Through a small door is contrast of traditional and international flavors
Located in a wonderful area of Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kodai-ji temple, and Yasaka shrine, this café is a perfect hide-away between popular sight-seeing spots. The concept of the café is to provide a place where guests can feel comfortable and have fun inside of a 150 year old home. Kyoto, being the old capital of Japan, is full of long-standing houses. However, many old houses are remodeled with modern designs losing its characteristics. At Ochobo An, original parts of the building is still kept and maintained. The staircase and the size of entrance are unique and interesting to see. You may feel amazed at the dubiously small entrance door but don’t you worry, a friendly couple will be waiting to greet you. Inside of this old Japanese home is a contrast of traditional and international flavors. The café offers items such as pizza and western style breakfast. It’s very fun to have conversations with the friendly couple who runs the café. The man in charge of preparing most of the items in the kitchen is from Tunisia and speaks English, French, and Arabic.
Ochobo (Japanese wafers) / ￥600
“Ochobo” is a name referred to newly entered Maiko, or apprentice Geiko of Kyoto. The name projects the imagery of small and cute things. Reflecting the cafe name, their original sweets are called Ochobo. Adorable little wafers are filled with delicious “an,” or red bean paste. We recommend ordering these with a cup Kinako au lait.
Pizza / ￥1,000
Two choices of pizza are available: seafood, and tuna & sweet corn. The pizza bread is fluffy with cheese melting on top with home-made tomato sauce. The picture on the left is of a pizza generously topped with plump shrimp perfectly matching with melting cheese.
Kinako au lait / ￥650
Kinako is roasted soy bean powder often used in Japanese sweets. Kinako is blended with sugar and milk for this delightful warm Kinako au lait. Sprinkled on top are bits of colorful rice crackers. The latte is served in generous amount and its taste is sweetly satisfying.
Sit outside in the terrace / -
There is a wonderful outdoor space in the back part of the café. Not only does the cafe serves lattes, but also beer and other alcoholic beverages as well. Many guests enjoy having a beer outside during a sunny day. Enjoying some beer and pizza in the outside terrace would be an ideal way to spend a vacation or a day off, don’t you think?
How to Order
Don’t forget to check out some items you can buy as a gift. Ochobo as well as Kinako powder to make Kinako au lait are available by the entrance.
- Order Tips -
Drinks are discounted ￥200 if ordered with a dessert.
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Ochobo An / をちょぼ庵
|Address||420 Minami-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi|
|Directions||・17-minute walk from Gion Shijyo Stn ・3-minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus stop|
|Open Hours||11 am - 6pm (depending on season)|
|Reservations||Accepted except during high season. Reservations are for 3 or more people during bar time.|
|Closed||Open daily except otherwise noticed.|
|Notes||At least one item must be ordered per person. Smoking is allowed inside the café. Winter time closing days for 2016 are 1/18~1/22. Tuesdays are closed as usual.|
￥500 ~ ￥1,000 (cafe)
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends|
Many come back multiple times during their stay in Kyoto
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English, French, Arabic|
|Number of seats||25 seats|
|Private dining rooms||No|
|Non smoking / smoking||Smoking|