The Best Cafés in Hiroshima, Japan
Hello Kitty-themed momiji manju | © Lisa Pinehill/Flickr
Hiroshima is famous for its local food
, especially its fresh oysters harvested from the prefecture’s long coastline on the Seto Inland Sea and its local style of okonomiyaki
. However, beyond its renowned seafood and street food, Hiroshima is home to an excellent café scene with something to suit whatever it is you’re craving.
Obscura Coffee Roasters
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Obscura Coffee Roasters was founded by a group of college friends from Hiroshima who decided to quit the nine to five and focus on their shared love of coffee. The coffee shop is modeled after traditional Japanese kissaten cafés with a modern twist. Be sure to try the siphon brewed coffee made with coffee beans roasted at their very own roasting facility.
Fruit Cafe TAMARU
Cafe, Dessert, Coffee, $$$
Hiroshima fruit company TAMARU opened this café to showcase their fresh fruits. Enjoy decadent parfaits piled high with juicy, seasonal fruits in a relaxing resort-like atmosphere that’s the perfect place for a break when shopping or sightseeing. They also offer fresh fruit juices, crêpes, and berry toast.
Saryo Hozenji serves up traditional bowls of kakigori, the Japanese frozen dessert of feathery light shaved ice and flavored syrup. They specialize in desserts made with premium matcha from Kyoto prefecture and toppings liked condensed milk, mochi rice dumplings, and sweet red bean.
latte art cafe Crema
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Contemporary, Coffee, $$$
Get a heavy dose of caffeine and kawaii — the special Japanese brand of cuteness that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, men and women alike — at latte art cafe Crema. The adorable latte art ranges from animals to birthday messages and 3D latte foam art.
AIDA with CAFE
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Coffee, $$$
AIDA is a fashion and interior goods store with a focus on natural, vintage style. At their Hiroshima location, AIDA with CAFE, the store also houses a stylish café and dessert shop. Enjoy a light and airy chiffon cake with herbal tea or try one of their lunch sets featuring dishes like shogayaki (ginger pork), wafu (Japanese-style) pasta, or vegetable curry.
Cafe, Coffee, $$$
Cachette cafe offers a calm atmosphere with comfortable chairs and sofas to sit back and relax. Their set meal includes a choice of light lunch options from the menu paired with soup, salad, and multi-grain rice. The café also has a large window for enjoying the view of the tree-lined boulevard below.
Momijido Nibanya, located on the island of Miyajima, specializes in momiji manju, the famous local confectionery of Hiroshima. It’s a maple leaf-shaped cake filled with red bean paste, and at Momojido Nibanya can be eaten in its traditional form or deep-fried on a skewer as ‘age-momiji’. Enjoy it with an iced coffee or some ice cream.