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Inoda Coffee Sanjo

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Shinkyogoku Shopping District
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69 Masuyacho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-8111, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-223-0171
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Inoda is one of the reasons why we went back to Kyoto just for one day. It's so retro and so cute. We loved sitting at the coffee bar even though it's a smoking area. It's just so retro and cute! It's made you feel like time never changed in there. And the servers were the same like a few... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This place is always busy and expect to queue on weekends and public holidays. Like many of the long running cafes in Kyoto, this one does drop coffee. The shop is split into smoking or no smoking area. There's a mini garden with goddess statues towards the back of the shop. Looks quite pretty when it's snowing. You can sit... More 

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This classic coffee shop is a gem. Yes, the patrons looks old...because they are, but the people sitting around the counter are some of the greatest living national treasures in Kyoto. Ceramicists, laqureware artists, shop owners...they all come here for coffee and a cigarette. Not obvious to the tourist who is having coffee around the corner at Inoda Honten, but... More 

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015

Even though this is supposed to be a place for tourists to go and experience local coffee culture, it was more like visiting a retirement home. Find other coffee shops in the area.

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Thank John P
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Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

It is very retro place but they certainly know how to serve finest coffee. If you are sick of Starbucks coffee and the noise, then please try INODA coffee. You will fine the peace in the middle of Kyoto town. I don't know if other INODA branch is also not booming with tourists, but this Sanjo branch is really calm... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 31 January 2015

I wish there was a place like this closer to Manhattan, but having it in Kyoto makes it even more special. I've been there maybe ten times -- retro feel, and service is fun to watch. The server will bring a repeat client his reading glasses almost before he sits down. No better coffee this side of Italy.

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Thank RoyMitt
Kyoto, Japan
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

If you are a rabid anti-smoker stick with Starbucks but if you want to experience the Kyoto Coffee Shop at its best then Inod Sanjo round bar is where it's at.

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We walked by Inoda Coffee Sanjo when we're on the way to the Kyoto Museum;. Sanjo is full of nice coffee shops but we really liked the retro look of Inoda. It's such a nice suprise to see a round coffee bar at the back of this branch. It reminded us like the cafes in Lisbon. Service is really good,... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$9
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  • Address: 69 Masuyacho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-8111, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Shinkyogoku Shopping District
  • Neighbourhood: Shinkyogoku Shopping District
  • Phone Number: +81 75-223-0171

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Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Those who delight in shopping and cuisine will find themselves at home in Shinkyogoku. Lauded and visited by locals for its Nishiki Market, where baskets of fragrant spices, dried fish, and just-fried foods are piled high along the snaking streets of its enclosed outdoor shopping spaces, Shinkyogoku is not only a hub for fresh fare, but also for fast fashion fixes. Trends-in-the-making can be spotted in the tall windows of several one-of-a-kind stores featuring local labels and modish boutiques. Arcades, outdoor concert spaces, mega department stores, and small, enchanting cafes have sprung up to accommodate the increasing traffic. Whether looking for souvenirs and kitsch on Shinkyogoku Street, or scoping out the massive food court and restaurant floor at Takashimaya Department store, there's something for every wallet or purse, and a buyer for every item.
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