Koe Donuts Brings Ethical, Artisnal Donuts to Kyoto

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the new Koe Donuts in Kyoto that opened in March 2019

Donuts are having a moment in Japan right now. In a land that’s been dominated by Mister Donuts for as long as I can remember, the country is suddenly seeing a numerous artisnal donut shops, both domestic and from abroad, pop up in major cities. The most recent is Koe Donuts, which opened in Kyoto in March.

Koe Donuts is located right by Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu-kyoto Line. And with an emphasis on organic, natural and local, you’ll find a scrumptious line-up of donuts that are decadent but also brimming with the original flavors of their simple ingredients: flour, milk, eggs, sugar and of course cooking oil. The milk and eggs are sourced locally and the flour is made in-house each morning in their “powder factory” which can be observed through the glass-separated open kitchen.

And with an emphasis on design, the shop brings together the architectural talents of Kengo Kuma, the artistic direction of Shun Kawakami and the illustration work of Yu Nagaba. For the interior, Kengo Kumo sourced local bamboo to create over 550 traditional bamboo-woven baskets that create a warm dome within the space and balance the minimal concrete walls.

Koe Donuts is open daily from 8AM – 10PM. Here’s the exact location in Google Maps.

one of their signature pieces is the donut melt (850 yen)

Operated by Stripe International, Koe Donuts is the latest venture under the Koe brand, which includes the Koe Hotel that opened last year in Tokyo. Meaning “voice” in Japanese, the Koe brand is meant to create a link between Japanese culture – fashion, urban design and food – and project that voice into the world in various forms.

a selection of regular donuts that range from 200 – 350 yen

1 Comment

  1. Barbara Wells

    May 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Donuts are also making a BIG comeback in Meridian, Mississippi, USA! Shipley Donuts is the shop we frequented Sunday mornings when I was a child. They are still in operation all over the state. Now, in my 60’s we have seen three shops open in this town of 30,000, two died, and now two new ones are opening one block apart! We can’t wait! Donut holes are my favorite To Go FOR!
    I will send them a copy of this article. Love the baskets on the ceiling!

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