May. 08, 2019 UPDATE

GOOD TIME COFFEE(itonowa)

A modern café serving drip coffee out of a 100-year-old refurbished Kyoto townhouse
Sitting a 10-minute walk from the JR Tambaguchi station, “GOOD TIME COFFE” has made itself at home inside a refurbished Kyoto townhouse built over 100 years ago. Owner of GOOD TIME COFFEE, Murata, opened this café with the vision of offering a new kind of charm in the form of a space for cultural exchange built from a refurbished old and unused townhouse. Murata also wanted to bring life back to the area as well, by having GOOD TIME COFFEE be a part of the community and interact with its members every day. On top of this, Murata put out the call for like-minded people to come and set up shops in the same location as GOOD TIME COFFEE. The result has been the formation of the “itonowa” market. All sharing the common theme of “Ito” meaning thread in Japanese, a mix of warming and welcoming stores, such as Zakka miscellaneous goods stores, antique shops, and dress rentals, have all come together in this spot. Inside GOOD TIME COFFEE, owner Murata has placed things like their favorite old books, manga, and antiques around the place, so you can even enjoy this café as a bit of a gallery as well. Everything at GOOD TIME COFFEE can be ordered to go, so if the weather’s nice, we recommend grabbing something here and heading to a nearby park or Kyoto’s lovely Kamogawa river for a picnic.
Drip Coffee (Brazil, Ethiopia, and Timor-Leste)
1Recommended
Drip Coffee (Brazil, Ethiopia, and Timor-Leste) / ¥400 (Inc. Tax)
Carefully poured one cup at a time, this hand drip coffee is GOOD TIME COFFEE’s signature drink. There are three roasts to choose from here, light, medium, and dark. The light roast using Ethiopian beans has a refreshing flavor with a characteristically fruity aroma and sharp acidity. The medium roast using Brazilian beans has a mild sweetness with fragrant nutty notes. The dark roast using Timor-Leste beans has a pronounced bitterness, with a hint of sweetness, and a soft acidity. Being able to choose different roasts based on personal preferences is one of the great things about GOOD TIME COFFEE.
Kamonegi Sandwich
2Recommended
Kamonegi Sandwich / ¥700(Inc. Tax)
This Kamonegi sandwich features wonderfully fragrant duck meat sandwiched between two pieces of soft yet crunchy bread. This sandwich is not only stuffed with Kamonegi duck meat but also a considerable helping of crunchy scallions and Shimeji mushrooms. The hint of sweetness you’ll taste comes from the secret ingredient of white miso. This sandwich epitomizes Kyoto in every single way.
BLT Sandwich
3Let's Try!
BLT Sandwich / ¥700(Inc. Tax)
This is your classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato, BLT sandwich. The delicious smell of bacon fat, crunchy lettuce and juicy tomato paired with black pepper mayonnaise, come together to make a spicy sandwich with a deliciously acquired taste. This BLT isn’t as heavy as the Kamonegi sandwich, so it’s perfect for when you’re looking for something small to eat.
Seasonal Fruit Sandwich & Choco Chunk Cookies
4Let's Try!
Seasonal Fruit Sandwich & Choco Chunk Cookies / ¥750 (Inc. Tax) | ¥190(Inc. Tax)
The fruit in this fruit sandwich changes seasonally, but this time we were able to snag one of the strawberry sandwiches. The sweet and sour strawberries go absolutely amazing with the mild flavors of the custard cream. The addition of condensed milk work to give the sandwich an even sweeter milky flavor. This sandwich is sure to be a hit with people of all ages. The hand made choco chunk cookies are made with a good helping of deliciously sweet chocolate. And it goes without saying, these soft and chewy cookies, go down perfectly with a nice big cup of coffee too.
How to Order

how to order - GOOD TIME COFFEE

GOOD TIME COFFEE have an English menu as well, so you should have no problem ordering in English at the counter. 

After ordering, go inside and find a nice place to sit down and wait for your order.

Everything on the menu can be ordered to go as well, so this place is great for when you want to have a picnic at a nearby park or Kyoto’s famous Kamogawa river. 


- Order Tips -

GOOD TIME COFFEE also houses several different shops at the back of the café, so definitely check them out after eating.


*Ziro Zakka:

A Zakka miscellaneous goods store filled with hand made designer goods.

Open: 12:00 - 19:00

*Only open Fri/Sat/Sun

Website:http://www.ziro-zakka.com


・Ameria Japonica

A Kimono specialist built on the concept of “Cute Kimono you’ll want to wear every day.”

Opn:11:00 - 17:30(Studio)

*Only open on weekdays. Visits require reservations (Sat/Sun also available

Website:http://ameria-japonica.com


・Gallery Ichima

An antique shop with antique pottery and the like.

Open: Reservation required

Closed: No set closed days 

Website:http://leclassique.shop-pro.jp


・Succulents Hinakota (Currently Closed)

A store growing and selling their own succulents.

Website:https://www.instagram.com/hinakota29/?hl=ja


・atelier & shop muu

A cute shop making and selling handmade clothes and accessories. 

Open: Weekdays - 11:00-17:00 | Weekends and Holidays - 12:00-19:00

Closed:Wednesdays (Possibly closed other days too)

Website:http://www.muu-you.com/


・vintage wedding dress Koume

Photo studio and rental shop of vintage wedding dresses from America and Europe.

Open: Reservation required

Closed: No set closed days

Website:http://vintagedress-koume.net


・KAI Antiques

An antique shop mainly focusing on Kofu antique materials and cloth.

Open: 12:00 - 17:00

 *Only open on Saturday or Sunday

Website:http://www.kai-antique.com

3.7 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
Price
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Vanessa
3.7 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
GOOD TIME COFFEE offers toasted sandwiches and drip coffee all from an over 100-year-old refurbished Kyoto townhouse. I way prefer toasted sandwiches to regular sandwiches, so the seasonal fruit sandwich (Strawberry) with its pairing of rich custard cream and strawberries was heavenly. There were also a ton of really interesting little shops, so I reccomend checking them out after you've finished eating. If you love Kyoto and love coffee, you're sure to have a great time!
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GOOD TIME COFFEE(itonowa)
Category Cafes
Phone +81 75-202-7824
Address Eng: 357 Tsukinuke 2chome, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8364 Jap: 京都府京都市下京区突抜2-357
Directions ・10 Minute Walk from JR Tambaguchi Station ・20 Minute Walk from JR Kyoto Station ・20 Minute Walk from Hankyu Omiya Station ・2 Minute Walk from City Bus Shimabaraguchi Bus Stop
Open Hours 11:00 - 19:00 Cafe:10:00 - 18:00
Reservations Unavailable
Closed Cafe:Wednesday Other Stores: No Set Closed Days
Price range
Credit cards Unavailable
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Close to JR Tambaguchi Station, so definitely make use of the JR line.
Menu Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats Around 20
Private dining rooms Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking Non-smoking
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