Four Cafes and Restaurants with Fabulous Views of the Cherry Blossoms!
Cherry blossoms are the delight of Kyoto in the spring. What a pleasure it would be to enjoy good food while viewing the cherry blossoms in full bloom! Here are four cafes and restaurants in Kyoto where you can do just that!
1. Cafe KANO
This is a cafe on the banks of Takase River. It has a brick facade with a retro feel, and a tranquil interior where you can relax. It has a bay window with a view of the cherry blossoms along Takase River, so you'll definitely want to go during the cherry blossom season. The cherry blossoms that seem to bloom over the river are a sight to behold. The cafe's menu includes old-school standards such as coffee (470 JPY), and ham sandwiches (690 JPY), so it is a great place to enjoy retro Japanese flavors.
2. Second House Cake Works Higashinotouin Branch
Misayama Park is a park near Kyoto's largest commercial district. In the spring, the park is crowded with people visiting to see the cherry blossoms. This is a cafe right near the park in a renovated old machiya-style residence. You can enjoy a relaxing time with a view of the cherry blossoms in Misayama Park, both in the first floor cafe and second floor restaurant. The menu includes standards, such as the almond cake (450 JPY), which has been on the menu since the cafe's opening, as well as seasonal cakes. It also has a full drinks menu including the charcoal roasted blend coffee (450 JPY). It is a lovely place to enjoy a conversation with good cake and drinks while feeling the atmosphere of the season.
3. Salon de Royal Kyoto
This is a long-established chocolate shop in Kiyachou Oike, where you can enjoy the chocolate bonbons, macarons, and cakes that are displayed like jewels in the showcase. In the springtime, the sweets will taste particularly good accompanied by the warm spring sun and a view of the blooming cherry blossoms. The shop is encased in glass so you can enjoy views of Kamo River year round, but the "noryoyuka," unique to Kyoto in the summer, is recommended. It is a raised platform on the bank of Kamo River that is only available from May to September each year, where you can enjoy the cafe while feeling the breeze from the river.
This is a cafe on Kiyamachi-dori, that is filled with old buildings, and is in a renovated old residence that is about 60 years old. The cafe is designed to leave your shoes at the door, so you can relax at round tables in rooms with tatami mats. You can see the Takase River, that flows right by the cafe, from the seat by the window, so this becomes a special seat in the spring from which you can enjoy the cherry blossoms. Their coffee (500 JPY), made with three types of organic beans roasted on site, is recommended. You can also order their homemade sweets. They are open till late, so you may want to go to enjoy the night blossoms there. We hope you will experience the luxury of viewing the cherry blossoms while listening to the quiet flow of the river.
*The image is for illustrative purposes only
If you're in Kyoto during this season, you may as well enjoy both good food and the cherry blossoms. Things do get crowded during the cherry blossom season, so give yourself extra time or make reservations.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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