Enjoy great sweets and the traditional tableware at the Japanese café Ten by Kiyomizu Temple
There is a shop near Kiyomizu Temple, on the street that is lined with busy souvenir shops, which recently comes up a lot on social media: the Japanese café & shop of Ten.
They are especially famous of their no-bake green matcha cheesecake that has a marbled pattern on it. This artistic cheesecake just screams “Take a picture of me!”
The reason for the popularity is not only in the looks. They use matcha by the venerable Kyoto tea shop Ippodo, and the carefully crafted cakes are delicious. Cute and delicious; of course they are popular.
The café is quiet and has a relaxing atmosphere. They sell souvenirs by the entrance, so take a look at them too, and remember to visit this café when going to Kiyomizu Temple!
No bake matcha cheesecake
/ cheesecake with Drink set ￥1,200(+tax)
If you come to Ten, you can’t leave without first trying their classic no-bake matcha cheesecake. When eating the cake with a fork, it is so soft it almost jiggles like jelly when cutting it. The taste is surprisingly mild, fresh; you can feel the elegant taste of Ippodo’s matcha in it too. There are black sesame seeds in the crust, and the fragrance of them makes eating this cheesecake something that could become a habit.
The cake is so good it is gone in a flash. This famous cake is as good as its reputation, so I wanted to order another one.
Matcha parfait with roasted soy flour ice cream
/ Parfait with Drink set ￥1,100(+tax)
The other famous sweet at Ten is their parfait that is made with roasted soy flour ice cream. This fun parfait contains matcha warabi-mochi rice cakes, red bean paste, chestnuts, and other ingredients. The fragrance of roasted soy flour is really strong in this parfait so this is something that can’t be overlooked by roasted soy flour (kinako) lovers.
Green tea latte
/ ￥900 (+tax)
This matcha café au lait is their most popular drink. There is some red bean paste and a mint leaf as an accent on the cup, and there is actually matcha ice cream inside the drink, so it feels really luxuries. This matcha au lait can be enjoyed as a drink, or because of its strong taste and the ice cream, it can also be thought of as a sweet.
Handmade crafts in the souvenir corner
Right after entering the café you get to see these souvenirs. This cafe is run by Kyoto Lakobo, a company which makes paper products, and originally the café was a shop selling their products. The paper products made them are so cute and have warmth in them that makes you want to pick them up. They even sell the same tableware they use to serve their dishes also in the shop, so if you happen to like them you can also buy them. Ten is not only about no-bake cheesecakes but also about souvenirs!