Kyoto, once the political capital of Japan, is now the nation’s undisputed cultural center. This is the home of the country’s most iconic traditions, from tea ceremonies to flower arranging, and it is famous for signature Japanese dishes. It boasts countless coffee spots which serve top-quality beverages, perfect for a quick pick-me-up in-between all the cultural exploring. So, if you’re seeking a first-rate cappuccino or latte whilst in Kyoto, look no further; here are the best coffee spots in town.
Kei’s Caffe Oggi
Kei’s Caffe Oggi is simply the best coffee place on the way to Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera. Packed with interesting antiques, the back of each menu explains the significance of each. Conveniently located near to all the main attractions of the city, Kei’s is a warm and inviting establishment serving exquisitely brewed coffee using beans which are rich and dark.
Mo-an is a small, rustic establishment set on the top of a hill in Kyoto/ a tea house which boasts an awesome view of the city below. The interior is of a modern Japanese style, and the front porch opens onto a spacious and airy outdoor seating area, allowing guests to enjoy a latte under the balmy Kyoto sun. The mocha here is creamy and moreish, and there is an excellent range of homemade ice-creams.
8 Yoshidakaguraokacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8311,Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-761-2100
Yojiya Café Ginkakujiten
For Kyoto visitors who are interested in traditional Japanese culture, Yojiya Café Ginkakujiten is the spot. This is a lovely establishment serving an array of coffee, green tea and dessert treats, and is a great place to try a well-made cake with a cappuccino. Sitting on the floor in the tatami room customers can take part in traditional Japanese practices whilst admiring the colorful garden.
Marie Belle Kyoto
Marie Belle Kyoto specializes in chocolate, their headquarters are located in New York. The café is attached to the shop here, and has lively music and a laid-back atmosphere. And one thing is for certain, this is a top spot for dessert lovers, serving cakes and chocolate pastries galore. The speciality here is the ‘signature art ganache’ where small chocolates are modelled with artistic and symbolic illustrations. And if you’re feeling thirsty, there’s a wide variety of coffee options on offer, including a rich and frothy latte which is out of this world.
83 Tsuchiya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0061, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-221-2202
Inoda Coffee Honten
Inoda Coffee Honten serves very rich brewed coffee in several different blends. This famous coffee house is located just outside of Nishiki market. The Arabian Pearl coffee is a must-try, and there is a decadent chocolate cake which goes well with the range of light and fruity teas on offer.
140 Doyucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-8118, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-221-0507
Malebranche Café is a casual coffee joint with colorful tetsubin teapots displayed charmingly in the window. This café was originally a confectionery shop which was later transformed into a city coffee haunt. Here, visitors can drink coffee whilst enjoying calming music and admiring the great interior decor. The service is always very efficient, and the chai tea is blended with locally grown spices.