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Kaikado Cafe: a cafe produced by a historic tea caddy shop where customers can enjoy Kyoto traditional crafts

Kaikado Cafe

/ 開化堂カフェ
Kaikado Cafe
Kaikado is Japan’s oldest shop selling tea caddies, the containers that are used to store tea leaves. The company opened Kaikado Cafe so that more people can use the traditional crafts that are the pride of Kyoto. The cafe serves items such as tea, coffee, and a piece of cheese cake on handmade tableware that has been produced in cooperation with well-known traditional craftsmen from Kyoto. If you order iced coffee, Kaikado will serve your drink in a cup that has been created especially for the ...morecafe in the image of a tea caddy. In addition, the wooden plates used to serve cheese cakes are an original design from the famous Japanese wooden bucket maker Nakagawa-mokkougei. Lovers of traditional crafts are going to go wild about this cafe. The cafe’s commitment to details also extends to the menu, which has been created in collaboration with popular businesses not only in Kyoto, but also Tokyo and London. For example, the teas are made using tea leaves sourced from Postcard Teas, a tea specialty shop located in London. It is so worth having a cup of tea in Kaikado cafe because the cafe serves the same taste of tea as the shop in London. Another feature of the cafe is that the tea caddies that symbolize Kaikado and the tableware used in the cafe are all for sale. With a relaxed interior and the opportunity to enjoy the skills of craftsmen with the hands, the eyes, and the tongue, Kaikado cafe can be considered one of Kyoto’s tourists spots.
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Popular in Kyoto
Must-visit shops and spots for all first time tourists to Kyoto.
Highly Recommended
Top shops and spots loved by our editors and highly recommended to be listed on your itinerary.
Well Worth a Visit
Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
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Hideaway shops and spots of worthwhile destination. Recommended if you are keen on these genres.
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Inside Kaikado Cafe, artisans practicing traditional Kyoto crafts display their original tableware made especially for the cafe. It is wonderful to be able to spend time in the cafe as you gaze at these works, the product of skills that have been built up in Kyoto. 2 staffs of the cafe are English speakers (not always there), so do ask questions about the particular traditional craft technique used to create a piece of tableware. And if you find something that you like, by all means, we would lo...moreve you to buy it and enjoy it at home too.
Cheese Garden Cheese cake
1Must Eat !
Cheese Garden Cheese cake / ¥500
The cafe’s cheese cake is created to resemble the shape of a tea caddy. The cheese cake has been specially ordered from Cheese Garden, a popular cheese cake shop opening stores mainly in the Kanto area. Cheese Garden cheese cakes feature an irresistible crispy textured graham cracker base under a smooth, rare cheese cake. You will definitely want to enjoy the rich taste of this cheese together with a cup of tea or coffee.
Iced Coffee
2Must Eat !
Iced Coffee / ¥750
Kaikado Cafe’s iced coffee is made using coffee beans from Nakagawa Wani Coffee, a cafe popular among Japanese coffee lovers. It is served in a cup that was developed for the opening of the cafe by Kaikado. The design, which is based on a tea caddy, offers the chance to touch a new work made in a traditional craft tradition. The fragrant coffee aroma that wafts over the moment you enter the cafe is sure to make you want to order a coffee. Hot coffee is also available.
Three types of teas from Postcard Teas
3Let's Try !
Three types of teas from Postcard Teas / All ¥700
The London specialty tea shop Postcard Teas has provided three types of teas for Kaikado Cafe: the classic and very palatable English Breakfast Tea, Earl Gray with Lemon Oil, which features a refreshing aftertaste, and Supernatural (Japanese Green & Black Tea), a blend of English black tea and Japanese green tea leaves. After just one sip you’ll notice the faint fragrance of Japanese tea. The cafe’s teas are created according to recipes direct from the owner(s) of Postcard Teas and will make...more you feel just like you’re in the UK.
Kaikado tea caddy with Postcard Teas
4Let's Try !
Kaikado tea caddy with Postcard Teas / ¥ 12,000 -
Kaikado tea caddies come in tin, brass, and copper. Produced as a collaborative product with Postcard Teas, a tea specialty shop located in London, the caddies are engraved with Postcard Teas’ cute logo. Remove the caddy lid and the Postcard Teas teapot logo also looks as if its lid has been removed. Because these caddies seal tightly, they can also be used as containers for storing pasta or sweets–not just for leaves. Handle your caddy each day, and you can also enjoy watching it change the col...moreor of it beautifully year by year. Just be careful to avoid washing your caddy in water. Caddies come in two sizes: 120 g and 200 g.
How to Order & Eat
All products are labeled in English, which is reassuring for foreign guests. Other drinks, such as apple juice, orange juice, and even beer are also available.
- Order Tips -
Orders can also be placed in English. The cup used to serve the free glass of water after you have found yourself a seat is also a handmade Kaikado product.
Kaikado Cafe interior Photo
The light shades for the lighting used to illuminate the store were also created by Kaikado for the cafe. Design books are displayed on shelves, and the overall shop interior is designed to have a simple and modern ambiance.
Kaikado Cafe Interior photo
The open terrace is located down the back of the store. This is a perfect spot during the autumn. With trees planted all around, customers are sure to feel they’re spending cafe time in the middle of nature
Kaikado Cafe Appearance Photo
Kaikado Cafe
Categories Cafe
Phone +81 75-353-5668
Address 352 Sumiyoshicho, Kawaramachi Shichijo, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions ・5 minute-walk from Keihan Shichijo Stn.
Hours 10:30am - 7pm (Enter by 6:30pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Thursday and 1st Wednesday from September in 2016
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, AMEX / Accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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All items on the menu are written in English and 2 members of staff are English speakers (not always there). Their polite service also offers the opportunity to experience Japanese hospitality.
Menu Japanese, and English
Languages spoken Japanese, English (not always there), and Chinese
Number of seats 40 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Kaikado Cafe +81 75-353-5668 -1/3

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