Meet Kikuchi-san, the owner and manager of sioribi, a centrally located café and chill spot close to Matsumoto City Art Museum. Kikuchi-san converted an old electrical appliance shop into the cozy, hip and artistic space that is it now, back in 2016. He wanted to create not only a friendly place for people to be able to catch up over a cup of coffee, but also an inspiring hub of creativity and expression free for all to use.
The second floor of shioribi
They have a selection of Japanese and English magazines and books to read while you relax
The second floor offers exactly that, with a nice, open space filled with a collection of books and magazines – some for sale, others free to be picked up and browsed through
The atmosphere is a mix of retro Japanese and mid-to-late 20th century European, with a selection of antique chairs and ornaments gathered from various corners of the world. With a selection of modern touches thrown in here and there, including a range of stylish stationary and notebooks for sale as well as messenger bags and locally made crafts, it definitely checks all the right boxes as far as hipster establishments go!
Various items for sale on the second floor
The first floor is predominantly a café/restaurant that serves a selection of hot and cold drinks, sweet and savory snacks and simple yet delicious hot meals. It also doubles up as a great place to sit back and watch the world go by from the large open-window shop front. The café also sells a selection of coffee beans to go, locally grown vegetables, jams, honeys and other seasonal goods.
Home cooked Curry and Rice at shioribi
The main café and first floor of shioribi
Just a few meters down the road shioribi also operate a small guesthouse for those looking for a place to spend a night or two. Space is limited so pre-bookings are almost always essential, these can made through their website at https://sioribi.jp/