What is it about scarcity that makes you want something all the more? I don’t know, but that’s the feeling that comes over me whenever thinking about the crusty, fresh-baked baguettes from BOULANGERIE COUQUES on Route 6 in Yomitan. On occasion I find myself fantasizing about their bread all day long…ummm…maybe using it for bruschetta or simply tearing off the end of a loaf and cramming it down my face while still in the car. Boulangerie Couques is a one woman affair and as such, the hours, and quantity and variety of goods are limited. The quality, however, compensates for all that, and if you manage to get your hands on one of the excellent baguettes, count yourself among the fortunate few. By 4pm or so, they are usually all gone. You’ll just have to console yourself with one of the flaky ham and cheese croissants or sweet, nut-sprinkled danishes. If you read Japanese, you can consult a chalkboard in the storefront and plan your bread buying around that. It lists the time that each batch of goodies is set to come out of the oven. At least I think it does, but since I can’t read Japanese I’m not 100% sure.

The hours of Boulangerie Couques are 11 am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. It’s located on Route 6 in Yomitan, about 2.5 km down from Torii Station’s main gate (going towards Cape Zanpa). It’s on the right hand side of the road, just at the 1st traffic light after Lawson’ – directly across from a supermarket with two red birds on the sign. (Right after that light there’s a split in the road with a sign for Alivia Hotel right in the middle of it. If you’ve passed that, you’ve gone too far. If you pass the little police station, you’ve gone too far too.) Phone # 098-958-0172

I hope some of you go there! If you do, let me know what you think.


  1. Can anyone tell me if this place is still open? I tried to find it today, but didn’t have any luck. I know a reader mentioned that the awning is no longer there, so I was trying to look for anything that showed a bakery. I never parked and waked the street, so maybe it was just too hard to see from the car?

    • This place has changed owners and it is now a lovely Italian deli. Think small Okinawan size but very, very good. All food can be taken to go and there are a few counter seats as well as a small table for two. I was going to write up a full article to have it posted so maybe I should get on that soon. Hours for the deli are 11am – 7pm, closed Japanese holidays. Enjoy!

  2. August 2011 Update: The awning as pictured no longer exists, so pay close attention to the directions. Current operating hours are 11:30-19:00, closed on Mondays and Fridays.

  3. WOW!I AM REALLY GOING TO CHECK THIS OUT! I have been to Patisserie Paruche..didn’t know there was 2 bakeries over there!

  4. Finally got there myself! Had headed out a month ago but hadn’t taken the directions and thought Patisserie Paruche was it. Did love the cakes I found there — but it didn’t fix the bread craving. Went back yesterday and got there in time to get one of the FAB baguettes. Also really loved the roll that has the red beans in it. Need to make that a weekly trip for sure!

  5. Yeah! I’m so glad that you liked it. Today I got a baguette at the commissary for some reason. Should have gone to Couques!

  6. I finally had a chance to swing by this bakery and I am now fantasizing about their stuff too! I wish I had headed over there sooner. Totally did not know what I was missing! Thanks Kelly!

  7. Until you brought us a precious baguette I didn’t remember the LOVE I have for good bread. We polished the whole thing off before you’d even gone home. Yum.

    I’m so glad you posted this. We will be there this weekend!


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