#205 Kyoto Cafe Adventures
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

1F Nippo Karasuma Bldg, 445 Sasaya-cho, Kyoto, Japan, 604-8187 
Open: 7:30am – 7:00pm Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 7:00pm Saturday (closed Sunday)

Kick-starting my Japan trip posts with one that covers the two cafes I visited whilst in Kyoto. I won't be blogging about EVERYTHING I did in Japan, because let's face it, do you really want to read about my visits to all the different temples on this trip? I didn't do any prior research on cafes to visit so as I stood in the pouring rain after visiting the bamboo groves, I typed "most popular coffee joints in Kyoto" and this place popped up in my google search.

It's relatively easy to find this place with the help of google maps. Like most of the F&B outlets in Japan, this cafe was quite tiny, so I wouldn't recommend visiting it in large groups. The coffee was excellent, but once again, I need to emphasise that I'm not extremely particular about my coffee. We didn't order anything to eat because we visited in between meals. Overall, the place has a nice zen environment that's nice to chill at, alone or with friends. There was only one person working when we visited the place, so do expect a 10 to 15 minute wait for your coffee orders.

Cafe Bibliotic Hello! 
650 Seimei-cho, Yanaginobanba-higashi-iru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku 
Open: 11:30am - 12:00pm (last order 11:00pm) Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday)

Our friend recommended this cafe because it opens till late, which worked out perfectly for us because we had a lot of time to kill before catching our overnight bus (at 00:40H) to Tokyo. It's the largest cafe and possibly one of the largest F&B establishment I visited whilst in Japan. It's well furnished, with dim lighting. So if you want to take nice photos, remember to visit before the sun sets otherwise your photos will mostly turn out bad.

It's a tad pricey here as compared to Sentido and the coffee isn't as good. However, the seats were more comfortable, with a nice back rest, as compared to the stools we were balancing on back at Sentido, ha-ha. Food was decent, but opt for the dessert options instead (unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the cake we ordered, LOL). Nice place to kick back and catch up with friends because it is less zen than some of the other cafes I visited, where you'll feel self conscious if your conversations aren't held in whispers. Only negative about this place is that they allow their customers to smoke inside. Actually, I think that rule applies to most cafes. So yeah, if you're unlucky and there's someone puffing away like a chimney near you, you'll leave smelling like you spent the day partying in a night club or casino.

Stay tune for most posts about my Japan trip; the next one I'm planning on doing is a post about the cafes I visited whilst in Tokyo.


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written at 18:19