{Japan: Eat} Pastry Snaffle’s @ the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses, Hakodate

pastry snaffles big sign

In a Nutshell:

  • Where: Pastry Snaffle’s, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses, Hakodate, Hokkaido
  • When: October 8, 2013
  • *Notes: Website (Japanese), famous for their bite-sized cheesecakes

Full Report:

If our 2012 Japan trip was all about the bentos, then our 2013 trip was all about the sweets!  Japan is renowned for their delicious pastries and baked treats, with different cities specializing in certain ones.  For Hakodate, I had heard that the cheesecake at Pastry Snaffle’s was the BEST in Japan.  Even before we started to make our way over to the famous Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses where the main store is, I saw it advertised on a tram.  It was almost like it was saying, “Hop on and I will take you to Pastry Snaffle’s!”

Pastry Snaffles tram 2

Pastry Snaffles on tram

But since it was still fairly early in the day and we hadn’t yet had lunch, I thought it best to wait until later to indulge in cheesecake.  I definitely was tempted though!

After seeing Fort Goryokaku and Goryokaku Tower and eating at Lucky Pierrot for lunch, M and I grabbed a tram (which was not decorated Pastry Snaffle’s style) and took it down to where the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses are located.  Over 100 years ago, these buildings were actually used as warehouses, but now they house a number of stores.  Located along Hakodate’s Port, the whole area felt very open with great views of the waters.

kanemori warehouses sign

brick warehouses

kanemori warehouses 2

kanemori warehouses 3

At this point in the trip, we were already loaded down with so many souvenirs and omiyage that I had to remind M that we were mainly here to eat at Pastry Snaffle’s.  In other words, NO SHOPPING!  But I soon found myself eating my words as the stores contained some of the cutest knickknacks I had ever seen.  In particular was a huge, two-story place selling music boxes.  I think I spent an hour in that store alone.  My fingers were getting cramped from all the music boxes I kept winding up!  Finally, M forced me to the pick the one I liked the most and after purchasing it, took me away by the hand.

As it turns out, Pastry Snaffle’s was located at the far end from where we had first started in the warehouses.  So by the time we got there, we were definitely ready for some coffee and sweets!  I pressed my face up to the display case and even though there were some nice looking cakes, my eyes were glued to the little cheesecakes in the bottom right corner.

pastry snaffles storefront

pastry snaffles cakes


I’m not quite sure how I was able to control myself, but I only ordered one of their original style cheesecakes.  I REALLY wanted the chocolate one too but I wasn’t sure what other tasty foods we might come across later in the day.  So I felt it was wise to keep my stomach options open just in case.  M is a sucker for strawberry cake so he got a slice of that.  After paying for our cakes and drinks, we took our seats in the cafe area.  I carefully peeled the wrapping off of my little cheesecake and hoped that all the talk about its greatness wasn’t just hype.  I took a bite and……

OH MY GOSH, it was the best cheesecake of my life!  Unlike American cheesecakes which are really heavy and dense, Pastry Snaffle’s was light and fluffy.  A couple more bites and it was all gone.  Even though it was teeny tiny, it was still satisfying which, for me, is the mark of a good pastry.  I didn’t even feel the need to steal a part of M’s strawberry cake which he said was very good.  As we were leaving, a huge group of Chinese tourists descended upon the store and grabbed up all of the remaining cheesecakes.  Good thing we’d gotten there when we did!

pastry snaffles cafe

strawberry cake and cheesecake

pastry snaffle cheesecake


pastry snaffles cup

pastry snaffles strawberry cake close up