The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is famous for its beautiful white plaster walled townscape.
Kurashiki Momoko is located right after crossing Nakabashi Bridge, which spans Kurashiki River.
It’s a shop where you can enjoy sweets made using an abundance of seasonal fruit at a reasonable price. In the showcase at the back of the first floor you can find sweets such as tarts, etc. lined up.
Kurashiki Momoko’s most popular delight is their parfaits made using seasonal fruit.
When we visited to research this article in early March, the most popular one was the Strawberry Parfait, so that’s what we ordered.
The fresh strawberries of the season were arranged luxuriously in the dish, and the milk gelato in the center was really rich and delicious.
In addition to this, the café serves a variety of 5-7 different parfaits such as the Momoko Parfait made with Okayama prefecture grown Kiyomizu white peaches and the Chocolate-banana Parfait. The menu changes according to season, which just makes you want to visit time and again.
Making great use of the 150-year-old traditional Japanese house in which it’s situated, the café area on the second floor where we had our parfaits has a calm, relaxing ambience.
A particularly special feature of the café that should be mentioned is that some works by glass artist Émile Gallé, a prominent figure of the French Art Nouveau movement, are on display.
After filling our stomachs, we head back to the first floor.
In the sales corner there is a variety of jellies, gelées, puddings, jams and other products made using Okayama grown fruit, which will surely make family and friends happy as souvenirs and gifts.
At Kurashiki Momoko you can enjoy the views of the Bikan Historical Quarter, as well as Gallés works and seasonal fruit all at once. How about a visit to satisfy both your mind and stomach?
Kurashiki Momoko, Kurashiki Main Store
Address: 4-1 Honmachi, Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture
Open: Monday – Saturday 10.00-18.00 (From December thru February until 17.00)
Sundays & Holidays 9.30-17.30 (From December thru February until 17.00)
(Last orders taken 15 minutes before closing time)
Closed: Open all year
URL: http://kurashikimomoko.jp/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder photo-writer: Yumi Kobayashi
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring. http://www.rainbowsake.com
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