Bel Amer is the Kyoto outpost of a famed Tokyo chocolatier. They sell distinctive sweets with Kyoto themes, flavors and packaging.
Bel Amer exterior – image © Chris Rowthorn
If you’re looking for a lightweight and memorable souvenir or gift for the folks back home, you should definitely check out the Bel Amer store on Sanjo (downtown) or the branch in front of Ginkaku-ji Temple.
Chocolate on display – image © Chris Rowthorn
Several of the chocolates are molded in the shape of famous Kyoto scenes like geisha, Ginkaku-ji or Togetsu-kyo Bridge in Arashiyama
Chocolate up close – image © Chris Rowthorn
The chocolates and pastries they sell are all packaged with traditional Kyoto materials like washi (traditional paper) and they’re visually stunning.
Chocolate wrapper – image © Chris Rowthorn
The stores are filled with all manner of tempting treats and the helpful ladies on staff are happy to make suggestions and package your purchases beautifully.
Bel Amer interior – image © Chris Rowthorn
All in all, this is a brilliant place to buy some wonderful and memorable Kyoto treats!
Name in English:
Chocolat Bel Amer Kyoto-Bettei Sanjo Store
Name in Japanese:
ショコラ ベルアメール 京都別邸 三条店
66 Masuya-cho, Sanjo-dori-Sakaimachi-higashiiru, Nakagyo-ku
10am-8pm Sanjo store
10am-5:30pm Ginkaku-ji Store
Price: cheap to moderate
Non-smoking area: completely non-smoking
5min walk from Karasuma Oike Station Exit 5, Karasuma and Tozai subway lines
Official site (Japanese)
Near To Here:
Chocolat Bel Amer Kyoto-Bettei Sanjo Store is located in Kyoto’s Downtown district. See our complete list of things to do in Downtown Kyoto, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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