Kamakura is a popular tourist destination for day trips from Tokyo among both Japanese and foreigners as it has been the setting for many famous anime and films. Other than ancient temples, the giant Buddha and the Shonan sea, there are many restaurants and cafes unique to this area. In this feature, we introduce a cute cafe in Kamakura: a great little space to enjoy a meal or drink.
Known as Tsubame Cafe, from the outside the building looks like it is someone’s residence and has stood here for 85 years. Just a 10-minute walk from Kamakura Station, this cafe offers organic, healthy food and has a charming, age-old feel to it.
By the gate, you can see the sign in Japanese (燕カフェ).
The cafe’s business hours are subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.
As soon as you step in, you will be transported to a realm of quiet with warm light streaming through the windows.
Dried flowers adorn the space adding a touch of brightness and bits-and-bobs are scattered in nooks giving it a homely feel.
The furniture is all vintage. Just looking at the furniture and the light from the windows will make you feel unbelievably relaxed.
There are plenty of drinks to choose ranging from herbal teas to coffee.
You can also choose a set that includes a dessert and a drink. Lunch is also available in limited quantities. Make sure to arrive early on weekends.
The menu changes seasonally to ensure the food served uses the best, fresh seasonal produce of Japan.
Look how elegant even the Cola Float is here!
Attention to detail is what makes this cafe special.
The annin-dofu came with ice cream, fruit pieces, and was silky smooth and soft.
If you plan to visit Kamakura for a day trip, make sure to stop by here.
Tsubame Cafe (燕カフェ)
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