Cafe / Coffee Shop Spots in Nara Area

  • Tenpyoan (Todai-ji Temple Branch)
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16 Todaiji Temple Yumeikaze Hiroba
    This is a Japanese confectionary store in the Yume-Kaze Plaza in front of the gate of the Todai-ji Temple in Kasugano Town, Nara City. The store makes sweets from locally grown ingredients such as Japanese Yamato-imo yam and Yoshino-kuzu arrowroot. A popular item is the Japanese hotcake sweet bean paste sandwich called Yamato sanzan dorayaki. They are made freshly daily with red beans, and flour and eggs from a Tokachi farm. There is also a cafe on the second floor where customers can enjoy sweets and Miwa Somen noodles.

    I was looking for something sweet on my way out from Nara Park, and this shop looked really nice! I bought a small strawberry daifuku and a matcha cake with white chocolate cream filling. Let me tell...

  • Café Kotodama
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Oka 1223
    This cafe located in Oka of Asuka Village, Takaichi County is run from a renovated sake brewery with close to 200 years of history. They offer their Kotodama Lunch based around fresh Asuka Village vegetables which changes every other week, and sweets including cakes and shaved ice made with Asuka Village fruits. Be aware that the only meal available is the Kotodama Lunch which is limited in supply. 

    Ate lunch today at Kotodama Cafe in Nara, Japan. It was a set menu and everything was not only beautiful to look at but was extremely tasty as well. The restaurant itself is an old house that has...

  • Ochanoko
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Konishichou 35-2 Cot mol 1F
    This cafe is located on Konishi Sakura-dori Street in Konishi Town, Nara City. As well as offering Yamato green tea, Taiwanese tea and sweets, the cafe also sells tea leaf products. The shaved ice made with reicha tea, a blend of 20 kinds of grain, is also popular.

    I’ve been here before & enjoyed the blue mallow tea (aka butterfly pea tea I believe?) & the delicious hojicha (roasted green tea) kakigori (shaved ice). The tea is fun because the blue tea turns...

  • Kanakana
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kunodouchou 13
    A café situated inside an old Japanese-style home in the Naramachi (Town of Nara) area centering on the former grounds of the Gango-ji Temple. The remodeled home still retains its old latticed and frosted glass windows, giving the café an old-fashioned yet somehow familiar atmosphere. The café’s signature menu item is the Kanakana-gohan, which comes with a variety of healthy Japanese side dishes, rice, and miso soup. The café’s full menu also includes cakes, pudding, and carefully selected beverages. Closest station: Kintetsu-Nara Station.

    Best cafe in Nara for sure. Probably best cafe in Japan and even in all Asia. *Maybe even the vest cafe in the world. Trust me. GO.

  • Kuruminoki (Ichijo Branch)
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Hourenchou 567-1
    A café situated in a home surrounded by greenery in Horen Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Frequently featured in magazines and other media, Kuruminoki is known for the lines that can form outside its door. The café’s signature seasonal lunch comes with weekly changing dishes such as obanzai cuisine and mazegohan rice made with an abundance of seasonal and local Nara vegetables. The café’s homemade, healthy sweets are also popular. The café’s tranquil grounds also accommodate a knickknack shop, apparel shop, and cake studio.

    ランチは予約制&完売でいただけなかったのですが平日のすいている時間帯だったのですぐに席へ案内してもらえました。シンプルなチェリーのケーキは驚くほど生クリームがおいしく、チェリーの下処理も完璧!こんなおいしいケーキはひさしぶりでした

  • TEN.TEN.CAFE
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16 inside a dream-style open-air
    This is a cafe located in Yume-Kaze Plaza in front of the Todaiji Temple Gate in Kasugano Town, Nara Prefecture. The signature dish on the menu is homemade waffles, made with carefully selected ingredients. Customers can enjoy not only sweet but also savory waffles such as the ratatouille waffles with seasonal vegetables. The singer Eigo Kawashima had an affinity to the cafe in his lifetime and in the cafe there are displays of his guitar, the costumes he used to wear as well as is an unofficial menu named after his songs.

    Waffles are a speciality - banana and chocolate ice cream / vanilla with maple syrup / fluffy omelette - rice with tomato sauce covered by raw egg and melted cheese - all very tasty. Not cheap but...

  • Quiche Specialty Shop Le Case
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 158 Inside Nara Park
    This is a quiche specialty shop inside the grounds of Nara Park in Kasugano Town, Nara City. They serve quiche made with organic vegetables, whole-wheat flour, rye wheat flour, fermented butter and organic eggs. At lunch they offer sets with soup and they also offer a weekday-only course (reservations must be made by 12:00 the day before). For takeout they sell 15 varieties of quiche including both side-dish and dessert types, available for purchase by the piece (a whole quiche requires reservation up to two days before). They also sell lunchboxes with quiche and soup.

    We found this hidden restaurant serving italian food and quiche during our visit to Nara. The Japanese chef lived in Italy and is interpretation of italian food was delicious. We travelled with our...

  • Shiratamayaeiju Saryo
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Miwa 660-1
    Shiratamayaeiju Saryo is a coffee shop adjoined to the Japanese sweet shop Shiratamayaeiju, located on National Route 169 in Miwa, Sakurai City. Visitors can enjoy a cup of matcha green tea with their famous monaka (wafer cake filled with red bean jam) which boasts a history of about 170 years. They also have a seasonal menu which includes chestnut zenzai (red bean soup) in the winter and cold kudzu noodles and chilled matcha green tea in the summer.

    とてもいい香りの最中です。皮のかをりは空也最中と遜色ありません。中の餡が少し甘めです。おおきさも2種類あり親切な設定です。個人的にはもうちょい甘さ控えめめが好みですが、そうなると2、3個食べてしまいそうです。

  • Pokupoku
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    5.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Shounamichou 23
    Pokupoku is a cafe located in Shonami Town, Nara City. The menu, made up of dishes using the Nara brand Yamato pork, has become somewhat of a specialty. Guests can enjoy the full flavor of Yamato pork in dishes such as pork cutlet with salt, and pork steak. They also have a cafe menu too with drinks and other treats.

    奈良公園から小路を散策していると気になるお店が目に入りました。一見するとカフェのようなお店、実態はとんかつ屋さんです。 10席強のコンパクトなお店、店内の装飾もおしゃれです。 ヤマトポークという豚肉は初めて聞きました。とんかつのほかに生姜焼きやトンテキ、カツカレーもあり迷いましたが1番おすすめというとんかつをいただきました。 ソースで食べることが多い私です塩がおすすめということで試してみまし...

  • Machiya Cafe, KANNA
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nishiterabayashichou 19-2
    The Japanese-style cafe, KANNA, shares the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese home with an inner courtyard and Japanese style furniture, resulting in a space of comfort and boundless hospitality. A popular choice from the menu is “Kanna's little box, a beautiful little tiered box of exquisite Japanese sweets. They also serve light meals such as Yamato no Chagayu (tea rice porridge), and Taidashi Chazuke (boiled rice with sea bream stock poured over it). The store is about 10 minutes on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line.

    We stopped in here on a late cold rainy afternoon and had the most delightful delicious experience. The cafe is cozy, warm, and peaceful. The tea is the best I’ve had since arriving in Japan. We...

  • Ogawamatabei Shoten (Naramachi Branch)
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasasagichou 8
    This is a liquor store located in Kasasagi Town, Nara City. It is a long-established store founded in the beginning of the Meiji period, registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of the country. The sake specialty store offers a wide range of sake from the local sake breweries of Nara prefecture. Visitors can also casually enjoy sake, wine, and beer in the shop cafe.

    Great little place across from a small temple. Outdoor seating, large selection, and a great price. Not very many places offer seating outside so this is the place to grab a cold one

  • Bolik Coffee
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nishinoshinyachou 40-1
    This café in Nishinoshinya Town, Nara City offers their own roasted coffee, baked sweets, coffee jelly made with their coffee, and coffee jelly parfait using Russian condensed milk. They also offer a food menu with dishes including the Bolik Soup Set Meal, which comes with genmai (unpolished rice) and a large soup bowl, and the Borscht Set.

    Great to recover from a day walking around Nara with a great selection of drinks and delicious cake ! Many thanks for the treat !

  • Cafe Cojica
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Sanjouchou 547
    Located inside a renovated 120-year-old private house, Cojica sources all of its ingredients locally for its plentiful menu. This mother-friendly café has everything from a tatami room to a spacious toilet, where mothers can change their babies’ diapers or breastfeed. The café also offers both classes which are enjoyable for babies and also classes which mothers will find enjoyable. This very special café not only serves delicious food, but also aims to backup mothers in any way it can. The café is a three-minute walk from the JR Nara Station.

    Delicious food! Good service and friendly staffs. The set meals were pretty reasonable for the price. The only thing was that the dessert is not up to expectations. The chocolate cake wasn’t moist...

  • Coffee Sanpo
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Oka 55-4
    This café in Asuka Village, Takaichi County, Nara, is situated across the street from the Asuka Village Office. Located in a remodeled classical styled house that exudes the taste of the former capital the shop has large windows and a relaxed atmosphere. In the rear garden you can sit on the terrace and look over Amakashi no oka hill and the site of the former Asuka Itabuki-no-miya palace. Carefully selected beans are roasted in house and the resulting hand dripped coffee is distinguished by its strong aroma and refreshing aftertaste. Along with their café menu they have a popular food menu with dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice.

    The cafe au lait is served in beaitiful handmade ceramic bowls. It was really good & so was the green tea cake. You can get filter coffee from specific regions & locally grown tea. The small cafe...

  • Naramachi Village
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Minamichichou 14-1
    This is a cafe gallery located in Minamiichi Town, Nara City. In the cafe on the first floor of the 80-year-old town house, curry with seasonal vegetables, pancakes with generous portions of seasonal fruits and mixed sandwiches with organic and unsalted roast ham is offered. On the second floor is the gallery used as a space to display art works.
  • Machiya Cafe noconoco
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichiguntakatorichou Kamitosa 57
    This cafe located on Tosa-kaido Street, in Kamitosa, Takatori Town was built in a roomy renovated pre-war rice granary. It offers breakfast sets, monthly lunches, and regular lunches including tofu hamburger steaks, fried pork cutlets, and curry rice, as well as sweets including parfaits, hotcakes, and monthly chiffon cakes.

    We stopped by for lunch on our way to see the ruins of Takatori castle. Wonderful, warm and welcoming service plus beautifully presented and delicious food - great value! We would have come back for...

  • Hinatabokko
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 3056
    This log house café is located in front of the Japanese-style inn Kato along Prefectural Route 15, in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town. They have a “local vegetable lunch” made with over 25 different types of organic vegetables harvested in the morning (reservation required), and a rotating daily menu called “Yoshino Teishoku,” which includes Yamato Pork cutlets and Kakinoha-sushi. They also have a dessert menu with items such as Kuzumochi and ice cream, all of which can be eaten while enjoying the views of the seasons at an altitude of 400 meters.

    吉野山下千本を眺める街道沿いに建つレストラン。猪串カツの看板が目立ちます。コーヒーも楽しめますがアイスクリームをテイクアウトして桜を眺めながら食べると気分が良いです。

  • Cafe TANNE
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    3.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Shimomikadochou 36
    This tranquil cafe offers a menu featuring cuisine, sweets, and preserved foods made with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and grains personally selected by the owner. Of all their lunch options, their special TANNE LUNCH served featuring mostly Japanese items attractively served on a cherry wood board are especially popular.

    Not used to write negative reviews, they generally seem pointless or gratuitous to me... but sometimes are needed. We entered Tanne Cafe late in the morning (something like 10:30 a.m.), the owner...

  • Hackberry
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Imaichou 1-3-3
    This café is located approximately three minutes on foot from Yagi-nishiguchi Station, in 1 Chome, Imaicho, Kashihara City. The café is inside a renovated old private house, with a distinctively large hackberry tree. It has a plentiful menu with items such as German-style pancakes cooked in a Dutch oven and packed with fillings, and Kashihara bibimbap created by arranging authentic recipes from all across Jeonju City, Korea.

    The menu, though short, offers interesting dishes. I chose the hearty (and healthy) avocado poke bowl; my friends were happy with their choices of hamburg steak meal and green curry served inside...

  • Fukokuen
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 2-2-35
    This is a cafe near Horyu-ji Temple, in Horyuji 2-chome, Ikaruga Town. It was built in 1887 and was used by officer of the court Harufusa Kitabatake when he lived in a nearby residence in his later years. They serve lunch with Nara foodstuffs, sweets including shaved ice, coffee made with organic beans, all served in traditionally-made Akahada-yaki ware. 

    一品ごとに丁寧に説明いただき、親切で気配りな対応のスタッフさんでした。 メインの竜田揚げも大変美味しかったのですが、お豆腐、そうめんも美味しくて、満足なランチでした。

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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