review no31 hugo&leo french bakery


The headline of this piece should really be: Persian breakfasts made possible for Kiwi girl by French baker in rural Japan.

One of Japan’s biggest problems is its lack of brown bread. I’m serious. It’s devastating. That artificial crap (sorry, but it really is) sold at the supermarket must die! This is where Hugo&Leo, the loveliest french bakery (with a legit french baker + yogi!) comes to the rescue. Situated in the serene Nishiawakura Village of Okayama, their delicious bread has been my saviour. So what makes Hugo&Leo so special? Well, apart from the most welcoming owners, their ingredients are simple, locally sourced and where possible, organic. Their tasty menu boasts a variety of breads including wholemeal fig and walnut, rye, walnut and prune and millet corn bread. Are you salivating yet? I’m day dreaming about fig and goat cheese bruschettas to be honest. Anyways… in addition to good bread (and by good I mean spectacular), sweet treats such as croissants, muffins and cakes are also on offer. And if all that ain’t enough to lure you in, be sure to try their vegetarian quiches and pizzettes.

Hugo&Leo operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-5pm but try to drop by early as they’re super popular! I’m hella lucky that their place is a mere 10 minutes away but if you have to travel a long while to get there, trust me, it’ll  be worth it. Dine in or out (the view is just gorgeous) and make a day of it! X

For more info head to their super informative website here.


  1. Fresh brown bread is super common in Norway (artificial junk isn’t so common here). All the breads are fresh daily from a bakery. It’s something I take for granted here. It’s harder to get flat bread though- I end up making that myself. Sometimes it’s just healthier too. :)

    PS: The prune bread sounds good!

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    1. Hello! Glad you like the blog! You’re lucky that brown bread is common in Norway! Despite what you hear about the Japanese diet… healthy foods are scarce here/non existent! Or super super expensive!

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  2. Enjoying your blog a lot (I’m a very old ex-JET who lives down in Tamano-shi, btw). This place (Nokishita Toshokan) where the bakery is has been getting a lot of press lately in local magazines…I’m dying to visit sometime! Those custard creme brioches with currant berries look amazing.

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    1. Hi Andrea! I’m glad you’re enjoying reading my blog. Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads it at all! Yes you must visit it’s a great bakery! Also, there’s a nice cafe/onsen near by called Motoyu.


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