Cafe El Greco in Kurashiki Bikan Quarter

Cafe El Greco in Kurashiki Bikan Quarter

Hola amigos. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like introduce Cafe El Greco in Kurashiki Bikan Quarter.

Cafe El Greco in Kurashiki Bikan Quarter

Cafe El Greco is right in the middle of Kurashiki Bikan quarter. Since it opened in 1925, it is like a part of history of Bikan quarter itself.

Walk though the door and you are back in the old days. Cheesecake and cold drinks.

Some antiques are displayed in a gallery room. They look classy and valuable.

Let’s call it a day.


Name Cafe El Greco
Access 1-11 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama
Business Hours 9:20-17:20
Closed: Mondays
Contact 086-422-0297


How do you find it? FYI, it is also next to the Ohara Modern Art Museum.

Cafes in Japan: Honky Tonk (Old-style Japanese Cafe)


Howdy? Been stuck in kitchen lately as you see. Allow me to get some fresh air this time. There’s been this Kissaten (old style Japanese cafe) called Honky Tonk for literally decades in Okayama City.

Honky Tonk old-style Japanese cafe: Signage

I’ve passed by more than a thousand times but never made it for a drink. Well, it just doesn’t look like for kids. Anyway I am a grownup now, so I should be qualified finally.

Our cafe hopping history.

Grabbing a coffee in Japan

Kurashiki Coffee: Siphon Coffee Specialty Cafe

Exploring Starbucks Concept Stores in Japan: Kitano, Kobe

Honky Tonk: an old-style Japanese cafe

It actually does look cool, doesn’t it? Though sure a seventeen-year old Yoshi (me) wouldn’t have been brave enough to enter such a place for a cappa joe.

Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Front


As you enter, its own coffee bean roaster welcomes you. Cool.



Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Counter
Shop’s counter: It might be a good idea to seat at this area if you want to keep a distant from tabacco smoke.



It looks like from TV drama or something…..



Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Iced coffee aparatus
This is one got me really excited. (Ren)


Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Menu line-up
Honky Tonk’s menu (shop’s blend, coffee with milk and straight)


Honky Tonk also serves sweets and light meals like sandwiches.

Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Interior
The cafe is filled with antique furniture.


I shall have a seat now.

Foods & Drinks

Ren (Mrs. Wada) got specialty coffee called Cleopatra. I got one called Mocha Matari together with a baked cheese cake.

Here it comes.


My coffee had bitterness and heavier aftertaste than my regular coffee (sorry I don’t know how to describe coffee). On the contrary, Ren’s coffee had more (good) sourness so it sorta worked pretty well with sourness of the cheese cake, I think. Good combination.

Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Gorgeous cup and saucer
Gorgeous cup and saucer with a golden spoon


Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Delicious baked cheese cake
Baked cheese cake – goes so well with coffee


Turns out smoking is allowed at this cafe (not in a separate room). I was a little surprised there is still such a place in this era! Be warned if you don’t smoke.


We liked both drinks and food but the smoke. Unfortunately, I’d have to deduct many points. We will keep looking for more cafes and report here. Stay tuned.

See you around!

Shop Name Honky Tonk
Business Hour 9:00-20:00 (Closed every 3rd Friday)
Address 9-25, Nishimachi, Nishifurumatsu, Okayama city
Phone number 086-243-6868
Website (only in JP)