Small Cafes – Kitotenowa in Tsuruga

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Small cafes are the treasure of Japan. Include the fact that gratuity is not accepted, and there’s no reason to ever eat at home. When you consider the price of a tomato (almost $2) versus the $10 you’d pay for an entire meal and drink, it’s just not worthwhile (time or money) to prepare food for one person. This, ambiance, and study space are among the many reasons I frequent cafes in Tokyo and throughout Japan. They are one of the things I will sorely miss when I’m gone.

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On a recent visit to Fukui, I visited Kitotenowa with a lovely friend and her sweet daughter. Having just indulged in crab chowder at a seaside cafe an hour earlier, we were in no state for a second lunch. But coffee and dessert? We could handle that.

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The two-story cafe is gorgeous. Dark wooden borders, open spaces, mixed tables and chairs in a variety of natural woods. Accents and quirky decor. I fell in love.

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The sweets were also excellent. Roll cakes with cream and various veggie-inspired fillings. Gateau Chocolat with a perfect bitter to sweet balance. My brown tea coffee soy latte was also uniquely satisfying.

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The only unfortunate thing is that it’s located in an isolated area of Tsuruga, accessible only by car. Yet the area, newly renovated, is cozy. A bakery and other cafe sit next door. Door to door enjoyment. If you’re in the area, make sure to check it out!

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4 thoughts on “Small Cafes – Kitotenowa in Tsuruga

  1. I love how one can just sit/study/relax at their own pace by themselves in cafes in Asia. In Australia, going to a cafe is more a social thing, like a lunch date with a friend etc but sometimes I just want to do my own thing with yummy food on hand T.T

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