CAFE KOCSI

In early April, I was hoping to spend the afternoon relaxing at the Nijo Very Berry Cafe while having some American pancakes and a honey mocha but before that I wanted to try another café for a quick lunch. After looking through 京都とっておきのカフェKyoto Totte-Oki no Café, I decided to go to CAFE KOCSI because it’s on the corner of Tominokoji Street and Aneyakoji Street in an area from which I can get to Very Berry easily. Because the sign to the café is subtle (like most here in Kyoto) and because I had my own image of the café’s exterior before going, I walked by it several times before I noticed the orange wooden sign.

During my 12 years here, I have often passed this building; had I taken notice of it housing a café sooner, I may have discovered CAFE KOCSI way before. I entered the building and went to the second floor where the café is.

the entrance to the café

“Kocsi” means “carriage” in Hungarian. The café is pretty much surrounded by windows on all sides, bringing in a lot of light during the day, and the parts that aren’t windows are a beautiful teal color. Tables with comfortable-looking sofas and chairs are dispersed throughout the café for chatting with friends over food and drink to taking a little nap by oneself (well, I don’t think that anyone goes with the intention of napping, it’s just that the atmosphere encourages it when one is a little tired). There are bookcases from which the customers are welcome to choose a book through which to peruse. With mismatching furniture and all kinds of unique pieces of decoration where the eye can see, one would hardly believe that this “chaos” is what makes the customers feel so at home.

I chose a seat at the counter by a window in the area near the entrance. A friendly staff member immediately brought me water and a menu. Having come with the intention of trying the quiche, I glanced over the menus before ordering the 本日のキッシュhonjitsu no kisshu (quiche du jour): 新玉ねぎとベーコンshin-tamanegi to beekon (new onion and bacon), ¥680.

Compared to other slices of quiche that I’ve had in Japan, this was a substantial size, plus it came with a side of salad dressed with a flavor that reminded me of my days of study abroad in France. Delicious…it made me want to try any other kind of quiche that the café could bake up.

As much as I wanted to try something from the dessert menu, I needed to save some room for the pancakes that I had intended to have since the night before. I read that the owner was originally a baker who opened up this café in 2000 to watch people’s reaction to his baked goods from close-by; one can also buy the 15-16 different types of breads on sale at the café to take home. Just another reason to make it over to CAFE KOCSI again. ☺

Update: Haha, I did such a good job of writing up this post that I got the urge to go after work yesterday! Despite the strange weather that we were experiencing, I made my way over…I had no trouble finding it this time.

I was offered a table by the window with comfy chairs which I took happily; I too.

the area next to the kitchen which I sat facing

the view of the kitchen area from my seat

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the rest of the dining area (I sat in the area behind the bookcase the first time that I came)

Since I hadn’t eaten anything all day (unless a small yogurt drink, milk and apple Pretz count), I was starving. Everything on the menu looked so good that it took awhile to decide (I had to turn away the waitress once) but finally I ordered the 鶏肉としめじリゾットtori-niku to shimeji rizotto (risotto de poulet et champignons), ¥850, which came with that salad.

I even ordered dessert and coffee ahead of time to be brought after I finished my meal.

はちみつとレモンのクレープhachimitsu to remon no kureepu (honey & lemon crêpe), ¥650, from the 本日のお菓子honjitsu no o-kashi (gâteau du jour) menu

my irresistibly-fluffy ホットハニーのフレーバーカプチーノhotto hanii no fureebaa kapuchiino (hot honey-flavored cappuccino, ¥600

Although I prefer my risotto more al dente, in a creamy, cheesy sauce the flavor was perfect, plus you can’t go wrong with the combination of chicken and mushroom. Another great combination: honey and lemon…needless to say the crêpe was delicious and just the right texture. For those who like their cappuccinos on the sweet side, the honey-flavored cappuccino is a definite recommendation.

It started pouring while I was there but being indoors in a cool café with yummy eats and drinks and a horoscope × blood-type analysis issue of an-an (a guilty pleasure of mine) and record-keeping to keep me busy, things couldn’t be better. After a couple of hours, I made myself go home but not before purchasing some bread in the café’s bakery.

フォカッチーナfokacchiina (focaccina), ¥130, and ソーシソンsooshison (saucisson), ¥210, which is a spicy croissant topped with a sausage and cheese

A deliciously-authentic experience of Italy and France in the couple of minutes that it takes to devour them.

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11 thoughts on “CAFE KOCSI

  1. Hi! I found your website looking for Cafe Kocsi. Me and my boyfriend Andreas met such a lovely girl working at Kocsi cafe. We met her and her friend at “A bar” in Kyoto on 11 October. We said we were coming to Cafe Kocsi the next day, but we never found the cafe! If you know this girl (short hair and speaks good English), please send her my email: alexandra.j.dumas@gmail.com and tell her we are sorry for not coming! Thank you!!!

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    • Thank you for checking out the website! So sorry for getting back to you so late! I haven’t been to CAFE KOCSI for a while but if I can find the girl you’re looking for, I’ll make sure to give her your email address the next time I go!

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      • Dear Hitori,

        Thank you very much. Unfortunately, I don’t remember her name, but if you talk to any of the employees of Cafe Kocsi, please ask if anyone met a Swedish couple last year and please give her my email address. Thank you very much!

        Kind regards,
        Alexandra

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      • Hopefully she still works there but unfortunately workers in cafes are always changing! Meanwhile I’ll have your information written down to pass onto her if I can meet her…I’ll let you know how things go!

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      • That is so sweet of you – thank you!

        Please do not go through any trouble because of us, just in case you are passing by the café!

        Sunny regards from Sweden!

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      • It’s no problem, I’m around the area at least once a week! I’ve been meaning to go back because there are some more things on the menu that I want to try anyway! It’s the least I can do for a reader of this blog! ☺

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      • Alexandra!
        I swung by CAFE KOCSI today and was able to meet a young woman who remembered meeting you guys at the A Bar last year when she went with her male co-worker whom she claimed is the better English speaker. I gave her your email address, so hopefully she’ll get in touch with you soon. Her name is Haruka by the way! 🙂

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      • Dear Hitori!

        I can not tell you how grateful I am for your help – THANK YOU! I am so happy she now will now that we didn’t miss her and her friend on Cafe Kocsi on purpose, I’ve had such a bad conscience for missing our appointment on our last day in Kyoto. Hopefully she will send me and email and I will be able to explain to her.

        Thank you for making this possible, and for your lovely blog! I miss Japan, but reading your blog is nice as well 🙂

        Kind regards,
        Alexandra

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      • You are so sweet, most people would just let it go! I’m sure Haruka and her co-worker are so pleased that you remembered them! I hope you hear from them soon! Thanks for reading my blog! I’m glad I could be of help; if there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know!

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      • Dear Hitori, once again thank you! Keep up the good work with your blog!

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      • Thanks, will do!

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