Kanazawa ranks as one of the biggest consumers of coffee in Japan. People from Kanazawa are also said to be huge lovers of sweets, so there are many cafes in town that are now engaged in a fierce competition. Here is a list of the five stylish cafes in Kanazawa that are particularly recommended.
1. Le Musee De H KANAZAWA
Le Musee De H KANAZAWA is a shop where you will find different kinds of sweets that use only the finest ingredients. The confections made and sold here contain lavish amounts of natural ingredients from local sources in the Hokuriku region, including Kanazawa and Noto. Another appeal of this shop is its refined design. It offers exquisite sweets (priced around 200 JPY – 500 JPY) under the concept of collaboration among "ingredients, art and service." Don’t miss the confections that are only found at the Kanazawa branch! Further, the Concept G (2,430 JPY (incl. tax)) course that is served at the modern tea house will give you a taste of Uji no Hongyokuro, which is considered as the finest Japanese tea, together with a combination of Japanese sweets.
2. Kanazawaya Coffee Shop Main Branch
Kanazawaya Coffee Shop is a shop that is dedicated to the “nel drip” (the term “nel” comes from the “flannel” cloth that is used) brewing system that uses its home-roasted beans. Here, you can taste truly delicious coffee inside a “machiya” (mainly a merchant’s house with a narrow opening and long depth that faces the road) that is filled with the vibe of the historic city of Kanazawa. Here, the brewed coffee made from beans that are roasted by its master roasters (price of brewed coffee starts at 500 JPY) is not murky and has no bitterness or other unpleasant tastes. Try a cup of this shop’s coffee that is carefully made, one cup at a time. When you order coffee, it will come with a side serving of this shop’s homemade Cacao Yokan. This yokan (sweet bean jelly) is made by combining red bean paste (azuki beans and other beans boiled and mixed with sugar) and chocolate from cacao beans that were roasted by the shop. Enjoy the mild sweetness and robust smell of the cacao in this confection.
3. FULL OF BEANS
FULL OF BEANS is a shop that was built by renovating a century-old machiya in Kanazawa. The first floor of this shop is a cafe with tatami flooring where guests get to unwind after they take off their shoes, while the second floor is a semi-private space that can be used by only one group at a time during lunch and dinner. You will be able to forget the time and relax in this splendid space that is surrounded by antique stuff from Europe. This shop has an extensive menu to choose from, including dishes that use fresh vegetables that are in season (lunch sets are priced at 1,000 JPY and above, while a la carte dishes during dinner cost 350 JPY – 1,280 JPY), and a long list of drinks (priced at 300 JPY and above) such as homemade sangria and local alcohols. There are also handmade sweets (priced at 400 JPY and above) and original coffee blends, so you can also come here for your coffee fix.
4. Hokuo Cafe apila
Hokuo Cafe apila is a fancy cafe that is decorated in Scandinavian-style design. Its pride is the Waffle Cake Set (700 JPY (incl. tax)), which changes every month, that is made by putting a big dollop of fresh cream between chewy waffles. Meanwhile, the Gateau Chocolat (700 JPY (incl. tax) with drink) is a confection that is not too sweet, so it is popular among women. This shop also serves Robert’s Coffee (price starts at 400 JPY (incl. tax)) that is representative of Finland, a country which boasts of having the highest consumption of coffee in the world. There is also a wide array of flavored coffees that are quite rare in Japan. Now this cafe is open from 7:00 am, so it is also recommended for breakfast.
5. DOL D’OR CAFE
DOL D’OR CAFE is a place where you can drink cold-pressed juices. These fresh juices that are made through the cold press method, wherein the juice is extracted without destroying the nutrients of vegetables and fruits, are perfect for those who are conscious about their health and beauty. The inside of this shop, where decorative plants are displayed all over, is a bright space with an expansive feel that will give guests a naturally relaxing feeling. You have to try this shop’s most popular Detox Green (1,188 JPY (incl. tax)) blend while unwinding in this stylish space. This luxurious juice from eight vegetables is apparently good for blood circulation. The Care Yellow (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)) juice that is based on pineapple, lemon and other fruits is filled with good nutrients that benefit women. Please also try the exquisite pancakes (price starts at 756 JPY (incl. tax)) that are made from homemade ricotta cheese and meringue.
Have you been to any of these places? This list only contains cafes with their own unique charms, so choose the shop that best fits your preferences and mood.
*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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