喫茶ヴィオロンCafé Violon is an elegant retro-style coffee shop on 松原通Matsubara Street next to みなとや幽霊子育飴本舗Minatoya Yurei Kosodate-Ame Honpo, a Japanese sweets and tea shop known for a certain candy that a ghost bought every night many years ago for her baby; 六波羅蜜寺Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple is also close by. They pride themselves on serving coffee from unique beans of the small-scale plantations and limited regions from which they come; they also seem to specialize in wine, accompanying these two with a background of classical music…sounds like a pretty classy place to me. I had passed Café Violon a couple of times and had been curious about the place but it wasn’t until a couple of months before this post on my way to dinner at Restaurant Volver at Omnibus 柴洋sibayo that I decided to drop in really soon.
I ended up going to Violon after work one weekend on a dismal rainy day in mid-December last year; the red brick-tiled and white exterior gave off warmth added warmth to the gray day.
When I walked inside, I was greeted by a calm atmosphere enhanced by, you got it, violin music. There were already two groups of elderly customers who seemed to have been settled in for quite some time quietly chatting over cups of coffee. I chose the table by the white-curtained window that looks out to the front; the dark brown sofa seats were smooth and cushy and as soon as I sat down, I knew it’d take some willpower to get up again.☺
the view from my seat
and the view from the restroom area
The チョコレートケーキchocolate cake, ￥500, sounded good and after hearing the gentle staff’s (I assumed he was the owner) description of it (a mix between a gâteau au chocolat and chocolate cake), I ordered it with a カフェオレcafé au lait, ￥600…seriously, café au lait is almost a must for me during the winter, it seems to warm me to the core.
The cake was moist and perfectly sweet and complemented my delicious café au lait just like the staff had recommended…not only that, I love how my napkin came folded into the shape of an elegant bird.☺
Matsubara Street is a narrow and busy street where pedestrians fight for walking space with the cars that also pass through to get to 東大路通Higashioji Street but inside Violon it was easy to forget where I was and what I had done before I arrived…I felt like I had been transported back to another time, about several decades ago in Kyoto. I ended up being the only customer for a bit before I left in search of another café. Although I’m sure the visit would have been as pleasant on a beautiful sunny day, maybe I’m biased but I thought the rain was the perfect romantic backdrop for my first visit there.