The city of Kobe is known as the stylish harbor town and when you are walking around the city you will find there are many cafes or restaurants where you can easily have reasonable and casual lunch, brunch and afternoon tea. I would like to show you some interesting cafes in Kobe.
#1. E.H BANK
As you can imagine from the name of the cafe “E.H BANK”, the building which was built in 1938 and used as the British bank for a long time in the past was renovated to the cafe. You would feel the old tasteful atmosphere everywhere in the building such as the pivoted door for the entrance, 8m high ceiling for a reception and so on. You must find the robust steel door for a specie room in the restaurant space. You can have a daily lunch at 1000 Japanese yen including drink. The cafe is open till 5:00am on week days so that you can also use the cafe as a bar.
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Address: 9 Kaigandori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi (Kobe Chartered Building 1F)
・Mun-Sat 11:30am ~ 5:00am (L.O 4:00am)
・Sun, National holiday 11:30am ~ 3:00am (L.O 2:00 am)
Tel: +81 (0)78-331-6553
Tabelog: E.H BANK
#2. TOOTH TOOTH GARDEN RESTAURANT
Photo Credit: toothtooth.com
Tooth Tooth Garden Restaurant is located on the 11th floor of Kobe international house building. The restaurant is arranged to surround the roof garden and you can enjoy lunch and dinner seeing the garden. In the garden around 500 years old olive tree is planted. There are also terrace tables and you must spend fun time with delicious food and the elegant garden. The dishes are based on French food and focus on “Grill and Wine”. At the lunch time, course lunch is available as well as grill lunch and pasta lunch including bread buffet.
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TOOTH TOOTH GARDEN RESTAURANT
Address: 8-1-6 Gokodori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo (Kobe international house 11F)
Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm (L.O 10:30pm)
Tel: +81 (0)78-230-3412
Website: Tooth Tooth Garden Restaurant (Japanese)
#3. Cafe FREUNDLIEB
Photo Credit: freundlieb.jp
Cafe Freundlieb is located in the church, which was used as Kobe Union Church and renovated to the cafe in 1999. The first floor is used for the shop, and the second floor used as a chapel is cafeteria today. The high ceiling space supported by wooden structures is amazing. The lunch menu changes daily and you can have sandwiches using fresh breads, beef stew or gratin at 1000 Japanese yen. Wound you have a lunch at this unique cafe which was used as a church when you visit Kobe?
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Address: 4-6-15 Ikuta-cho Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (L.O 6:30 pm)
*Close on Wednesday
*Check the opening hours before you visit. The cafe is sometimes used for a wedding.
Tel: +81 (0)78-231-6051
Web: Cafe Freundlieb (Japanese)
The cafe “Central” is located in the old foreign settlement area, where Japanese people were banned to enter, and very stylish Italian cafe. Because of its stylish and elegant space, this cafe is sometimes used for the after party of a wedding reception. The lunch menus; pasta lunch, plate lunch and main lunch, including a fresh bread buffet is very popular among Kobe girls, who represent stylish girls in Kobe. In the bread buffet, you can enjoy around 10 kinds of home-baked bread as much as you want. The lunch menus at Central is very reasonable in the point of that you can eat fresh breads and tasty Italian foods.
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Address: 104 Edo-cho Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
・Mon-Thu 11:00am ~ 9:00pm
・Fri, Sat 11:00am ~ 10:30pm
・Sun 9:00am ~ 9:00pm
Tel: +81 (0)78-325-2033
#5. Boulangerie Comme-Chinois
Photo Credit: comme-chinois.com
The cute entrance created with blocks attracts you first when you find Boulangerie Comme-Chinois. Boulangerie Comme-Chinois is very popular bakery in Kobe and at the same time it has cafeteria in the bakery. At the cafeteria you can buy fresh breads from the bakery and eat them. Fresh breads are very popular but you can also have main lunch using meat or a fish. At the bakery area there are many kinds of delicious breads, you must take time to decide your bread. The cafe is open from 8:00am so that it’s very nice place to eat breakfast too.
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Address: 7-1-16 Gokodori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi (Sannomiya Building South -1F)
Hours: 8:00am-7:00pm (Close on Wednesday)
Tel: +81 (0)78-242-1506
Website: Comme-Chinois (Japanese)