Malebranche (マールブランシュ) is a famous Japanese Western-style confectionery shop in Kyoto. Malebranche was originally built in 1982. The main store is on Kitayama Street, in the north part of Kyoto.
The name ‘Malebranche’ comes from Nikolas Malebranche, a well-known French philosopher from the 17th century. In general, this shop is best known for its delicious Mont Blanc cake.
Malebranche Products with many of which are various kinds of baked confectionery, such as:
- Cha no Ka Langue de Chat Cookie
Cha no ka is a type of langue de chat style cookie in which strong green tea is used. It is made by a Malebranche team that takes great care when selecting tea leaves used in the manufacturing process. They call the method ‘Kyoto Quality’, and they use carefully selected tea from the Uji region of south Kyoto, famous for its green tea. First, its producers grow the tea leaves, and the Malebranche team goes straight to the farmers to buy the best tea. Second, to make strong matcha (powdered green tea) from the tea leaves they selected. When making matcha, much depends on the weather and a number of other conditions. They have found special method for that. Third, they strive to make Cha no ka with a clearness of color, a depth of taste and a great flavor combining matcha and white chocolate with a sincere heart and refined method. Finally, they wrap each individual cookie immediately to keep freshness and special design. Only then is the Cha no ka ready to be sold to customers.
2. Green Tea Confectionaries
Malebranche specializes in using green tea to make many of their products. These products are kept cold, like Fondant Chocolat and chocolate cake, as it is perishable. Therefore, it must be eaten soon after buying it. Malebranche staff visits tea plantations on a regular basis to select and purchase tea leaves for their products. This product is made with a lot of dark tea from Uji, a famous tea-growing region in the south part of Kyoto. It is also popular product.
3. Mont Blanc Baked Confectioneries
This product’s name is Malon de Male. These confectionaries have the flavor of chestnut and the smell of rum. Mont Blanc has a strong image of being a cake, but these are in fact baked confectionaries, which are original creations of Malebranche.
4. Mont Blanc Baked Cakes
This kind of baked and confectioneries can only be purchased at the main Malebranche shop on Kitayama Street. It recommended as a gift or souvenir.
5. Kyoto-style Sable Cookies
Malebranche also makes and sells Kyoto-style sable cookies in five different varieties: milk chocolate and matcha, plain sugar, strawberry and white chocolate, chestnut and milk chocolate (autumn season only), and pumpkin and white chocolate (autumn season only). We can enjoy choosing and tasting these many flavors. They express the season of Kyoto with important smells and flavor. Malebranche delivers season-by-season the face of Kyoto.
6. Ryo Cha no Ka
This is the summer version of Cha no Ka. The original Cha no Ka is made with chocolate, which too easily melts in the summer heat, so Ryo Cha no Ka has chocolate blended into other ingredients and baked until it becomes crispy. It will not melt, so it is perfect for the hot summer months.
Additional on season will have products from each season during year rounds such as:
1. In the autumn
Malebranche uses chestnuts and sweet potatoes to make some unique fall confections. Chestnut and sweet potato are mixed with butter, which creates a very smooth cake in which you can taste most of the original taste of the ingredients.
2 In Christmas Period
At Christmas time, you can buy Jingle Bells Chocolate at Malebranche. It is a caramel chocolate cake. It made of chocolate-flavored sponge cake with caramel cream and chocolate chips, and there are strawberries, caramel cream, and chocolate on the top of the cake. This cake is made for both kids and adults, so it is good for a family.
Another Christmas products from Malebranche is the Hex House. It a little house made of six kinds of sweets. Its contents are the matcha fir tree tart, the crescent moon mango shortcake, the strawberry tart, the Buche de Noel, the snowman cheese tart, and the witch hat chocolate tart.
There are many other beautiful and delicious products to purchase at Christmas time. However, the numbers are limited, so you should act quickly to reserve your own from the Malebranche website.
Malebranche products are perfect as representative souvenirs of Kyoto or Japan. All these products are made with great care and are delicious. Not only does the store have high quality sweets that taste great, but also has product events that provide visual pleasure to customers. There are over 20 store branches in places other than Kyoto. Source of Details by thekyotoproject
Chanoka snacks use the rich green tea as the original here. Concentrated tea has a distinct aroma. Stuffed with white chocolate. The sweetness and the slightly bitter matcha cookie. As well The taste of the white chocolate is similar to the cookies filled with white chocolate which are Hokkaido’s famous souvenirs. The difference is that Kyoto is a matcha flavored cookie. Eaten with tea or coffee is also very delicious.
I recommend to buy one of them for taste the original of Japanese style foods. Also, when you try on must have some tea then the bakery will be best test. Because it’s sweet.
1. Store name: MALEBRANCHE Kyoto Isetan Branch B1
Address: JR Kyoto Isetan B1Fl., Higashishiokojicho, Karasuma Rd., Shimokyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
How to get there:
- The main shop is located on near Kitayama Station on the Karasuma subway line. It is across from the north entrance to the Kyoto Botanical Gardens.
- JR Kyoto Station is a 2-minute walk.