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A vegan bakery delight!

I love finding new and unique foods and today is no exception! Join me in my quest to find my flavor matching appetite in Ovgo's vegan bakery.

Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

Published on 16 Sep, 12:00

Vegan foods feel few and far in between, but off the Hibiya Line lies a tucked-away American vegan bakery ready for a visit. Today, our story starts on a quiet commuter train line named the Hibiya Line.

Location

10-8 Nihonbashikodenmacho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0001

〒103-0001 東京都中央区日本橋小伝馬町10−8

The Hibiya Line is one of my favorite train lines in the Tokyo area as it is a well-kept secret for work commuters and locals alike. Of all the busiest train lines, the Hibiya Line can easily travel between Akihabara, Ueno, Naka-Meguro, and Tsukiji easily and freely making it one of the most convenient forms of beating the traffic during rush hour.

The Hibiya Line is secret commuter line
The Hibiya Line is secret commuter line
Where do you want to visit?
Where do you want to visit?

Today's stop on the Hibiya Line is Kodemmacho station, then located less than a minute away is Ovgo Bakery.

A quiet station perfect for an American bake shop
A quiet station perfect for an American bake shop

Ovgo B.A.K.E.R Edo St.

A large glass window storefront catches your eyes walking down the quaint Japanese business avenue. The window seems to mimic a giant blue-bordered picture frame allowing an audience to dive into the scene. Printed in large capital letters AMERICAN VEGAN BAKE SHOP.

All English lettering gives the super American vibes
All English lettering gives the super American vibes

This will pique anyone’s interest and imagination. Ovgo's freshly baked delights, its cashless payment system and its many cakes, cookies, and muffin flavor combinations will undoubtedly having you want more.

Cashless is so futuristic
Cashless is so futuristic
A quaint and subtle opening with warm blue and brown colors
A quaint and subtle opening with warm blue and brown colors

Walking into the store you see the glass counter with stacked baked goods overflowing the countertop onto the table. With a selection of this size, there is something here for everyone.

Time to enter the vegan bake world
Time to enter the vegan bake world
An easy to read menu in both English and Japanese
An easy to read menu in both English and Japanese
A delicious selection awaits!
A delicious selection awaits!

What is astounding is the hard at work staff both behind the counter and in the kitchen. With a quick glance, you can notice Ovgo's busiest worker bees baking the best breads in the back. I am so envious at the patience and practice to make all these remarkable and wonderful baked treats.

I get confused with all the baking equipment
I get confused with all the baking equipment
It must be a dream to create baked good flavors
It must be a dream to create baked good flavors
Handled with care and cashless is the way to go
Handled with care and cashless is the way to go

Selections at a vegan bakery may confuse new customers. So, inventing flavor combinations and introducing new ingredients with old familiar elements can excite any hungry patron. The menu contains both baked goods and cafe-style drinks.

Ovgo's baked line-up has cookies, scookies (scone cookies) and muffins. All prices are between ¥290-¥500.
A simple menu for simple tastes
A simple menu for simple tastes

They have a staple list of favorites featuring chocolate, coconut, oatmeal, walnut, cranberry, blueberry and banana. On top of this is a flavor of the season, this month was the Autumn Cream Potato Muffin.

The Giloramo scokie with oregano and tomato sounds so interesting
The Giloramo scokie with oregano and tomato sounds so interesting
Maple Walnut flavor sounds like a dream
Maple Walnut flavor sounds like a dream
Which muffin would you choose?
Which muffin would you choose?

After careful consideration, my choices were: the Snickerdoodle (cinnamon sugar cookie), Citrus Earl Grey Muffin, Banana Bread, Matcha Chocolate Chunk Scookie, and the featured Autumn Cream Potato Muffin.

I will definitely return
I will definitely return

I figured getting a mix of my favorites and a selection of something new will give me the greatest marriage of sugary and savory.

The five choices that chose me
The five choices that chose me

My first bite was into the autumn special's Potato Muffin. This was my first time eating a potato muffin and to my delight, it was absolutely delicious. The potato flavor was a great base for a fluffy muffin and its yummy yam and sweet potato cream, it was incredible.

I never had a potato muffin before
I never had a potato muffin before

Following this was the Matcha Chocolate Scookie and I wish this scone-cookie existed worldwide. The chocolate was a compliment to the lightly bitter macha and its rich sweetness, I'm upset I have not had this any sooner in my life.

Green cookies with chocolate chips is so puzzling
Green cookies with chocolate chips is so puzzling

Next, was the Earl Grey Muffin and to be honest, it tastes like an earl grey tea but in a fragrant muffin, it was extraordinary. Last was the classic banana bread and snickerdoodle. The way Ovgo captured the flavors in these classics is a testament in their skill and you cannot tell the difference if they are vegan or not.

Banana bread is always a fan favorite
Banana bread is always a fan favorite

I recommend anything purple
I recommend anything purple

Albeit I would recommend butter and warming up all the baked goods, however overall, my treats were phenomenal. I am very fortunate to discover a vegan place such as this where the foods were given extra care to reach all audiences, especially for vegans and non-vegans alike in Japan.

I firmly believe this bakery and its flavors should be shared and no longer kept secret, and thankful that in Japan we can experience the deliciousness that is Ovgo.

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Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

I'm a social worker, teacher, blogger and twitch affiliate. I am a Conversation Teacher, and a Helper of People. I love teaching, eating pizza and playing video games. I live in Japan. Follow me on Instagram; spenceramansick619 and I have a Youtube Channel; Spenceramansick

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