1. Yatsuhashi (八ツ橋)
Yatsuhashi is a famous Kyoto's local confectionery people usually buy when they visit Kyoto. It is usually filled with sweet red bean paste, and the wrapper is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar, and cinnamon. It has a mochi-like texture, soft and chewy. One of the most famous yatsuhashi shops is Otabe located near Jujo station where you can choose from a great selection of homemade yatsuhashi.
2. Ajari Mochi (阿闍梨餅)
Ajari Mochi is made by a long-established confectionery Mangetsu. It is a lightly baked snack filled with a lot of sweet red bean paste. The outside is very soft and a bit of chewy. It is loved by locals and visitors for over 150 years.
3. Kyo Ame (京あめ)
Kyo Ame, which literally means Kyoto's candy, is a super adorable candy. They have many flavors, such as matcha, and they all look colorful and beautiful. More surprisingly, these candies are made by hand in a traditional way. Crochet is the most popular shop where you can find many art-like Kyo Ame.
4. Konpeito (金平糖)
Konpeito is a common Japanese confectionery made from sugar. They are tiny and colorful drops that have crunchy texture and elegant sweetness. There is a very famous shop in Kyoto called Ryokujuan Shimizu, which is said to be the birthplace of Konpeito. Enjoy the traditional taste!
5. Monaka (最中)
Monaka is also a common Japanese sweet that consists of a very thin and crispy outside, and fillings (usually sweet red bean paste) inside. Ice cream monaka which has ice cream in it is a popular dessert in Japan too. If you want to buy monaka, Shioyoshiken offer a famous and traditional monaka that is stuffed with red bean paste and chopped chestnuts.
6. Matcha Goods
Kyoto is famous for matcha green tea desserts. There are many places to eat, but you can also buy matcha snacks and bring the taste of Kyoto to your home. You will find a variety of matcha goods like cookies, cakes, chocolate, and more. Pick your favorites!
7. KitKat (Kyoto limited edition)
Japan has many unusual flavors of KitKat like strawberry, pumpkin, sake... and there are also some local KitKat. Kyoto has two special KitKat, Uji matcha (rich matcha produced in a city of Uji, Kyoto) and Hojicha (a kind of Japanese tea). You can buy them at souvenir shops there.
Taste of tradition, taste of Kyoto
Don't forget to buy these great and unique treats from Kyoto!
Also, check out what to eat and which restaurants to go while you are there!