Bathhouse Cafe SARASA (Kyoto City)

Bathhouse Cafe Sarasa Kyoto

Hi, Mrs. Wada is back on duty. I’m going to introduce an interesting cafe in Kyoto City.

Bathhouse Cafe SARASA (Kyoto City)

As the title indicates, this place is a bathhouse, used to be, renovated into a cafe.

Look at that facade! Surely will catch your attention. We witnessed many passers couldn’t resist taking a peak, curious of what’s inside.

Amazingly, the entire wall is covered with decorative Japan-made majolica tiles.

Check out the lining under the table on the left side; under it is where the bathtub is.

 

Wall (no longer) separating men and women baths.

 

A huge hole in the ceiling to let the steam out.

 

 

Mr. Wada’s pick, a braised pork belly with onsen-tamago.

 

My pick, spicy chicken curry with rice.

 

Information

Name Cafe SARASA (さらさ西陣)
Access

11-1 Fujinomori-cho, Murasakino Higashi, Kitaku, Kyoto-shi

Business Hours 12:00 – 23:00
Contact 075-432-5075
Website https://www.cafe-sarasa.com/

Lastly

As you can see main features of the bathhouse still remain. I wanted to stay longer but we had to go to catch our train. I guess we have to visit and try their sweets next time!

How do you find it? Maybe a good place to hangout after a long day of temple-hoping? It’s open until 11 PM, how cool is that?

Thanks for dropping by!

Kominka Cafe ZENZAI (Kagoshima)

Furu Cafe Zenzai Kagoshima

Hi, Mrs. Wada here, back on duty. This time, I’m going to introduce the cafe we visited during our Kagoshima trip.

Kominka Cafe ZENZAI (Kagoshima)

The cafe’s name is ZENZAI, which refers to a sweet Japanese red beans soup with rice ball toppings. This cafe was featured in my favorite TV show “Furucafe-kei, Haru-san no Kyuujitsu“, a show that introduces traditional Japanese houses renovated into cafes.

Let’s go in!

 

Noticed the curved pathway in the picture above? That’s to give disadvantage to attacking enemies (giving them no clue to what’s ahead). This is one of the unique features of the house landscape in this area. This house is used to be a samurai house.

 

 

Artistic ceiling lights, made of different materials such as paper, glasses, bamboo, etc.

 

Chiffon cake with iced coffee (and a unique wooden fork!)

Oops, I should have ordered their specialty zenzai (only realized later on). It was a sunny day and just couldn’t resist ordering a cold drink.

Mr. Wada’s choice; matcha parfait with azuki (sweetened red beans) and (shiratama) sticky rice balls

 

So happy to get the window seat! Checking every corner of the cafe while recalling the scenes in the TV show.

Fully enjoyed the house and their food!

 

Information

Name 蒲生茶廊 ZENZAI(ぜんざい)
Access

2425 Kamigyutoku, Kamoo-cho, Aira-shi, Kagoshima

Business Hours 11:00 – 17:00
Closed: Mondays
Contact 0995-52-1164
Website http://kamouzenzai.com/

 

Lastly

I was worried that it might be crowded during the holidays, but it turned out alright, we didn’t have to wait long. It was actually a good thing we visited late in the afternoon to enjoy a relaxing time. It would have been nice also to explore the neighborhood.