Kamakura is a thriving tourist destination that is found less than an hour away from the city of Tokyo. This city that once held great political power in the past has declined to a simple fishing village. Even so, it didn’t stop the city from attracting tourists not only in Japan but around the world as well.
Because of the popularity of the many temples and shrines that surrounds the city like the Great Buddha of Kotokuin and the Hase-Kannon Temple, plenty of shops had opened to attract the tourists that visit the city. Among these shops are cafes that had recently become popular because of the food, culture and the unique taste that is only found in Kamakura.
Take a break from your journey and dine in these 10 cafes in Kamakura that will impress you.
1. Itsuki Garden (樹ガーデン)
Itsuki Garden is a beautiful cafe surrounded by trees and nature. This nature themed cafe is very popular and a great place to relax and take it easy. The seasonal changes, especially during autumn, makes the place more lively. Surprisingly, you can find the garden via Daibutsu hiking trail.
Address: 917 Tokiwa, Kamakura 248-0022, Kanagawa
2. HOA Cafe (ホア カフェ)
A beach, a cup of coffee and donuts, what more can you ask for? For those who love donuts, HOA Cafe is a one-stop cafe for your guilty pleasure. With a great view of the beach and a convenient place to pass the time, the cafe can get crowded during the weekends so don’t be afraid to order take-outs!
Address: 6-4-24 Zaimokuza Kamakura Kanagawa
3. amalfi DOLCE & amalfi CAFFÈ
Amalfi Caffe is an impressive shop that has a scenic view of the sea. Unfortunately, there are not many seats available, and it can get very crowded really easily. Aside from cakes and desserts, they also have authentic Italian cuisine for those who are looking for something to eat aside from pizza.
Address:1-3-14 Shichirigahama Kamakura Kanagawa
Website: http://www.be-value.co.jp/restaurant/amalfi_DOLCE.html (Japanese Only)
4. OXYMORON (オクシモロン)
Oxymoron is a 10-minute walk from the Kamakura Station and when you get there, be prepared to wait in line. Although this cafe serves cake and desserts, their specialty is actually curry. Surprisingly, their curry has no sauce and is served on top of the rice. An interesting alternative for people traveling in Kamakura.
They have 2 branches in Kamakura.
Address: 1-5-38 Yukinoshita Kamakura Kanagawa (Komachi)
Address: 14-1 Onarimachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture (Onari)
Website: http://www.oxymoron.jp (Japanese Only)
ROOFTOPS Cafe and Diner is a bright and relaxing cafe that has great terrace views of the streets of Kamakura. Their specialty is burgers, and you’ll find yourself thinking of what kind of burger to have for lunch. Whether it be bacon or chicken burger, you’re bound to have a mouthful!
Address: 6F, 1 Chome-6-17 Komachi Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
6. Kamakura 24 sekki (カマクラ 24セッキ)
Kamakura 24 sekki is a bread and vegan specialty cafe in Kamakura. They only use organic vegetables and prefer to use natural yeast for their bread. Their vegetable sandwiches are highly recommended. If you like, you can also add vegetable soup for a delightful and filling meal.
Address: 923-8 Tokiwa Kamakura Kanagawa
Website: http://24sekki.p1.bindsite.jp (Japanese Only)
7. Patisserie Yukinoshita (パティスリー雪乃下)
Patisserie Yukinoshita is one of the hidden gems of Kamakura. This popular pastry shop that is found in the back alleys leading to Hachimangu Shrine, is sought after by those who love to eat something soft and sweet. Their macaroons and matcha tiramisu called “Bonsai” are known to be very delicious, and it would be a shame not to try it at least once!
Address: 2 Chome-7-27 Komachi Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://yukinoshita.info (Japanese Only)
8. Y’cafe (ユカフェ)
Y’Cafe is a simple and quiet cafe that is found in Kamakura. They serve desserts and sandwiches that are very affordable. The place also has a very homey atmosphere and is probably one of the reasons why this shop is well known in the area. This used to be an old house, but was later renovated to match the taste of the owner.
Address: 24-20 Sakanoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Website: http://ycafe-kamakura.com (Japanese Only)
9. Mill Coffee & Stand (ミルコーヒー＆スタンド)
Mill Coffee & Stand is one of those places where you can’t judge something at first sight. With a unique and rustic atmosphere, this coffee shop will surprise and amaze you. Their espresso is really nice, and they have a wide variety of drinks, pastries, and other items on their menu. Worth checking out while taking a stroll near Kamakura beach.
Address: 5-14-18 Zaimokuza, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
10. Kyukouan Takeno Niwano Chaseki (休耕庵 竹の庭の茶席)
Kyukouan Takeno Niwano Chaseki is a small teahouse found in Hokokuji Temple. You can enjoy their matcha tea accompanied by small Japanese sweets while looking at the bamboo forest. It really gives you a soothing and relaxing impression. A perfect remedy for those who are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Address: 2-7-4 Jomyoji Kamakura Kanagawa
Information in this article is as of January 2017.
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