In KYOTO CAFE BOOK 2012, 築地Tsukiji was the only 老舗shiniise (shop of long standing) coffee shop to which I hadn’t been or seen down and it is pretty close to where I work, so I decided to go for a bit before work this past week. Tsukiji is on a little street right off Kawaramachi Street (on the other side directly opposite of the department store, OPA); it took me no time to find it.
After opening the front door, I had to go through saloon doors before actually making it into an atmosphere full of little tables the likes of what I found at フランソア喫茶室Salon de thé FRANÇOIS and 喫茶ソワレKissa Soirée with red velvet-upholstered antique chairs, preference of the founder of Tsukiji still upheld to this day. I was shown up to the second floor by the owner whose grandfather started the place in 1934.
looking down at the first floor going up the stairs
the view of the stairs at the top
an antique lover’s dream
This is the area in which I sat.
near the staircase
The young waiter upstairs brought me water; after a brief look at the menu which contained only coffee, tea and sweets, I gave him my order. He called my order down to the owner and pretty soon I had my coffee and cake.
チョコレートケーキchokoleeto keeki (chocolate cake), ￥350, when ordered with a coffee
ウィンナー珈琲Winnaa koohii (Vienna coffee), ￥550
Truthfully, the cake isn’t the best cake of its kind that I’ve had but it was good enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Besides, the coffee is what everyone comes for, especially what I ordered, and that was good; the way that it’s made, with real fresh cream, is said to be the same as when the coffee shop was started as most of what is there. The BGM is classical music, perfectly matching the décor. I would have stayed longer, especially since I was alone on the second floor in the end, but I had to go into work. I want to experience the first floor next time.