Jul. 13, 2017 UPDATE
The perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day!
Popular and trendy kakigori in Kyoto!
In part one I told you about some very traditional kakigori, but in part two you will get to know about trendy kakigori popular among young people. All of these cafes are very refined with a nice atmosphere and the kakigori at these cafes look great in photos. You will find out about five kakigori places offering unique kakigori, some of them putting really much effort into finding the best possible ingredients.
KezurihiyaKezurihiya is a new kakigori specialty café in Gion. This café offers kakigori that is light, almost like snow, and on top you have latte art, which is one of the reasons this place is so popular among young people. These sweets look great on Instagram, but they also taste great, and they also have layered Kyoto-like flavors like matcha and hojicha. Kakigori is sold all through the year.
Pass the Baton Kyoto GionPass the Baton is a “select recycle shop,” and inside this recycle shop you can find a café named “Ocha to Sake Tasuki.” Here you can have different flavors of kakigori, including matcha and hojicha, and the syrups they use in their kakigori are not too sweet, but really taste like the thing they should taste like. The kakigori here is really big, so they are best shared with friends. Kakigori is sold all through the year.
Gion NITIAfter you enter one small alley from Hanamikoji in Gion, you will find this cozy, small café, Gion NITI. The kakigori they sell in summer is made from natural ice, so it just melts in your mouth, and feels soft; a moving combination. The flavors change monthly, although they have some classics that you can have every time. My recommendations are the ones that use watery fruits. The lighting in the café is subdued, and from inside you can gaze at their small Japanese garden, and the café feels almost like your very own hideout. Kakigori is sold all through the year.
KitoneThe kakigori here at Kitone stands out of the rest because of its colorfulness. All the ingredients are natural, so this is a kakigori that is good for the body. The syrup they use changes daily, and all of them are original, made by Kitone. Their fruit sauce kakigori has a juicy taste to it, and both looks and tastes good. The café is inside a shop selling tableware and other daily necessities, and their kakigori can be had until the end of September.
Page onePage one is right by Ishibei-koji, a small alley with an incredibly traditional feel, and this café/bar is by the oldest ice-seller in Kyoto, and what’s special about their kakigori is that they look so transparent that you can almost see through them. Not to forget, the bowl is also made from ice, and this kakigori is the most refreshing on our list. Besides their kakigori with freshly squeezed fruit juice, they also at night, when the café turns into a bar, have cocktail kakigori for adults. Kakigori is sold all through the year.
In Kyoto, there are many trendy cafes where you can have trendy delicious kakigori! These cafes are all frequented by kakigori aficionados, so they won’t let you down!