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5 of the Best Places to Try 'Melon Pan' (Melon Bread) In Tokyo!

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Have you ever tried melon pan? It is a unique bread you can only find in Japan! There are many melon pan stands located in Tokyo, but this article will introduce 5 of the very best! Enjoy, and happy melon pan eating!

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What Is Melon Pan?

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Melon Pan is a type of sweet bun that was invented in Japan and visually resembles a melon. 'Pan' is the Japanese word for 'bread,' so 'melon pan' = 'melon bread.' Although it is called melon bread, it does not usually taste like melon, and there are various flavors such as chocolate chip, matcha, strawberry, etc. This bread is soft on the inside, with a crispy, almost cookie-like thin outer layer. Nowadays, you can even find melon bread that is filled with whipped cream or ice cream!

It's not hard to find melon bread, and you can easily walk into any convenience store and find some. However, the quality of the bread can vary greatly based on where you get it. Below are 5 of the best places in Tokyo to get really good quality melon bread!

If you aren't in Japan and would like to have the melon pan, we have also included a Japanese authentic recipe in the last section for you to try to make it at home! Try it out!

Kagetsudo (Asakusa)

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Kagetsudo is located 15 minutes away from Asakusa station. They also have another melon pan stand close to Kaminarimon gate as well, but the main store is located near the Sensoji Temple. This store was established in 1945 and has been making homemade melon pan ever since, selling to an average of more than 800 customers every day!

The melon pan is made by baking the bread at a low temperature for over 3 hours to create a soft and crispy texture. As this store is very popular among both tourists and locals, the bread often sells out by 4 pm, so head there early to get your hands on some!

World's Second-Best Freshly Baked Melon-Pan Ice Cream (Shibuya)

This store is located 8 minutes away from Shibuya station, and is close to Yoyogi park. The store serves melon pan ice cream, which is made by adding a delicious scoop of ice cream to the center of the freshly baked melon pan.

You can choose from vanilla, chocolate, or matcha ice cream, any of which are delicious. since the bread is still warm, the ice cream softens and melts beautifully as you eat it. It is recommended to drink up the melted ice cream with a straw after you finish eating the melon pan. For those who don't fancy ice cream, the bread can be ordered by itself, as well!

Kyuei (Tsukishima)

Kyuei is located 3 minutes away from Tsukishima station. Tsukishima is famous for its monjyayaki restaurants, but this melon pan stand is also very popular and is a good dessert place for after dinner. The freshly baked melon pan has a wonderfully crispy outer layer and soft inside that is everything that you hope for in a melon pan. The size of the melon pan is pretty big, but it is only ¥180! We recommend getting two since you'll definitely want another after you finish the first one!

Melon Pan Factory (Oimachi)

Melon Pan Factory is another outstanding shop located 1 minute away from Oimachi station which sells freshly-baked melon bread with several different flavors. I would recommend trying the original plain flavor first, but the matcha, chocolate chip, strawberry and other flavors are also worth trying too! This is a classic and delicious melon pan that definitely won't disappoint.

Kimuraya (Ginza)

Located just a minute walk from the A9 Exit of the Marunouchi Ginza Station, Kimuraya is a classic, fancy bakery of excellent quality that sells, among many other things, outstanding melon pan. This one actually has real melon purée mixed in with the cream filling inside, which is quite unique! Kimuraya is most famous for its anko bread, but its melon pan has been catching up in popularity as of late! Check this place out for sure if you're in the Ginza area.

Lastly...

If you have never tried melon pan, go to these melon pan stands for the best melon bread! It is a must try food when visiting Tokyo!

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