Savor retro puddings, tasty desserts, loaded toasts, and more at Junkissa Panesu in Harajuku, Shibuya Ward
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If you're seeking a cute spot to have a light meal or a sweet pick-me-up in the trendy Omotesando / Harajuku area of Shibuya Ward, look no further than 旬゛喫茶パンエス Junkissa Panesu.
Conveniently situated only two minutes away from the Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines, Junkissa Panesu reinterprets nostalgic Japanese 純喫茶 junkissa (lit. "classic coffee shop") cafe fare with a cute and contemporary twist. The change in the first kanji from 純 jun, meaning "pure" or "classic" to 旬 shun, meaning "in season" or "trendy," symbolizes their approach. Junkissa Panesu is one of several cafes and restaurants operated by Espresso, Bread &, who also make a super-soft and buttery bread called ムー Mu.
Whether it's their lineup of tasty sandwiches, their sweet and savory loaded Mu Toasts with incredibly thick slices, nostalgic kissaten cafe desserts, muffles (waffles made with muffin mix), or coffees, teas and juices, you're sure to enjoy the great food and cute decor.
Let's take a closer look at what's available on the menu:
Lunch is served from 11 AM to 2 PM.
This toast is made with Keema curry and topped with a raw egg. (Eggs are safe to eat raw in Japan).
たまご Scrambled Eggs
*Naporitan spaghetti is a staple of 洋食 yōshoku (Japan-influenced Western cuisine) made with ketchup instead of tomato sauce, bacon, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
Mu Toasts cost 950 JPY a la carte or 1,300 JPY in a set with coffee, tea, espresso, orange juice, or tomato juice, 1,400 JPY for cappuccino, cafe late or lemonade, and 1,500 JPY for cafe mocha or cafe caramel.
厚焼き玉子サンド Atsuyaki Omelet Sandwich
Listed in English as "Thick Roasted Egg Sandwich" on the menu, this sandwich features Atsuyaki, a type of thick rolled omelet very popular in bento lunches as well as sandwiches.
サバサンド Blue Mackerel Sandwich
Listed in English as "Saba Sandwich," Saba (サバ、鯖) is Japanese for blue mackerel.
エビとツナサンド Shrimp and Tuna Sandwich
りんごとジンジャーチキン Apples and Ginger Chicken
All savory sandwiches cost 550 JPY a la carte or 1,000 JPY in a set with coffee, tea, espresso, orange juice, or tomato juice, 1,100 JPY for cappuccino, cafe late or lemonade, and 1,200 JPY for cafe mocha or cafe caramel.
Desserts are served from 1 PM to 6 PM, with the last order at 5:30 PM.
プリンアラモード Pudding a la mode (1,200 JPY)
プリンパフェ Pudding Parfait (800 JPY)
プリン Pudding (500 JPY)
ショコラパフェ Chocolate Parfait (950 JPY)
フルーツサンド Fruit Sandwich
Fruit sandwiches feature seasonal fruit, so you may find different selections depending on when you visit. The example above featured mandarin oranges and two types of grapes and cost 680 JPY. Ask your waiter about the current version when you visit.
Other desserts and drinks are also available.
For example, this is the オレグラセ (Café) au Lait Glacé, which costs 650 JPY.
In addition to seats inside the building, you can also enjoy the terrace seating composed of colorful pink, green and blue units designed to resemble tiny houses. For special events, they can be moved and all lined up together.
How to get there
If you're traveling on the Tokyo Metro, get off at the Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Station. Here's how to get to Junkissa Panessu from the station.
Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Sta. Exit 7
This station is on Meiji-dori (明治通り) avenue. When you reach the top of the stairs, you'll see the popular ramen chain Ichiran Ramen on the other side of the street.
You'll also see the Anchor used clothing store and a Vans store.
Keep walking on Meiji Dori avenue in the direction of Shibuya, on the same side as the station, passing Pop Mart along the way.
You'll know you're almost there when you pass the Mamo Kebab Cafe and the Dr. Martens store:
The Miyazaki Bldg. where Junkissa Panesu is situated
Junkissa Panesu in the Miyazaki Bldg., easily recognizable from the huge JAM sign for the JAM used clothing store and Teddy's Burgers on the second floor. Beyond the Miyazaki Bldg. is the Q Plaza building.
To access the cafe, enter the building on the first floor and go through the open corridor leading into the interior alcove. Junkissa Panesu will be on the right at the end of the corridor.
Look for the sign!
Strawberry sandwiches using Ichigosan strawberries
For six weeks from February 1st to March 15th, 2023, customers at Junkissa Panesu will be able to order a special fruit sandwich featuring succulent and fragrant Ichigosan strawberries from Saga Prefecture. The offer is made possible through a special campaign called Ichigosando, in which menu items featuring the strawberry are provided at several cafes in the Omotesando and Harajuku area.
Their limited-time 佐賀県産”いちごさん” パンエスのいちごさんど (Saga Prefecture Ichigosan Panesu strawberry sandwich) uses Bread, Espresso &'s original shokupan bread, a rich filling of mascarpone cream and, of course, plump Ichigosan strawberries. It will set you back 880 JPY and can also be ordered for takeout. See the photo here at Ichigosando's official website.
LoveLive! Superstar!! pilgrimage spot
If you're into anime and are a fan of LoveLive! Superstar!! which is mainly set in the Harajuku neighborhood, you can take a photo in the same green window as Sumire Heanna did. Junkissa Panesu briefly appears in the ending credits of Season 2 from Episode 2 at 1:04 in the limited-time video on the LoveLive! series' official channel (available at the time of writing).
You can take the photo if you sit in the green unit in the terrace seating. Here's what it looks like from the inside, together with Junkissa Panessu's homemade lemonade: