Visitors to Kyoto never fail to make a pilgrimage of sorts to see the spectacular Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. But another must-not-miss if you’re in the neighbourhood has to be Inoda Coffee, a dining institution of sorts in Kyoto. Its rags-to-riches story is the stuff of legends: founder Inoda Shichiro discovered bags of coffee beans in excellent condition in post-war Kyoto. He took advantage of his good fortune and started a business which also gave birth to Kyoto’s coffee culture.
Inoda never looked back since. Its menu today consisted of good quality coffee, and with some of the best egg sandwiches and French toast one can ever find, not just in Kyoto, but anywhere for that matter. Inoda Coffee is located a couple of minutes’ stroll from the main gate leading to Kiyomizu-Dera.
Inoda’s café au lait, served in a tall glass.
French toast - it had the perfect texture. I was instantly hooked from the first taste.
Egg sandwiches - very moist egg filling, and some of the crunchiest cucumber slices went into those sandwiches.
Inoda has branches all over the city.