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Benkyodo Co.

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Established in 1906, Benkyodo is one of San Francisco's favorite sweet shops. Try their delicious Mochis (soft, sweet rice cakes) or their Manjus (mochi with bean paste filling). Both Mochis and Manjus are served in a number of flavors all of which can be seen on their website. They also feature a luncheonette that is a favorite among Japanese food lovers. If you want a real taste of Japanese deserts this is definitely the place to go. If the Mochis don't reveal this the lines of Japanese tourists waiting to get some will. 

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1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA, 94115, United States

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Tue8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wed8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thu8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fri8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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a year ago

super soft mochi I love rice cakes from all cultures. The Japanese version is very different from the American version. It is made of rice flour dough that is very chewy and there's a hidden treat in the center of it that usually contains some kind of sweet paste (red bean is my favorite). The mochi is super fresh and soft here, I could pop 10 of them in my mouth one after another if my friends don't stop me. They are about the size of a half dollar. The workers are very friendly and welcoming, it's an enjoyable experience. 

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a year ago

Mochi!! I would definitely make a trip to Japantown just for this bakery's heavenly hand-made mochi. Their strawberry mochi is my favorite - light, not super sweet, but just sweet enough. The staff here is friendly and charming, but their presentation is lacking a bit. Don't let it fool you - the food here is wonderful. PROS: Fabulous mochi! CONS: 

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a year ago

THE Japanese Pastry Shop Being a Bay Area native, there are a few businesses that I can recall having known my whole life. Benkyodo is one, however. Located on the corner within Japantown, this little pastry shop (which also has a counter for coffee shop-like items) offers a wonderful selection of mostly bean paste-filled (An) Japanese pastries called manju as well as rice crackers, Japanese candies and other sweets. Benkyodo manju are pretty to look at, great with Japanese tea and delicious when well-made as they are here. 

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Maria Saguisag-Sid 
recommend  Recommended
3 years ago

Love their mochi. The quality and consistency is so good after all these years. 

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Jamie Ellis 
recommend  Recommended
3 years ago

One of my favorite places in San Francisco. 

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Paul Gamba 
recommend  Recommended
4 years ago

Excellent mochi!! The fresh seasonal fruit mochi are amazing!! 

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Pat Cunningham 
5 years ago

Grateful they are still here. Fresh mochi/manju. And, I love the fact that they have small counter service for those in the neighborhood. A gem. 

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Daniel Y. Chiu 
6 years ago
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Jim Burke 
6 years ago

Great counter crew - quick and friendly service. Excellent food. 

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Benkyodo Co. has a 4.7 star rating with 416 reviews. 

When is Benkyodo Co. open?

Benkyodo Co. is open now. It will close at 5:00 p.m.