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“Unique coffee shop”

Takagi Coffee, Takatsuji Honten
Ranked #16 of 477 Restaurants in Shimogyo
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
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Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
Reviewed 8 June 2018

This coffee shop is a local's hangout – you can tell by the regulars that have breakfast every morning.

The coffee is excellent; they don't do espressos, but still it's very smooth and drinkable. The breakfasts are an amazing bargain, with gorgeous fluffly buttered toast.

And lastly, the character of the place - the 2 older gentlemen who cook and serve customers are polite, but exceptionally no-nonsense, and exude an air of blunt Japanese character you rarely encounter. That's both interesting and refreshing :)

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Found this place walking to the markets to do some grocery shopping. It was exactly what we were looking for - a cute cafe with nice food and great service.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Breakfast meal acceptable. Old school cafe feel.
Coffee was ok and breakfast pass. Not bad.
With so much to offer in Kyoto won’t rush back but it filled the gap for myself and travel companion to start our day.

Thank Mark F
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This has an old school fit out. Simple vibe where things slow down here.

We had 4 people and were seated upon arrival. The toast was thick and coffee was a satisfactory blend.

Only warning is people do smoke indoors.

Thank DonnieT7
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Takagi Coffee’s famous triangular "purin" (flan/creme caramel) is the epitome of dandy nonchalance of George Carlin. Much sturdier than the regular soft purin, Takagi’s is more like a flan, it stands on its on – an island of manly confidence – silently mocking the softies of the current generation in a pool of seriously rummy caramel sauce. Just in case there is not enough hard liquor already, a dash of Cointreau is added to the whipped cream. Just in case. To properly dig into this triangular purin, even the equipment must be exchanged from the ice cream spoon to a cake spoon with a sharper side to cut into the hard and elastic flan. Chewy and hardy, and yet unexpectedly smooth in the mouth, its defiance hides a noble heart.

Takagi is a non-smoking facility, prizing the loyalty of their clientele over the health hazard of the staff and other non-smoking clients. Yet, no one complains: the reason is simple, for those who must have clean air, there are the cafés. With today’s fast and free flow of information, before ever setting foot inside, we know all about the establishments – from the menu, the price and even the location of the toilet (Takagi’s located outside). Therefore, there is no need to endure someone else’ guilty pleasure, unless – unless, of course, one can derive some sort of compensation, a derivative sympathy in watching the smoke and the stain, as if the reality has been inverted and the self has been inserted into a scene of a silent cinema.

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