Kagizen, a Japanese Confectionery Shop Established in Mid 1600`s, Shows New Face as a Modernly Decorated Cafe


When you enter the entrance of Zen Cafe, you will immediately know that you are on your way for a relaxing tea time reflecting its shop name. This cafe serves Japanese confectionaries that are changed according to season which you can confidently have high expectations as they are created by a long-running shop, Kagizen. When you are here, you will be listening to soft instrumental music playing in the background while having a break from the crowd. You will be seated in one of seventeen seats i...moren the cafe including spaces where shelves are set full of books for guests to grab and be read at their table. The cafe not only serves Japanese tea, but it also serves coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and carbonated water allowing more visitors to easily familiarize Japanese sweets.
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I love the fact that this cafe goes beyond traditional by offering coffee and freshly squeezed juice. There were customers reading books while enjoying their tea looking very comfy in their chairs! I would like to come back here whenever I want an alone time.
I experienced the cafe`s quiet space and great service, and the mood was gorgeous. My recommendation is Kuzu Mochi. After one bite, it melted pretty soon. Kuzu Mochi has a natural sweetness. First, please enjoy the Kuzu Mochi. Secondly, add Kinako. Finally, add kuromitsu so that you can enjoy three different tastes!
You can order seasonal fruit sandwich if you are a little hungry. They not only have Japanese tea, but also have coffee and cafe au lait too. I never had Kuzu Mochi like this before. It was really good! I like to put a lot of sweetend soybean powder on it.
Seasonal Japanese Sweets
1Must Eat !
Seasonal Japanese Sweets / ¥800 ( Drink set is ¥1,500)
This pastry is collaboration between Japanese traditional sweets and western style sponge cake. Ordering this can be a good way to be introduced to Kuri Yokan, a Japanese sweet red bean jellied paste with chestnuts. Cafe items can be ordered as a drink set which you can choose from Sencha (green tea), Hojicha (roasted tea), coffee, or cafe au lait.
Specially Arrowroot Puddings
2Must Eat !
Specially Arrowroot Puddings / ¥800 ( Drink set is ¥1,500)
Kuzu Mochi (arrowroot pudding) may not be too familiar outside of Japan, however it is a must eat sweets when you are in Kyoto. Experiencing the texture of it will be an unforgettable experience, and tasting it will be even more incredible. Soft jelly-like Kuzu Mochi melts in your mouth spreading its soft sweetness. It is recommended to try the pure taste of Kuzu Mochi by itself with one or two bites and then add in the brown syrup and soybean flour according to your likings.
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Juice
3Let's Try !
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Juice / ¥800
Seasonal Juice is freshly squeezed to order! Pink grapefruits and pears were used in this season's juice.
Kagizen Gift Shop
4Let's Try !
Kagizen Gift Shop
How about shopping for gifts right next door? Kagizen Gift Shop is located next door selling little seasonally made sugar confectioneries and more. Both ZEN Cafe and Kagizen Gift Shop are branches of Kagizen, a long-running shop continued for 15 generations.
How to Order & Eat
How to Order & Eat ZEN CAFEAsk for the English menu if needed. Try saying some of the items such as "Kuzu Mochi" in Japanese !
- Order Tips -
Ask to be seated in front of the book shelf if you want to enjoy your solo time fully with books and cafe items.
Appearance Photo ZEN CAFE
Categories Cafe, Wagashi(Japanese Sweets)
Phone +81 75-533-8686
Address 570-210 Gion-machi Minami-gawa ,Higashi-yama-ku, Kyoto
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gion-Shijo Station
Hours 11am - 6pm (L.O.5:30pm)
Reservations No
Closed Mon. (if Monday is a national holiday, the store will be closed the following day)
Price range
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¥1,000 - ¥2,000
Credit cards Accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English menu is available, however no pictures are on the menu.
Menu English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 17 seats
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
ZEN CAFE +81 75-533-8686 ¥1,000 - ¥2,000 1/3

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