In the corner of a street in Sangenjaya, Tokyo, there’s a bakery whose owners like penguins so much they made them the face of their shop It works well on people like me who’d go all the way there just for these little custard-stuffed penguins.
In Japanese it’s Panya no Panguwan (ぱんやのパングワン), translated from La boulangerie pingouin. Basically, The Bakery Penguin haha. The bakery comes with a cafe too so you can sit inside and have a drink after buying some yummy bread.
This bakery has been around for over a hundred years—amazing, I know—so they have a lot of old school bread that they’ve kept around for a long time. Like these red bean donuts they’ve been making for 80 years
And then there’s the Siberia, a red bean jelly sandwich kind of cake that’s old-fashioned but yummy and very geometrically attractive in my eyes.
There was a big variety of bread including a lot of animal ones! This basket was full of soft kitty paws filled with white chocolate and mochi and jam
And another basket of penguin cookies.
But the main attraction here is the penguin bun. There were three types on the counter that day, including a special series of blueberry penguins with tiny flowers on their head.
They really like penguins. Even in the tiniest corners there were random penguins peeking out from behind the bread.
In the end I got two penguins—the classic custard and a green tea one! They were really popular, because by the time I went to the bakery toward the evening almost all of them were sold out. So I scooped these two up quick
The inside is so soft—mochi wedged between the bread and matcha. And the penguin’s eye is a delicious cookie, so that’s some extra information.
A cute bakery in a cute neighbourhood—Sangenjaya’s just a train down from Shibuya, so this is a good place to go for cute bread in Tokyo!