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Girljin in Japan By Rachel Tranter Davies
Craft Coffee and Ceramics


There’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee or bowl of matcha savoured in beautiful surroundings, unless, of course, it’s served in beautiful ceramics. Better still if you can take these ceramics away with you.



Clamp Coffee Sarasa

Slightly tucked away down a small side street, Clamp is a wonderful rustic style café where coffee beans are roasted onsite, many of which are hand-selected single origin varieties. They offer a great toast menu (until 12:00 p.m.), from French toast with sweet and slightly tangy-tart berries, to cheese to egg on toast, there’s something to satisfy both dessert and savory savants. Not strictly in the café, but just next door, is the wonderful LADER home supplies. With a great selection of antiques and locally-produced kitchen goodies, this is a great stop off in the Nijo area.



8:00-18:00; Closed Wednesday; www.cafesarasa.com



Café Marble Bukkoji

A machiya style café just south of Shijo Karasuma, Café Marble is one of those places that you feel you could sit for hours. The café opened around 13 years ago in the historic 100-year-old building and has a quaint Japanese garden to admire as well as the ceramics selection. The menu is extensive; teas, coffees and interesting alcoholic concoctions (the Rum and raisin tea caught my eye), and healthy lunch options ranging from rich Japanese curry to quiche - all homemade. The vintage velvet sofas are perfect to relax on and if you’re served any ceramics you like, take a look at the selection for sale to pick up a locally-crafted memento of your visit.



11:30-22:00 (until 20:00 on Sun.); Closed last Wednesday of the month; www.cafe-marble.com



Cafe Kitone

Friendly (English-speaking) staff, a relaxing ambience, tasty coffee and the most beautiful selection of carefully-curated, locally-produced pottery. Café Kitone (lit. Tree & Roots) is the perfect place to sit back and sip on a cup of something delicious, or indulge in one of their seasonal sweet treats, whilst deciding on which of the hand-crafted Japanese ceramics you think would fit in at home. A popular place for “kakigori” shaved ice, there is often a queue, but it goes quickly and is worth the wait.

12:00 - Sunset; L.O. 17:00; Closed Wed. & Thurs.; kitone.jp



Rachel is a food, drink and travel writer. Originally from England, she recently relocated to Japan and is now finding her feet in Kyoto. You can find her blogging tweeting and instagramming her experiences at Girljin in Japan.




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