Sumikko Gurashido: New San-X Character Cafe-Store In Kyoto With Soft Serve, Pastries & BBT

Sumikko Gurashido: New San-X Character Cafe-Store In Kyoto With Soft Serve, Pastries & BBT

Lifestyle Travel
By Rachel on 19 Sep 2020
Senior Digital Editor

Japan trumps all when it comes to character-themed establishments; They’ve got everything from a Sanrio hotel with 66 different room designs, to a Beauty and the Beast cafe, and even a Sailor Moon apartment-hotel.

Fans of San-X and its cute, quirky characters can now look forward to visiting Sumikko Gurashido, a character-themed cafe-store in Kyoto, Japan that serves soft serve, pastries, bubble tea and other snacks. It’s permanent too, so there’s no need to feel the FOMO even if you’re not travelling this year.

Read on to find out more about the Sumikko Gurashi cafe-store in Kyoto, Japan!

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

Sumikko Gurashido has 2 outlets, both in Kyoto. The first one which opened in March 2020 is near Ginkakuji, while the newer one located in Kiyomizu will be open in October 2020.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

Both outlets have wooden decor to match the surrounding traditional shophouses in the area, but of course with a modern touch of cute.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

The original Ginkakuji outlet has a cherry blossom theme, while the new Kiyomizu one will be cleaner and more minimalist, with green as its main colour scheme.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

- Food and drinks at Sumikko Gurashido in Kyoto Japan -

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

 

Sumikko Gurashido has a good selection of reasonably-priced sweet treats such as character-themed Soft Cream (JPY500, ~S$6.48) and Sumikko Gurashi Yaki (from JPY300, ~S$3.89 for 6pcs), a soft, fluffy pastry of sorts with your choice of custard or chocolate filling.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

You can also get Sumikko Gurashi Yaki sets (JPY1000, ~S$12.97) that come with reusable cups and coasters which you can keep as souvenirs.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

Munchies aside, there are also refreshing Tapioca Drinks (JPY500, ~S$6.48), which we know better as bubble tea.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

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Go a step further and cutesify your bubble tea and snack cups with a special Sumikko Gurashi Plush Toy Cup Holder (JPY1300, ~S$16.86) with either a Shirokuma or Penguin design.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

These will definitely help you save on plastic bags for your future bubble tea purchases - adorable and eco-friendly!

- Merchandise and souvenirs at Sumikko Gurashido in Kyoto Japan - 

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

 

Aside from the freshly made snacks and drinks you can consume on the spot, Sumikko Gurashido has a range of edible souvenirs that you can bring home for your loved ones. This includes cookies and daifuku printed with images of the characters.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

You’ll also be able to find sweets that are native to Kyoto, such as yatsuhashi, a traditional triangular variation of mochi that comes with flavoured skin and fillings like cinnamon, red bean, and matcha.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

As Kyoto is well-known for their tea, you can also expect plenty of tea tins being sold there too - all with Sumikko Gurashi packaging of course!

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

Complete the “teahouse at home” experience with drinkware and dinnerware bearing the images of these endearingly rotund San-X characters.

Sumikko Gurashi do cafe store Kyoto Japan
Photo from @sumikkogurashido via Instagram

Sumikko Gurashido Ginkakuji
📍 Address: 〒606-8402 京都府京都市左京区銀閣寺前町15-7 075-752-5686
📍 Address in English: 15-7 Ginkakujimaecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402 075-752-5686

Sumikko Gurashido Kiyomizu
📍 Address: 〒605-0862 京都府京都市東山区清水2丁目218−5
📍 Address in English: 2-218-5 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Opening hours (both outlets): Daily, 9.30AM to 5.30PM
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