Translated by MATCHA
Stay Comfortable Inside 4 Cosy Cafes And Bars In Kyoto And Osaka
Written by Marina Maeda
Are you looking for a place to escape the rain in Kyoto and Osaka? Why not stop by one of these comfortable spots? You're sure to enjoy both the drinks and views that they offer.
Even in the middle of tsuyu, or rainy season, it's nice to get out and see the city - even if you find yourself getting tired of the rain. This is especially true if you are on vacation. For those traveling in the Kansai area, we have gathered our 4 top choices for cafes to visit to take a break from sightseeing (or from the rain!) when in Kyoto or Osaka.
1. Iyemon Salon, Kyoto
Iyemon is the maker behind bottled teas sold in practically every vending machine, supermarket and convenience store all across Japan, and they have their own cafe right in Kyoto. This large cafe is quite popular throughout the day, but we recommend visiting in the morning to enjoy their fantastic breakfast service.
There is a Japanese garden behind the cafe which you can view from the tables inside as well.
Their green tea latte (710 yen) is very mild and perfectly blended with milk.
All matcha or green tea based drinks are prepared using traditional tea ceremony manners, so if you would like to view this, please try to get a counter seat for yourself.
2. Avocado, Kyoto
Avocado, a Mexican restaurant, is located on a riverside and has a great covered terrace where you can sit and enjoy the fresh air.
The inside is decorated like an authentic Mexican eatery, with lots of bright, warm colors all around. It's a great place to visit with a group of friends, and just like its name indicates, each dish is served with avocado.
Their grilled chicken fajita set is wonderful (980 yen).
So is the chicken burrito (950 yen). There are plenty of delicious drinks, appetizers, and cocktails on the menu too.
3. Yanozen, Osaka
This cafe is run by an owner of a tea house in Shin-machi, Nanba. Built in a former townhouse and warehouse, this cafe has a great historical air to it.
Here you can enjoy teas of varying tastes and qualities, and on rainy days, the smell of the wooden interior and warm tea is sure to have you feeling right at home in no time.
There are so many different types of tea to choose from.
This is the Uji green tea (540 yen). With your first sip the fragrant taste of the green tea really fills your mouth. In the evenings, this cafe turns into a bar.
4. Bacaro Baccagio, Osaka
The Italian bar is located near the Imperial Hotel inside the Osaka Amenity Park tower.
If you order their Dolce set (1000 yen), you can choose your favorite cake from the menu, and enjoy a drink and macaron too.
The Okawa river runs near the cafe, and the view from the terrace is amazing on both sunny and rainy days.
Address: Kyoto, Nakagyo, Sanjo Karasuma, Nishiiru Mikuracho 80, Chiso Building
Hours: 8:00-23:30 (last order 22:30)
Nearest Station: Karasumaoike Station (Karasuma, Tozai lines)
Access: 3 minute walk from Exit 6 of Karasumaoike Station
Address: Kyoto, Nakagyo, Kawaramachi Higashiiru, Nakajimacho 92, TIME's Building
Nearest Station: Sanjyo Station or Kawaramachi Station (Keikan/Tozai, Hankyu lines)
Access: 3 minutes from Sanjyo Station, 7 minutes from Kawaramachi Station
Website: Avocado (Japanese)
Address: Osaka, Nishi, Shinmachi 1-19-11
Hours: M-F 12:00-18:00, open some Saturdays 12:00-18:00
Closed: Saturdays (irregular), Sundays and holidays
Nearest Station: Yotsubashi Station, Yotsubashi Subway line
Access: Turn left from Exit 2 of Yotsubashi Station, walk northwards towards Yotsubashi Intersection, turn left at the 4th corner
Address: Osaka, Kita, Tenmabashi 1-8-30, Osaka Amenity Park Tower 2F
Hours: 11:00-23:00 (lunch 11:00-15:00)
Nearest Station: Sakuranomiya Station (JR Osaka Kanjyo line), Osaka Tenmangu Station (JR Tozai line), or Minamimori-machi Station (Tanimachi/Sakai Suji line)
Access: 5 minute walk to Sakuranomiya Station, 7 minute walk from Exit 1 of Osaka Tenmangu Station, 10 minute walk from Exit 3 of Minamimori-machi Station
Website: Bacaro Baccagio (Japanese)