Short version for those who don’t want to read
Store: Moomin Bakery and Cafe
Location: Tokyo Dome City, accessed through the JR Chuo Sobu Line stopping at Suidobashi station
Go if: You like cute things, want to relax, and have tasty drinks and pasties
Don’t go if: You can’t stand cute things, a kiddy genre store, or if you don’t eat pastries
Cost: Cheap, for Japan. Most bread seemed to range from 100yen – 300yen, with the expensive ones being the cream filled breads. Portions were generous.
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Moomin Bakery and Cafe is a cafe based off a children’s book from Finland about a family of white hippos. According to Wikipedia, there was a Moomin Boom in the 1990s when an animation series based on Moomin was started in Japan. I’m glad that boom happened because without it this awesome cafe wouldn’t exist.
The cafe is located in Tokyo Dome City which is where the famous Japanese baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants, play their games. Tokyo Dome City is almost like a shopping mall/amusement park with many things to do other than watch the Giants play baseball. The easiest way to get there is to take the “JR Chuo Sobu” Line to “Suidobashi.”
The first time I ran across Moomin Bakery and Cafe was during a hot August summer day in 2008 when I took a trip to Japan by myself. I spent the day in Tokyo Dome City and needed a place to cool down. I saw an ad for this amazing looking mango smoothie so I went inside and ordered one. I also thought the drawing on the table was cool, so I took a picture of it even though I didn’t what it was.
Fast forward to my honeymoon in August 2013. My wife and I stayed in a hotel right down the street from Tokyo Dome City, and she was familiar with Moomin so we checked it out.
Inside the cafe, you get to sit with different characters from the book. We sat with Moomin Papa. The ambiance in the restaurant is great. They have a very easy going soundtrack playing that I assume is from the tv show. It was a nice place to sit, cool down, and just take a break from all the hustle and noise of big city Tokyo.
In the cafe, there are a variety of items you can order from snacks, to real meals. We stuck with snacks. Also, if you eat in, occasionally they leave out free black and wheat bread in the back for anyone.
- The bread on the top of this photo was some type of almond pastry. It was probably the most delicious pastry out of all the breads we tried. It was slightly sweet with a crumbly texture.
- The bread on the upper right was a “curry pan” or break with Japanese curry filling. Definitely great if you love the flavor of Japanese curry and need something salty to balance out sweets.
- The black bread in themiddle with Moomin’s face on it is a chocolate bread. It wasn’t too sweet, but it was chocolaty enough. FYI Sweets in Japan tend to have as much sugar as desserts in America.
- The horse shoe looking break tasted like a standard bread with a tad bit of a salty flavor. It was okay.
We also bought some iced drinks. I got the regular latte, and my wife got the green tea. Unfortunately I didn’t know that I had to put sugar in my latter so it was extremely bitter. The green tea latte was already sweet and awesome without adding anything, so the 2nd time we went I got a green tea latte for myself.
The last thing we got were their cream filled breads. They keep them in a refrigerated section and have different types of fillings. I bought a chocolate filled and mango filled and they were both ridiculously delicious.
And of course, we couldn’t leave without taking a friend with us. They have a small retail section in the store where you can buy assorted Moomin plushies. Japan is the land of cute after all.
So yes, if you need a place to stop by, cool down, and grab a quick snack, stop by Moomin Bakery and Cafe in Tokyo Dome City. Grab some delicious bread and drinks, and if you get the cafe latte don’t forget to add sugar.
If you can read Japanese, check out their menu here