A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Charming Family Bakery: David Pain

I saw an article about a bakery called David Pain (pain means bread in French, so it’s pronounced like “pan”, not “pain”) in the latest Tsukuba Style magazine, so I thought I would go and check it out. The bakery is located in the far south of Tsukuba, near the intersection of the Route 6 bypass and Route 408 (Address: Makizono 7-11, Tsukuba).

Selection of goods from David Pain

The bakery is run by David and his wife, with some help from their little baby. David hails from Corsica, and he and his wife met in Paris.

David and his family

I am not a bread specialist, but I know what I like, and I found the bread at David Pain to be excellent. My favourite was a unique roll made by David called “Campignon” (at least I think that was what it was called). It was a tiny little roll but it packed a powerful taste of cheese, bacon and nuts.

I liked the atmosphere at the bakery and found it easy to talk to David and his wife, but my favourite thing about the bakery was that they did not individually wrap every single item that I bought individually in plastic bags. They gave me a nice paper bag and put all of my purchases inside. I think the Tsukuba community should support bakeries that promote sensible bagging!

Paper bag of bread.  No plastic!


  • dimaks says:

    If there is one thing that I have been wishing for ever since i came to Tsukuba, it will be a bakery that serves freshly baked breads early in the morning :) just like in the Philippines – you can find bakeries open at around 5 in the morning.. ah speaking of home.

    i agree with the sensible bagging.

  • Richmond says:

    This made me remember of Yakitate Jap-pan

  • Shaney says:

    dimaks: David Pain is open from 7:30am, which is earlier than most places in Tsukuba. I imagine that David is already baking by 5:30am in time to open at 7:30am, so if he opened earlier, he would have to start baking in the middle of the night! I guess that must be normal in the Philippines?

    Richmond: What is Yakitake Jap-pan?

  • dimaks says:

    haha, that’s normal Shaney. usually bakery workers in the Philippines just compensate it by sleeping very early :) so no problem.