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【Kyoto/Osaka】You’d Definitely Want to Share Photos Online! Top 7 Famous Cafes

From attention-grabbing shops that are filled with gorgeous photo spots, up to cafes with beautiful designs, below are some of the most famous cafes in Kyoto and Osaka that are perfect for sharing on Instagram! <This information is from Kansai Walker (issued October 10, 2017).>

ECONECO's First Cafe is Perfect for Instagram!

ECONECO Cafe & Sweet is the first cafe of ECONECO, a brand that was created by the illustrator ECONECO, who is famous for having a unique worldview. The first floor of this cafe is designed based on the fantastic Animal Parade, while the basement area is painted with vivid Kiss Doll images. No matter where you look on both floors, you’ll find great photo spots. Even the menu that includes pop soft-serve ice cream is so cute!

【What is ECONECO? 】
ECONECO is called the “iro no mahotsukai” (magician of colors), as it incorporates fantastic colors and diverse drawings. Its illustrations are used in a wide range of advertisements.

ECONECO’s worldview is in full display at the Animal Parade photo spot on the first floor.

The ECONECO BEAR with nice speech balloons is on the first basement floor.

This is the Heart Shower on the first basement floor.

The first floor that is designed under the theme Animal Parade is based on the color "pink".

Located in the Shinsaibashisuji-North Shopping Street, its adorable shop design stands out!

"We also take pride in our drinks, as our coffee is from the well-established Italian brand, illy, and our black teas are from the Ceylon tea specialist, Le Monde Alice!” claimed Ayumi Fujii, a staff member at the cafe.

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: 43 seats (31 table seats, 12 counter seats), Drinks: Approx. 20 kinds, including coffee (prices start at 400 JPY) and black tea (prices start at 432 JPY), Sweets: Approx. 5 types, including soft-serve ice cream (prices start at 486 JPY), Food: Crepe (864 JPY) only, Smoking: Non-smoking

■ECONECO Cafe&Sweet<Phone: 06-4300-3078, Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Closed: Thursdays, Parking area: None, Access: 4-minute walk from the subway’s Shinsaibashi Station>

ECONECO Cafe&Sweet

Shinsaibashi Daisan NSD Bldg. 1F/B1, 3-6-18 Minami Senba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

The Taste of Autumn in Mild Gelato with the Sweetness of Hot and Flaky Chestnuts

SUGiTORA is a gelato shop that was set up by the former Japanese representative of the World Pastry Cup. Here, their parfait, which uses highly aromatic and full-bodied gelato that does not melt easily, is as good as it looks. Mix some Japanese chestnuts and pears to the caramel to further enhance the flavor.

This is the Mont Blanc Parfait (1,700 JPY). It comes with three types of gelato, including milk and pear vanilla, as well as chestnut cream that capitalizes on the flavor of Japanese chestnuts from Ehime. This is available until late November.

This is the Tarte Tatin Parfait (1,500 JPY) that debuted on September 7. Limited to the autumn season (until December), this parfait has three types of gelato, including the caramel gelato that has superb richness and sweetness, with caramelized apples on top.

There are table seats on the cozy second floor that can be accessed through a small spiral staircase.

This shop is located in the alley between Teramachi-dori and Kyogoku-dori, and there may be a line of customers outside its doors even on weekdays. Note that if you only order the gelato, you will not be allowed to use the table seats on the second floor.

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: 10 seats (10 table seats), Drinks: Approx. 8 kinds, including coffee and black tea (400 JPY each when a la carte, or 350 JPY each when ordered in a set with dessert) and jelly (prices start at 650 JPY), Sweets: Approx. 12 types, including Chocolate Parfait (1,500 JPY), Food: None, Smoking: Non-smoking

■ SUGiTORA <Phone: 075-741-8290, Hours: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Parking area: None, Access: 9-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station>

SUGiTORA

488-15 Nakasuji-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Colorful and Exquisite Cotton Candy You’d Absolutely Want to Share

JEREMY & JEMIMAH Furukawacho Shotengai, the sister shop of a store in Gion that specializes in Kyoto-style watagashi (cotton candy), is famous for its cotton candies that come in 10 flavors. Some of these flavors include matcha green tea and kuromitsu kinako (soy powder and brown sugar syrup), as well as its wata-hako that is topped with dried fruits and herbs. You won’t get enough of their delicate flavors, which is typical of wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets), as well as their lovely colors!

This is the wata-hako (900 JPY). You can choose two flavors from the 10 available flavors, including matcha green tea and sakura mochi (cherry blossom rice cake) (shown in photo), as well as kocha (black tea), hojicha (roasted green tea) and kuromitsu kinako. All the cotton candies come with a drink.

If you order wata-hako, you can enjoy your sweets in a leisurely manner in one of the tatami seats on the second floor. Even the wata-hana (600 JPY) that is meant for take-out has 10 flavors to choose from!

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: 23 seats (23 tatami seats), Drinks: 3 types. The drinks come in a set with two types of wata-hako (900 JPY), and you can choose from bancha (coarse tea) or hojicha for the drink, Food: None, Sweets: 10 types of cotton candies only, Smoking: Non-smoking

■ JEREMY & JEMIMAH Furukawacho Shotengai <Phone: 070-4169-4008, Hours: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Closed: Irregular days (none in October and November), Parking area: None, Access: 2-minute walk from subway’s Higashiyama Station>

JEREMY & JEMIMAH Furukawacho Shotengai

444-3 Hachiken-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Famous Pop Donuts with Ice Cream on Top

Donuts at Kitten & Donuts that look pop on the outside have become pretty famous quite quickly thanks to their soft and springy texture, as well as their refined sweetness that comes from the use of local wheat with soymilk and condensed milk. No eggs or cow milk are used in the mix. The Kitten Charmmy, wherein ice cream can be put on top of the donut, makes for an awesome photo!

If you order the Kitten Charmmy – your favorite donut with ice cream on top – you’d have to pay 378 JPY on top of the price of the donut. The Matcha Kitten Charmmy shown in the photo costs 723 JPY.

This is the interior of the shop. It has a pop vibe that comes from the blue emanating from the white walls.

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: 7 seats (5 counter seats, 2 table seats), Drinks: Approx. 10 kinds, including coffee and black tea (270 JPY each), Sweets: Approx. 15 types, including donuts (prices start at 324 JPY), Smoking: Non-smoking

■ Kitten & Donuts <Phone: 075-204-0715, Hours: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM ※Shop closes as soon as the sweets are sold out, Closed: None, Parking area: None, Access: 6-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station>

Kitten&Donuts

333 Shioya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

The Autumn Latte Topped with Candied Sweet Potatoes Also Looks Good in Photos!

Inside the shop of THE CITY'S BEST COFFEE that was designed with Brooklyn, New York, in mind, customers are loving their latte that is topped with daigaku imo (candied sweet potatoes), sodas mixed with dried fruits, and other creative and colorful drinks. Try the food and sweets that use their springy and superb “croffle” (hybrid of croissant and waffle) dough!

This is the Daigaku Imo Latte (prices start at 518 JPY), and it will be available until October 31st (Tuesday). This is a rich and full-bodied caramel latte with generous amounts of caramelized sweet potatoes on top.

This is the Pistachio & Berry Croffle (626 JPY). A “croffle” is a dessert that uses springy and delicious dough. This dough is actually made from a combination of croissant and waffle doughs.

These are the signature Fruit Kajunade (475 JPY), the Yogurt Budo Juice (yogurt and grapes) with candied grapes on top (518 JPY, available starting mid-October), and other delights.

The brick walls and tables that are colored like candies create an excellent atmosphere.

“All the flavors at this croffle bar are priced at 194 JPY each!” said Karen Setoguchi, a staff member at the cafe.

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: 29 seats (24 table seats, 5 counter seats), Drinks: Approx. 20 kinds, including cafe latte (464 JPY), Food: Approx. 10 types, including Herb Sausage and Chopped Salad Croffle (626 JPY), Sweets: Approx. 5 types, Smoking: Non-smoking

■ THE CITY'S BEST COFFEE <Phone: 06-6881-0009, Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Closed: Irregular days (none in October and November), Parking area: None, Access: 3-minute walk from subway’s Kyobashi Station>

THE CITY'S BEST COFFEE

Saokoma Bldg. 1F (annexed to a Y!mobile shop), 2-8-7 Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A Coffee Stand in Minamihorie with a Huge Car Signboard

The AMAZING COFFEE OSAKA SOUTH SIDE, which is the third branch of a coffee stand that is popular in Tokyo and Yokohama, has made its foray into the Kansai region. This shop offers a wide array of drinks, including their Cafe Latte that is made using the latest espresso machines and the highest grade of coffee beans that are handpicked from around the world, and the extremely aromatic hand-dripped Decaf (550 JPY).

Many people take a photo with the massive car billboard on the background. Flavored coffees are also available every season.

One of the coffees in this photo is the Caffe Latte (500 JPY) that is made with the latest Black Eagle espresso machine.

This is the interior of the store. Coffee beans are embedded on the walls.

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: None (take-out only), Drinks: Approx. 10 kinds, including Cafe Latte (500 JPY), Caramel Latte (600 JPY) and Coffee of the Day (prices start at 400 JPY), Sweets: None, Food: None, Smoking: Non-smoking

■ AMAZING COFFEE OSAKA SOUTH SIDE Shop<Phone: Not available, Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Closed: Irregular days, Parking area: None, Access: 6-minute walk from subway’s Sakuragawa Station>

AMAZING COFFEE OSAKA SOUTH SIDE Shop

3-9-11 Minamihorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A Coffee Stand with a Fancy Vending Machine-type Door

W/O STAND, a coffee stand that has become the talk of the town for its flashy neon lights and Italian-made espresso machines, has ventured into Osaka after Kobe and Kyoto. In addition to lattes and coffees, it is also famous for its monthly brew. In October, they launched the Hazelnut Latte (600 JPY), to the delight of all the women who love the drink.

The interior is stylish, with white tiles against wood. There are items from rock musicians and famous brands on display inside.

This is the Cafe Latte (450 JPY) that makes full use of the original flavor of coffee.

The door is also poppy and was inspired by a vending machine.

Here, espresso machines from the world-famous Italian brand La Marzocco are being used to make the coffee.

■ CAFE DATA / Seating capacity: Approx. 4 seats (approx. 4 bench seats), Drinks: Approx. 10 kinds, including Espresso (350 JPY), Macchiato (400 JPY) and the Osaka-only Caramel Macchiato (600 JPY), Sweets: None, Food: None, Smoking: Non-smoking

■ W/O STAND SHINSAIBASHI <Phone: None, Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Closed: Irregular days (none in October), Parking area: None, Access: 7-minute walk from subway’s Shinsaibashi Station>

W/O STAND SHINSAIBASHI

1-15-15 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 10.27.2017]

*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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