Jakarta: Sakura Anpan


The texture of the cheese bread was a tad rugged, which brought to mind the bread that I used to consume during my younger days.

Eagle-eyed frequent visitors to Jalan Sabang should have noticed Sakura Anpan bakery at some point of their sojourn. Housed in one of the very old shoplots in the area that has yet to be given a revamp, its banner declares that it’s a modern bakery. Yet once inside, you won’t find a red velvet cake or any of those contemporary gateaus. Instead, what you’ll get are old-school snacks and desserts that will delight your sweet tooth.

First opened in 1982, I vaguely recall once visiting this joint as a kid, and from what I can remember, its interior has not changed even one bit. The shelves were next to bare when I got there, although the remaining cakes on display still managed to whet my appetite. I had a look around while trying my darnedest to control my urge to snap up everything. After much deliberation, I went for the cheese bread, fruit tart, eclair, and chocolate tart.

If I had to choose which out of the four bowled my taste buds over the most, I would say the cheese bread and fruit tart. The texture of the cheese bread was a tad rugged, which brought to mind the bread that I used to consume during my younger days. The fruit tart, on the other hand, was topped with oranges and was small enough to devour in one bit. It was strong in flavour and had a soft crust, while the orange gave it an extra zest.

For the purpose of this piece, I tried to extract more information on the bakery from the staff, but to no avail. As I was settling my bill, an old lady entered the establishment along with a young boy. As luck would have it, she turned out to be the owner of Anpan Sakura. While she did give me some details about the bakery, time wasn’t on my side as both herself and I had to go. It’s okay, though – I’ll definitely be coming back here for another serving of its fruit tart and, hopefully, a little more time to chat with Anpan Sakura’s big kahuna again.

Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 25-25A,
Central Jakarta
T: 021 314 4253
Open daily 5.30am to 8.30pm
Rp.2,500/US$0.20 for a fruit tart and Rp.8,000/US$0.60 for one piece of cake


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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