Nagoya has a cafe culture that is different from either Tokyo or Kyoto. The cafes introduced here have unique qualities in their architecture, furniture, and menus that we cannot get from any other place in Japan.
1. Lounge Cafe bliss
Lounge Cafe bliss is a stylish, solitary, house-like cafe that aims to deliver a feeling of bliss. The atmosphere of the interior is different on each floor. The 1st floor is decorated with calming colors, the 3rd floor has a warm ambience, and both have antique sofas that are almost the size of a bed. Also, the 2nd floor can be used for parties or functions. They have a variety of popular meals like the Fluff-Melt French Toast (940 JPY (excl. tax)), the meaty Original Hamburg Steak Plate (1,300 JPY (excl. tax)) and many more. They also have many different soft drinks (from 400 JPY (excl. tax)) and alcoholic beverages (from 500 JPY (excl. tax)). This cafe is open until midnight, so it is a great place to relax and look back on your journey at the end of the day.
AZUMASARYO is a Japanese cafe run by a Japanese confectionery store with more than 100 years of history. There are a number of Japanese-style cafes throughout Japan, but at AZUMASARYO you can really enjoy a unique, creative, Japanese-style dessert. Their shaved ice has espuma sauce (foamed sauce) poured on top, which creates a special sensation through its contrast with the soft shaved ice. Of all the flavors of shaved ice, we recommend the delicious, bittersweet Ultimate Green Tea (950 JPY (excl. tax)). The most popular item on the menu at AZUMASARYO is their Green Tea Fondue (1 layer 820 JPY, 2 layers 1,190 JPY, 3 layers 1,490 JPY (all excl. tax)). This is a unique green tea flavored fondue with rice cakes and seasonal fruits to dip. Indulge yourself with the fragrant green tea desserts at AZUMASARYO.
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3. Abbey Road
Abbey Road is a cafe named after that famous album by The Beatles. This music-maniac cafe is fully decorated with pictures and books of The Beatles, an exciting and irresistible temptation for fans. Lighting in the cafe is kept dim, creating an ideal relaxing mood for customers to listen to the music. Highlights from their menu include AR (Abbey Road) Blend Coffee (430 JPY) and slowly cooked European-style Special Curry (1,240 JPY). This dark colored, rich flavored curry has fruitiness to its taste, and a lot of soft and chunky beef. So experience for yourself Abbey Road’s love and respect for The Beatles while enjoying their beloved Special Curry.
4. Coffee House Montmartre
The coffee house Montmartre is a cafe located on the 1st floor of Nagoya Tokyu Hotel. High quality coffee and dessert are always available for you to enjoy in this cafe. If possible, we suggest aiming to try their Joyful Lunch (2,570 JPY (incl. tax)) that is only offered on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. For the usual lunch price, the Joyful Lunch contains a number of options for the main dish, salad, and a buffet-style dessert. This is very popular among the people of Nagoya, so satisfaction is guaranteed. Montmartre’s Breakfast Buffet (Adults 2,732 JPY (incl. tax), Children (6-10 years) 1,663 JPY (incl. tax), Children (3-5 years) 831 JPY (incl. tax)) offers traditional Nagoya foods like red bean toast and deep fried chicken wings. It’s a go-to cafe to take a break or for meeting up with friends.
5. Coffee Ukka
Of all the cafes in Nagoya, Coffee Ukka is one of the most popular dating spots with women. It is a villa-style building surrounded by stone walls and green plants. They have antique furniture, retro lamp shades, stained glass windows, and sunny terrace seats. Any seat in this cafe would create a great atmosphere for a date. Also, dogs are allowed in the terrace seat area. There are many healthy options that are delicious like the homemade cake of the day (from 430 JPY) and the fresh organic fruit juice (from 650 JPY). The most popular dish of this cafe is the Seasonal Gozen (1,620 JPY) which is limited to 20 meals per day. It is wise to book for this meal as they run out quickly. Coffee Ukka is the perfect place to entertain a lady.
Did you find any cafes that interest you? There are many cafes in Nagoya that are intriguing and special. We hope you have an extra-memorable journey in Nagoya dining in these unique cafes.
*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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