Kyoto Snaps #1: Ogawa Coffee


Where have I been? What’s happened to my twitter? Hijacked? Deleted?

Non! I’ve been away jetsetting somewhere in Japan having a blast of a time eating and snapping photos and eating and walking and more. I think I need a holiday to recover from this holiday. While I sit back and couch potato the rest of my summer break, here are some snaps of Kyoto. Will be doing a whole series of ‘em so watch this space.

Here’s a café we really fell in love with. Kyoto, like us, is in love with coffee and she’s dotted with cafés all over. Not only is Kyoto predictably saturated with little teahouses that produce wonderful freshly whisked hot matcha, iced matcha, etc., Kyoto offers a whole range of cafés that roast their own beans, etc. So what I couldn’t understand was why there were about 4 Starbucks cafés all within walking distance in the downtown area I stayed at. It was lost on me why anyone would want a Starbucks when Kyoto could offer a brew that was delicious, rich, bold and very well-executed. Ok, not many places offered that.Ogawa Coffee, however, deserves a mention.


This coffee place has many stores in Kyoto and Osaka I believe. The Sanjo place is only less than 5 mins walk away from me. It was by far the best coffee I had in all of Kyoto as well, not to mention that the coffee art was très adorable and doubt I’ll find something as kawaii outside of Japan. An added win for this place is Akihiro Okada of this Sanjo café who is said to have won the Japan Barista Championship in 2008. He brews here on Fridays apparently. Although we didn’t get to see him, the dude (above) who made our coffee was a real sweetheart.

Just look at our cappuccinos. Anyone who makes a cuppa like that deserves to be called a sweetheart by my standards. I’m glad I skipped coffee at the hotel for this on a quiet weekend morning. Certainly helped shake off some of that airplane tiredness.

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The neatest little fern ever. Precious!

And never too early in the morning to have dessert for breakfast! A matcha swiss roll with vanilla ice cream and cornflakes on the side. Oh the flavours! This isn’t a breakfast for champions but it was a brilliant one to kickstart our holiday or ah, eating adventure to be more specific.


One other thing that made me grin like a nutter, tickled my toes and fluttered my heartstrings – the café bar. If you sit by it, what a pretty sight feeds your eyes. Pastel coloured coffeeware and flowers. And big polite smiles from the coffee staff. Flip, I love this place.

Ogawa Coffee (Sanjo Branch) 小川珈琲 京都三条店
96 Nakajima-cho, Sanjo
Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Nakagyo-ku

• Tel: 075 251 7700
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