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Elegant cafe with very limited seated...and limited means they have 3 tables in a window area and about 8 seats at a bar and that's it. It can be confusing when you go in...you order your cakes and then head upstairs for drink orders, but...More
Gion Sakai has the most beautiful cakes and deserts you will ever see. The Japanese inspired pastry on display looks like you entered a jewelry shop. The seating section upstairs makes for a beautiful and calm place in the middle of the busy Gion quarter....More
Such a beautiful boutique dessert store and cafe in heart of Gion. It's a Japanese-French fusion of delicate pastry, cream and chocolate. Cafe was full but looked wonderful. So bought lovely eclairs, pound cake with seasonal fruit, cheesecake and chocolates with different fillings. Each piece...More
Gion Sakai is a patisserie in Gion, specializing in Japanese sweets with a Western influence. The pretty shop has a wonderful display of desserts which will bring difficult choices! The works of art are also reasonably priced. The patisserie has an upstairs cafe for the...More
Intimidating to walk in since shop is so pristine and beautiful. But don't let that stop you. It isn't as expensive as it looks. The desserts are almost works of art. Yum.
Date of experience: April 2016
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.