Review excerpt: Ichikawaya Coffee is housed in a 200-year-old machiya that has been in the Ichikawa family for generations. In 2015 the building was transformed into a cafe that is seductive, traditional and stylish. One of my favorite features is the coffee bar: a slab of unfurnished timber surrounded by a half-dozen bowl chairs. The inspiration for this most likely came from Inoda, one of Kyoto’s well-known coffee houses, which is also where the master of Ichikawaya Coffee worked for many years. The cafe also has a garden and more seats at the window to watch the world go by. Even a trip to the bathroom is an instruction in design.
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