With so many places in Kobe making good quality bread, whatever you, do not! settle for convenience store bread! (jokes) 🙂

What kind of image do you have of a Japanese breakfast?

With Kobe being well-known for its bread (and cakes) and with so many wonderful bakeries spread throughout the prefecture, I had always assumed Hyogo Prefecture had the highest number of bakeries in Japan. Well, I was wrong 🙂

The prefecture with the largest number of bakeries in Japan is Ehime Prefecture. Hyogo Prefecture is apparently is ranked 16th in the whole country. However, in terms of most bread consumed in the country (by prefecture), is ranks second after Kyoto.

Even though Hyogo is ranked 16th (in terms of overall number of bakeries by prefecture) in the country, we come second in consumption! すごい!:P It makes you wonder just how much bread is actually produced in Hyogo …

Pane Ho Maretta(パネホマレッタ)

 8am – 7pm (They will close after sold out)  https://www.facebook.com/Pane.Ho.Maretta/

 〒650-0011 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Shimoyamatedori, 5 Chome−1−1 興栄ビル 1F  078-954-8255

This bakery is located at the midpoint between JR Motomachi station (West exit is the most convenient) and Kenchomae Station on the subway line. The Ikuta Junior High School is across from the bakery.

The shop was founded in 2017, so it is still a relatively new bakery that is getting to be really popular. As a consequence, you may have to line up a little bit, but I do not think you will regret it.

It is a small shop, with a limit of 7 customers present at any one time. However, when I was there last (4/2020) I noticed they had reduced their customer limits to 4 customers at a time as a precautionary response to the current COVID-19 pandemic .

Prior to the pandemic, it was a self-serve buying system. Now, customers must tell the staff what bread they would like to purchase and the staff will then prepare and pack to items for you.

What do you think of those breads? umm Yum.

I choose those bread this time.

Bakery RIKI (パンやきどころRIKI)

 8am – 6pm (They will close after sold out) Tuesday & Wednesday closed  https://www.instagram.com/panyakidokoro_riki/?hl=ja

 2 Chome-7-4 Sakaemachidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0023  078-392-8585

The shop is located near Nankinmachi Seianmon exit. The closest train station is JR Motomachi station (head south from the west exit).

This is another small shop, so they limit number of customers during their busy period. If there is a line, as one customer exits, another can enter the shop. According to a recent Instagram post, the shop currently has a limit of four customers inside at any one time as a precautionary response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a cute small bakery with lots of hard bread to select from and it is a space that bread lovers will adore. Sandwiches are lined up in the refrigerator on the right-hand side as you enter the shop. Unfortunately, by late in the afternoon or early evening, there is little left so I recommend you go to there in the morning or as early as you can.

ISUZU BAKERY

 8am – 9pm  http://isuzu-bakery.jp/

 1 Chome-11-18 Motomachidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0022  078-393-4180

This is a famous bakery in Kobe. I think everyone from Kobe knows of this shop and has eaten one of this bakery’s bread at least once in their life.

They founded the shop in 1946. It is known for its original White bread and Sausage rolls it calls Toreron (トレロン)

There are 4 shops in Kobe: the Main shop, Kitanosaka shop, Ikuta Road shop and the Motomachi shop. It is easy to get to Kitanozaka from Sannomiya Station. The Ikuta Road store is near the Sannomiya Tokyu Hands, while the Motomachi shop can be reached from Motomachi Station.

You can see it is very crowded on Saturdays and Sundays due to the shop’s close proximity to Motomachi station. The fact that it is a small shop, it may be difficult for people with children or those who have a lot of luggage after shopping to navigate their way inside.

They are open until 9 pm, so you can buy some bread for breakfast for the following day.

Haune Bayer(ハウネベーヤー)

 10am – 8pm  https://tabelog.com/hyogo/A2801/A280101/28001039/

 〒650-0021 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Sannomiyacho, 1 Chome−10−1 Sanchika 7bangai  078-391-3357

Hawne Bayer Bakery focuses on using healthy ingredients.

The store is in the basement, near the Hankyu Department Store. It reopened from renovations in mid-December 2019 and has a cafe space inside.

The products I often buy:

  • Cranberries and cream cheese ¥160 + tax ・・・I love cranberries and cream cheese, so I buy this every time I am here.
  • Brown sugar bread with Kinako cream (Kinako means soybeans powder). ・・・This is my favorite too! It has cream and sweet soybeans powder on top.
  • Salt and butter bread・・・It is very simple, but is tasty. They also have a sandwich that uses this bread.

This bakery seems bake throughout the whole day, as you can smell the beautiful aroma of freshly made bread every time you pass by the store.

Every time I go to a bakery, I often wonder how the staff remember how many pieces of (each type) bread makes up a particular price or weight request by customers. I am always impressed how quickly and accurately they measure such requests 😛

Tommy’s (トミーズ)

 8am – 8pm  https://www.tommys-kobe.com/contents/shop/

 1 Chome-31-35 Kitanagasadori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0012  078-333-8820 

The shop was founded in 1977. The main shop is in Uozaki in Higashinada-ku, but in this post I will introduce the shop near Sannomiya station which is a 1-minute walk from the west exit of Hankyu Sannomiya station.

This shop is known for its Anshoku (あん食) ¥700. It is loaf bread with a sweet filling. It looks like marbled bread as it is filled with sweet red beans.

The shop has cute hand-drawn menus and its breads are lined up in a showcase (along with other displays of its savory dishes) that easily catch the eyes of passersby.

Every time I pass by, I imagine cutting it very thick slice of bread and spreading a LOT of butter on top! umm – Yummy 🙂

The other day, my boss bought a lot of Anshoku as gifts for his friends in his hometown. I thought it was a good idea their breads can keep well for about 4 days (including the manufacturing date). So if you are interested, please consider buying some for your family and friends 🙂