Le Pain Quotidien Bakery
His desire to re-create rustic bread from his childhood inspired founder Alain Coumont’s to bring his philosophy of high-quality, ordinary bread to the tables of people worldwide. Founded in Belgium in 1990, Le Pain Quotidien now has over 200 locations around the world, including three in Tokyo, serving some (at least in Japan) hard-to-find bread-types such as Walnut or Rye Sourdough. Made from organic stone-ground flour and sold as big or mini loafs, Le Pain Quotidien makes our bread-loving hearts beat faster.
Even though slightly on the pricier side, we found that occasionaly some of the bread sold at Le Pain Quotidien is already slightly hard and stale (not uncommong for bakeries in Japan), so be sure to double check this before digging in. If you manage to get your hands on a fresh batch however, you can be sure to get some of the best sourdough bread in town.
Insider’s Tip: When buying big loafs of bread, ask for them to be sliced by the staff, which is quite usefully if you want to freeze your bread at home and heat it up again in the toaster.
Our recommended breads:
Walnut Sourdough Bread Mini ￥480
Rye Sourdough Bread ￥310
5-Grain Bread Mini ￥638
Images via Le Pain Quotidien
LocationsTokyo Midtown Store
︎9-7-3, Tokyo Midtown West Plaza 1F, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
︎B2F Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs, 2-21-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
︎1F Tokyo Opera City Tower, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo