Matcha is Japanese’s special type of tea made in Japan from the same type of green leaves used to make Gyukoro unique to only Japan they make for one special cordial cup of tea. So if you ever down in Kyoto you should absolutely positively try it, its health benefits are numerous and its relaxing rich flavor will bring you peace and clarity. On our list we would like to include some of the most interesting cafes in Kyoto where you can have this type of tea combined with a nice desert making the ideal combination for a relaxing day out.
For those who are wary of coffee how about a nice cup of Tea instead? In the center of Kyoto lies the most famous desert house available the Kagizen Yoshifusa. What separates this place from others is the ambient of the establishment which is packed with artistic displays along with a tranquil back room ideal for enjoying a Matcha cup of tea. Denizens of Kyoto also adores Kuzukiri which are translucent noodles acquired from arrowroot which are always accompanied by a bowl of sweet brown syrup.Kagizen Yoshifusa is definitely the ideal place to meet someone and a must visit for tourists and students alike.
Name: Kagizen Yoshifusa
Adress: 264 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Working hours: Tue to Sun: 9.30am – 6 pm
Phone number: +81 75-561-1818
Offical Website: http://www.kagizen.co.jp/en/
Tsujiri Tea House
Tsujiri comes from a long line of traditional tea brands in Japan fronted by Riemon Tsuji back in 1860. Ever since then they have been the heralds of great Matcha Tea and deserts alike, but what makes them stand out is the variety in which their services are available. The premise is located on Shijo Dori, on the first floor you can even get souvenirs, ice cream, and drinks for takeaway. The second floor was designed for dining. Here you can order magnificent creations as Chiffon Cake Parfait or Marcha Parfait whose jungle green color makes it an appealing dessert, oh and do try the Glutinous rice balls with Warambimochi which is a type of jelly processed from bracken starch. You will no doubt have a wonderful time since everything blends in so well together!
Juvanser Gion store
Just a couple of minutes of walking distance from the Yasaka shrine lays the Juvanser Gion store a perfect place to rest after visiting the top tourist attraction of the Gion- san shrine. Juvanser Gion store offers a vast selection of seasonal fruits mixed with a Japanese sweet dumpling and adding small pieces of pancakes is just the perfect dessert which you can have. If you frequent Japan often you’d eventually realize that Kyoto is much different then other towns because it nurtures that ancient traditional culture in its sights so cafes like these really reinforce that feeling so you should visit at least once.
Name: Juvanser Gion store
Address:605-0821, 2F Kyoban Bldg, 482 Kiyoicho, Higashiyama, Kyoto
Who can ever claim that they had a candy design in their name? Probably not many but this is not the case if you are referring to Izutsu Yatsuhashi a famous koto player who shortly after his passing at age 72 was commemorated with a candy in shape of a koto instrument which then was sold on the route to Shogoin Store. Nowadays you can purchase this candy in Teramachi street in Kawarmachu. The cafe was also named after the koto player a really quiescent place where you can try all sorts of green teas and cake sets. The shop also offers a wide variety of the koto instrument candy with flavors like sesame or green tea!
Name: Izutsu Yatsuhashi
Adress: 604-8043, 310 Higashidaimonjicho, Teramachidori Shijosagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Working hours: Tue to Sun: 9.30am – 6 pm
Phone number: +81 75-255-2121
Gochio Café is really a heaven for pasta and matcha lovers alike due to its cream based pasta with green tea powder on top, also included are delicious matcha espressos made from single origin matcha. You should know that single origin matcha is traced back to only one field and one farmer who grew this matcha in his tea fields. Gochio café is actually run by a matcha farmer and his desire was to let people have a taste of what e considers true single origin matcha which doesn’t have other flavors involved. This cafe is just a few minutes away from the Uji station and it happened to have the unique matcha in all of Kyoto!
Patisserie Gion Sakai
This Caffe is located at the cross-section between to tea houses we included in our list, literally just across the street from the Tsujiri Teahouse and Kagizen Yoshifusa in the region area lies the Patisserie Gion Sakai desert cafe. What you can get at this place unlike any other is the European influenced Japanese desserts like Lemon Meringue Tart, Mont Blanc and a variety of eclairs to you choosing. Try the French-inspired Kyo Gokoron cookies which also can be found in Matcha or even Schihimi which is a Japanese chilly paper to bring along and treat someone else at this highly sought and praise desert cafe.
Name: Patisserie Gion Sakai
Address: 605-0073, 570-122 Gionmachiminamikawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
Working hours: Tue to Sun: 9.30am – 6 pm
Phone number: +81 75-531-8878
Be sure to remember that all these tea houses differ in prices so try to visit more than one to find the right one for you. As you well known deserts and green tea are a well established Japanese tradition also it’s sometimes hard to find coffee on your own so make sure you use google maps so you could easily navigate towards them, perhaps the best thing you can do is ask your local hotel or concierge to help you out,So now that you know how to find them and what to expect you can be on your way to try out the finest matcha parfaits soft-serve ice creams and shaved ice.
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