Gontran Cherrier Tokyo Boulangerie in Shibuya

Fourth-generation baker Gontran Cherrier (BC Salon, 1-14-11 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; www.gontran-cherrier.jp) enjoys a rock-star following among foodies in Paris. After a successful boulangerie opening in Singapore, the first Japan outlet has opened near Shibuya station. Signature selections include a delicately layered artisanal pain au chocolat and pain melon. The baker has a talent for incorporating local ingredients into traditional French recipes—be sure to try the squid-ink or curry baguettes, hearty bread made with red miso, or the yuzu cheesecake. There is a small eat-in area on the first floor and a café on the second.

From Metropolis issue #968 on October 5th.

Having studied bread baking at the French Culinary Institute, I am very particular about my bread. Gontran Cherrier is very creative with using local ingredients and I am particularly fond of this squid ink baguette. The red miso is also a hearty, dense bread that I like for sandwiches. Do make a point of visiting his shop if you are in Shibuya.

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Updated on 21 June 2013:

Gontran Cherrier recently opened his third Tokyo location at Shinjuku Station’s Minami Guchi (South Exit) at the Southern Terrace. Long lines to be expected the first few weeks as the Japanese love going to newest shops. Best news, is that the bakery opens at a proper French time, first thing in the morning, at 7:30 a.m.

Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-2-1, Shinjuku Southern Terrace

03-5302-2282

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2 thoughts on “Gontran Cherrier Tokyo Boulangerie in Shibuya

  1. Sakamoto-San, thanks so much for this recommendation. I went here my first full morning in Tokyo last week and it blew me away! It was so good that I am taking some friends back there this morning.

  2. Arigato. Glad you love it. He’s got some great breads. I love the red miso for making sandwiches at home, it’s quite dense and rich. And, who can resist the squid ink baguette? Some of the pastries are amazing as well, including his very rustic croissant and pain au chocolat.

    Did you go to the cafe upstairs? I am usually on the run in Shibuya so the seating area on the first floor next to the boulangerie is perfect for a quick bite.

    Cheers,
    Yukari

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