Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

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What’s better than crepes? Honestly, hard to answer, we know…Until you’ve tried what’s at this Japan Street Food Market In Munich.

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

Just steps from the busy Munchner Freiheit transportation hub in Schwabing is a pop-up shop offering creative, mouth-watering treats that aren’t often seen outside the streets of Osaka or Tokyo.

Our Visit To The New Pop-Up

We were happy to find that this unique street food experience is quite convenient to get to, being just a minute or so by foot from the Munchner Freiheit stop. Getting here is really easy, with buses, trams, and metro lines all providing service at this hub.

Entering the location at the corner of Haimhauserstraße on a slightly damp winter day, we were met with a view of the prep counter where staff were meticulously assembling the crepes and their sweet and savoury fillings into eye-catching individual cones.

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

Anyone arriving while a creme bruleé dessert crepe is being dramatically blowtorched as a finishing touch is guaranteed to be drawn further in out of curiosity and visual interest.

A large, handwritten menu with the pop-up’s offerings is front and center on the front of the counter so that customers can in the scene while deciding which of the delights they want to order.

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich
A quick snapshot of (only) half of what they offer

The menu has several classic Japanese flavours on offer for both savoury snacks and desserts, and many, if not all, can be ordered as part of a combo with a hot or cold beverage.

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

On this visit we had a bit of both, ordering the chicken katsu and Japanese sweet potato (semi) savoury crêpe as well as two dessert crêpes: the matcha crêpe, and the creme bruleé.

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

Each was a good-sized portion, and one of any on the menu seems like it would more than satisfy as a snack. In our experience, this is more the case with the dessert crêpes, whose creamy and custardy fillings can be described as decadent in flavour and appearance (especially with the fancy little touch of gold leaf that rests atop the creme bruleé).

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

The chicken katsu crepe, while very authentic in flavour, seemed to only have a small amount of the chicken cutlet in it. This may be because the author had been expecting something comparable to a sandwich when, in fact, the portion is snack-sized. It still felt like it was worth the price.

Lasting Impressions Of Japan Street Food Market

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

The quality of all the ingredients we both tasted and saw at the prep station are top quality, and we know from a conversation with the manager that it’s a point of pride that are authentically Japanese, having been imported with great care from Japan.

Essential New Pop-Up Experience: Japan Street Food Market In Munich

We can’t forget to give our impression of the actual crêpes that surround the fillings, of course! Happily, these crepes were supple, evenly cooked, and ever-so-slightly spongy, without any dryness or overcooking that you sometimes see with crepes as street food.

Japan Street Food Market In Munich Japanese sweet potato

Finally, as you might expect, there’s some very good drinking matcha on offer here (as opposed to just matcha-flavored crêpe filling) and they have a small beverage fridge that includes several Japanese soda brands.

What We Like About Japan Street Food Market

  • There is a very strong tradition of street food in Japan in major cities such as Osaka and Tokyo, and this pop-up is kind of an East-meets-West spin on that.
  • Framed pictures from popular anime and manga decorate the walls around the seating area, adding a little lighthearted character to a space that might otherwise seem plain and unfinished with bare walls.
  • The place was fairly busy when we went on a weekday afternoon, but the space is quite large. So if you don’t mind a wait during peak hours, you will be fine (and not cramped up!)

What We Love About Japan Street Food Market

  • The staff has a practiced assembly-line system for making crepes and they take their time to make sure their products are tasty and photogenic (a must for pop-ups!) and quality and consistency were uniformly high in the crepes we saw served.
  • The decor is furnished by Neo Tokyo, the very well-stocked Japanese pop culture store next door, and one of the businesses behind this pop-up. Check it out after you’ve enjoyed your snacks here!
  • The matcha crepe, especially if you haven’t tried many desserts with its delicious green tea flavours before!

Japan Street Food Market: Must Know Details

Address: Haimhauserstraße 5, 80802 München

Opening Hours:

  • Wednesday-Friday 12:00-18:00
  • Saturday 12:00-19:00
  • Sunday 13:00-17:00

Social Media:

Instagram: @japan.streetfood.market


Other Fun Connections

If this piqued your interest in Japanese food and culture and you’re looking for more of it Munich, you’re in luck! There are plenty of ways you can experience it around town. Here are just a few of the ones we’ve written about:

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