|Sampo[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
This Starbucks on Kyoto’s famous Ninen-zaka slope was just opened in June 30, 2017, so everything inside of it looks really pretty, especially the Japanese garden in the back. Just think about it: a Starbucks that has its own Japanese garden. Hard to believe, but in Kyoto, even this is possible.
They even have a washbasin, called tsukubai, likes of which you can often see in Japanese gardens.
It must not have been easy for Starbucks to get this location approved, and there are many rules, like that people are not allowed to line up in front of the café, but have to do this in a park close by, from where a member of Starbucks staff will take you to it.
This is what we had to do on the day it opened, and we were number 135 and 136 in line, so it took around an hour and half to actually get to the café.
Once inside, even the showcases look dark and fancy. You first buy the sweets and food you want, and then you get a ticket with which you can get your drink from a barista by the Japanese garden in the back.
Everything inside looks very chic, from the bar counter to the Japanese garden.
We couldn’t find seats on the second floor, so we had our drinks here on the first floor. If there are no seats, you can’t wait inside, but have to go outside. So you are forced to “take out” your drinks.
We had the new chocolate cake Frappuccinos, one with a matcha shot, and one with a double espresso shot. This was my first time having a Frappucino with cake, and I must say I would prefer to have the cake not in my drink. But having the coffee one with double espresso made it quite bearable; you could even say almost delicious.
Maybe the best part about this Starbucks is that if you look closely at the lantern on top of it, you will see it has the original logo on it.
If you want to go to this Starbucks, it is located on the Ninen-zaka slope, just before the stairs begin. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.