August 26, 2013
Maya Inoue & Chihiro Kitagawa
Yojiya’ is well known as a brand of cosmetics from Kyoto. However, lately, Yojiya has also come to be associated with a certain kind of café chic.
Here we will introduce ‘Yojiya Cafés’
Yojiya cafes are located mainly in Kyoto. We went to the one on Sanjo street, just five minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) subway station.
From the outside, it looks very simple and calm, but actually, when we went there after school at around 7.00 pm, there were many customers, and almost all of them were women, lounging on trendy red sofas.
This café has the kind of atmosphere that welcomes the lone visitor, and there is a Yojiya Cosmetics store right next door. This is the logo for Yojiya café … pretty cool!!
Also, in the café, there are many café goods. For example, mugs, tumblers, glasses, T-shirts, pens, bags, and so on ….all of them are very cute, and we wanted to buy them.
We were pretty hungry, so we ordered some pizza and dessert. It was really yummy!
Also on the menu, there is spaghetti, salad, parfait, floats, cappuccino, cakes, monaka, etc. In the morning there is a special breakfast menu offering, for example, toast and bread with coffee.
The staff here are very professional and kind, and the red apron they wear as a uniform is kind of cute. I asked a staff member what the concept of this café is, and she told us that it is that people both young and old can come here and feel at ease.
In Kyoto, there are three Yoyija cafes in very different locations: Sanjo, Ginkaku Temple and SaganoArashiyama. There are also two cafes in Tokyo, but these have different menus. The great thing is, you can enjoy a lot of different things in each Yojiya cafe! For example, in the Sanjo cafe, you can eat their special apple pie. We didn’t eat it, but it looked very delicious.
In addition, in the Sanjo café there is a handy information desk, which gives out info about the store, the cosmetic range, as well as useful sightseeing tips for Kyoto visitors. To be honest, the prices here are a little high for students like us, but the food and drinks taste so good it is worth paying a little more to eat here.
Finally, we will introduce the locations and opening times of the three Kyoto cafes.
1 YOJIYA cafe Sagano-Arashiyama
Open 10:00 ~ 1800 (last order 17:30)
No regular holiday.
The nearest station is the Randen Railway Arashiyama station.
2 YOJIYA cafe Sanjo
Open 10:00 ~ 2200 (last order 21:30)
No regular holiday.
The nearest station is Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) subway station.
3 YOJIYA cafe Ginkaku Temple
Open 10.00 ~ 18.00 (last order 17.30)
Closed on Tuesdays.
This is the cappuccino. The cafe staff make it specially to order! It looked so nice, I hesitated to drink it.
This is the apple pie. It is very sweet, and only available in the Sanjo cafe.
This is the outside of the Yojiya Sanjo cafe. The look is really modern and fashionable. The cafe is also next to the Yojiya Cosmetics store, so it’s very convenient.
In Kyoto, there are a lot of cafes and shops to choose from, so it is hard to pick the best. So a lot of people get confused about where is good and how best to enjoy their time. We recommend this café, as we think it can be enjoyed by everyone; children, couples, families, elderly people and also foreigners!
Why not give it a try!