Nara, a very popular tourist destination is rich in the history and culture of the good old days of Japan. However, Nara Prefecture is not only a tourist attraction luring visitors for its freely roaming deer aka Shika ! There is much more to Nara....
Innumerable Old House Cafes will charm you to the retro atmosphere of Nara. Get introduced to the lesser-known Cafes that are personally recommended by an author resinding in Nara.
Miyake Former Main Konoike Residence
The former Main Konoike Residence is rebuilt into a complex with a Cafe and a gallery.
Soon after you step into the shop, you can experience an archaic atmosphere of the Japanese house and feel the 300-year old history.
In addition, you can spoil your taste-buds with the delicious Japanese style sweets at this Cafe.
Daifuku Pie is much recommended!
A Japanese style sweet that has daifuku inside the piecrust, believe it or not, Daifuku Pie cannot be found easily anywhere else.
The crisp outside has a daifuku rice cake, that is warm enough o melt in your mouth. A heavenly experience, indeed. Complementing each other, these two delicious flavor are indescribable. Try it for once, at least, I bet you will be asking for more.
Matcha (Green Tea Powder) Parfait
A luxurious moderately sweet parfait that uses carefully selected Matcha powder.
Inside the store is a Japanese parlor, for men and women of all ages, what's more, even children can use it with at ease.
If you haven't had your full yet, you can pack some as take-away and relish at home, too.
Cookies are a recommended souvenir.
Soft textured with Japanese ingredients like Matcha and Wasanbon sugar; these cookies are very delicious.
You haven't got enough if you've missed spending time at this Japanese style space at leisure.
Address: 1-5-1 Torimi Cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Store Hours: 10am - 6pmClosed: Sundays
Wensite: http://www.miyake-flagship.jp/ (in Japanese)
A restaurant with Sri Lankan cuisine awaits you on top of Mount Ikoma. They serve two types of cuisine, curry course and/or a plate.
Savour the authentic Sri Lankan flavours.
Extremely relaxing locations, surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see are incentives of visiting this restaurant. The air itself smells delicious here. The restaurant has a reputation of using fresh vegetables in their mouth-watwering dishes.
You have the choice to dine outside with open-air seating arrangements, so you can fully enjoy the scenery of Ikoma.
Get cozy in the romantic atmosphere, a bit different from the day.
A small goat is a mascot of the store and visitors are free to feed it, too!
Nearby is a place that sells ethnic Sri Lankan products.
Chai or tea is a recommended souvenir.
The flavored tea leaves are great with milk. The tea leaves are on sale at the store, for you to take-away home to bring back memories of time spent amidst nature.
Enjoy the natural serenity of Mount Ikoma.
Address: 168 Onitori Cho, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture
Store Hours: Lunch 11am-2pm Dinner 5pm-10 pm (Last order at 9pm)
Website: http://www.luckygarden.jp/ (in Japanese)
Niko Style Nara City Cafe
Rebuilt from an old house that offers dishes using local ingredients of Nara, this cafe has a wonderful atmosphere. Spend a relaxed time right here, in Nara.
With Japanese style seating arrangement the café offers both meal-sets and single dishes on the menu. The meal-sets also called Nara Food uses original ingredients from Nara abundantly.
The set comes with three kinds of appetizers. As for your main dish you can choose from local Yamato pork or chicken or fish with rice, chazuke or soup, etc. as accompaniments.
In addition, you can have ancient wild rice, which is an ingredient unique to Nara.
Latte art is s speciality drink here!
You can enjoy Latte art, with images from Nara such as Deer latte, Buddha latte, etc. Give it a shot!
Address: 13-1 Takamikado Cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Store Hours: 11am-6pm (Last order at 5pm)
This is a cafe with fresh drinks, flowing music and a typical retro charm.
The store is very a cozy place with a calming effect provided by the warm wooden design.
Specially recommended when you want to rest and have a cup of tea without a meal.
Fresh fruit smoothies are personal recommendations!
Freshly whipped smoothies with seasonal ingredients, such as melons or strawberries, etc.
Brown Sugar Syrup with Roasted Soy Flour and Banana
Want to take a break and give your tired legs some rest? Visit these lesser-known cafes before they get too crowded.
Address: 8 Hashimoto Cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Store Hours: 11am-8pm
Website: http://www.drinkdrank.com/ (in Japanese)
What would you like to drink? You have ben introduced to most of the cafes recommended by locals, which do not often appear in other media. Do stop by!