The cafe is kitted out in self-consciously cheap-ish, hip-ish DIY decor; seating is divided between counter seats and long tables. You can peruse any reading material you find in the bookshop as you while away the minutes or hours.

Kitayama is five stops on the subway from downtown Kyoto, but it might as well be a million miles away for the tourists who trudge around the city in search of Kyoto tropes: temples, shrines, teahouses and geishas who are more than likely tourists ...

You don’t have to be hip to enter Cafe Independants, but it helps. Located in the basement of the old Mainichi Shimbun Kyoto bureau, Independants is the kind of cafe frequented by the artsy set. There is a version of this cafe in every ...

The Italian-esque fare is far from the best (or the best value) in town, but it’s worth it for the pleasure of open-air dining to the sound of lapping water while watching the Chuo Line trains rumble past.

Cafe Ibaraki Yu was once a public bath, and architect Shigeharu Kuriyama from Design Saho makes no attempt to disguise this legacy.

The burgers are the real deal, delicious and accompanied by fries, a side salad and coffee.

There can be no doubting that Snow White's beauty derived in part from the Seven Dwarfs' lack of it. But what they lacked in looks, they made up for in charm. This is how you should approach Hagi, a cafe of considerable charm and ...

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