Kaikado Cafe: by historic tea caddy maker traditional Kyoto crafts
The owners of Kaikado café, Kaikado, is Japan’s oldest store selling Japanese tea caddies, the containers which store tea leaves. The company opened Kaikado Cafe so more people could get the opportunity to use traditional crafts which are the pride of Kyoto. Kaikado cafe serves tea, coffee, and even cheese cakes on handmade dishware which was produced in collaboration with well-known traditional Kyoto craftsmen. When you order iced coffee, Kaikado will serve your it in a glass made especially for the cafe in the image of a tea caddy. On top of that, the wooden boards used to serve cheese cakes are an original design from the famous Japanese wooden bucket maker Nakagawa-mokkougei. Lovers of traditional crafts will go crazy for 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 in Tokyo and London. For example, Kaikado’s teas are made using tea leaves sourced from Postcard Teas, a tea specialist in London. It’s so worth having one of their teas, as Kaikado has managed to keep the taste eerily similar to that of the tea as the shop in London. Another great part of this cafe is that the tea caddies that Kaikado is known for and the plates and glasses used in the cafe are all for sale. With a relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to enjoy works by skilled craftsmen, Kaikado cafe can be considered one of Kyoto’s tourist spots.
Cheese Garden Cheese cake / ￥500
Kaikado cafe’s cheese cake were created to resemble the shape of a tea caddy. The cheese cakes are specially ordered from Cheese Garden, a popular Kanto based cheese cake shop. Cheese Garden cheese cakes feature an irresistible crisp graham cracker base under a smooth, rare cheese cake. You’ll definitely want to enjoy this rich cheese cake with a cup of tea or coffee.
Iced Coffee / ￥750
Kaikado Cafe’s iced coffee uses coffee beans from Nakagawa Wani Coffee, a popular cafe among Japanese coffee lovers. The iced coffees are served in a cup that designed for the opening of the cafe by Kaikado. The design, which is based on a tea caddy, offers you the chance to touch and feel a new piece of art made with traditional crafting methods. The aroma of the fragrant coffee will fill your nostrils the moment you enter the cafe is sure to make you want to grab for a coffee. Hot coffee is also available.
Three types of teas from Postcard Teas / All ￥700
The London tea specialist Postcard Teas provideds three types of teas at 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 a sip you’ll notice the faint fragrance of Japanese tea. The cafe’s teas are made according to recipes direct from the owner(s) of Postcard Teas and will make you feel just like you’re in the UK.
Kaikado tea caddy with Postcard Teas / ¥ 12,000 -
Kaikado tea caddies come in tin, brass, and copper. Produced collaboration with London tea specialist Postcard Teas, these caddies are engraved with Postcard Teas’ cute logo. Remove the caddy lid and the teapot logo will look its lid’s been removed. Because these caddies seal tightly, they can also be used as containers for storing pasta or sweets–not just tea leaves. Handle your caddy every day and watch its color change over the years. Just be careful to avoid washing your caddy in water. Caddies come in two sizes: 120 g and 200 g.
How to OrderAll 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.
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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.
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Kaikado Cafe / 開化堂カフェ
|Address||352 Sumiyoshicho, Kawaramachi Shichijo, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi|
|Directions||・5 minute-walk from Keihan Shichijo Stn.|
|Open Hours||10:30am - 7pm (Enter by 6:30pm)|
|Closed||Thursday and 1st Wednesday from September in 2016|
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, AMEX / Accepted|
|Good for||Solo, Romantic, With Friends|
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|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English (not always there), and Chinese|
|Number of seats||40 seats|
|Private dining rooms||None|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|