Jessica McMillan is a Brisbanite, Japanophile and coffee addict. She runs her own website, jessicamaryrose.com and is rarely without her Olympus OM-D EM10.
Published September 19th 2016
Where I can pretend to be a cheap Frenchy
Who loves croissants? Who loves mini croissants? Who loves mini croissants that only cost 40 yen a pop?
Le Croissant Shop Petit, or Le Petit Cro, is a hidden gem on Rokkaku Street in downtown Kyoto, close to LOFT and hotels. Stumbling upon this shop was a godsend when the cravings hit, and the prices certainly are reasonable. It is a common sight to see tourist and local alike to be carrying a bag of mini croissants as an afternoon snack after a day of sightseeing or work.
Le Cro's goods are not restricted to croissants themselves. Salt and butter rolls are piled high in the cabinet, along with other classics like curry bread, melon bread and weiners. Sandwiches with gourmet fillings, pizza breads, croissants layered with ice cream and other sweet sensations are also available for customers. On the second floor a cafe area provides ample seating and temptations like matcha lattes, hot chocolate and royal milk tea are on the menu. Hot coffee is only 260 yen, and that combined with a couple of mini pastries makes the perfect afternoon tea that kills the hungry/angry combo that strikes at around 3pm. Smoothies and juices are on the menu, combos including apple mango, acai and tofu and if you are feeling plain, do not worry too much; orange juice is around.
Le Croissant Shop Petit is on Rokakku Street, close to Kawaramachi. If you can't find the place, follow your nose - or ask the next person you see toting a paper bag.