookshop on the 1st; toys on the 2nd; cosmetics, clothes and books for women on the 3rd, and an organic restaurant and market at the basement floor.
Address: 3-8-15, Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: Five minutes walk from Omotesando station’s A1 exit.
Business hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (1-3 F), (10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.) Restaurant Hiroba, B1 F (11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on weekdays, 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.) The vegetable market is open until 8 p.m. daily.