After seeing カヌレCanneles in a magazine about Kyoto cafes, I’d passed by the building in which it’s located several times unable to stop in due to other plans; one time I had the bad luck of stopping in on one of its unexpected holidays. This past weekend, I dropped by カヌレCanneles on the spur of the moment on my way to kátte after work.
Canneles is on the fifth floor, the very top of the JOY ビルBldg., on 河原町通Kawaramachi Street, north of 二条通Nijo Street (Nijo Very Berry Cafe二条店 is just ahead).
I was a bit wary of the old rickety elevator that opened on to a dark floor (spooky), until I turned to the left and saw the charming entrance to the café…the wooden door handle is shaped like a banana.☺
There were no other customers to my surprise, just me and the reserved owner who had a cute but quiet voice, like a subdued Japanese animation character, when she did speak.
All the seats afforded a great view of the café but I decided on the elegant two-seater closest to the entrance by the window that looked out on the intersection of Kawaramachi and Nijo.
a European parlor-like interior that most girls would love…in some ways the place reminded me of カフェ バーバチカкафе бабочка cafe babočka.
chic yet homey at the same time
freshly baked canelé (for which the café is named) at the front to be had there or to take home
The ビーフストロガノフbeef stroganoff, ￥1000, sounded good; it came with homemade pickles. For an extra ￥250, I had an iced coffee.
I ordered a カヌレ・ド・ボルドーcanelé de Bordeaux, ￥300, to be brought at the same time as my meal…did you notice that the suede coaster for my water is shaped like a canelé?☺
The stroganoff was mild but quite tasty; I could have just had it without the rice…the pickles were nice, too. All the canelé I’ve had before were chewy on the inside but this one was light and fluffy on the inside while maintaining the crispy and chewy exterior; although I was given a fork, I ended up just eating it with my hands. I even took one to go, as a small gift to Yae-san and Aki-san when I dropped in after Canneles.
An elderly couple arrived just as I was leaving; I hope they enjoyed their stay as much as I had.☺
I loved having the place to myself (since the place opens at 12:00pm and I got there before 1:30, it was probably still early for the café to be bustling); it felt so cozy that I told the owner that I wanted to live there at which she laughed…maybe I would have thought differently if I had to share the space with smoking customers (yeah, smoking is allowed here, unfortunately for me). During the day there is plenty of light coming through the windows that make up half of the walls of the café but I could imagine the dim lighting at night to create an intimate and low-key atmosphere…open until late hours (until midnight to be exact), it’s ideal for anyone wanting to have a drink after work or dinner. Yae-san said that the place is quite bustling at night and the canelé are known to sell out by then.