Chocolate lovers, listen up! If you will ever visit Kyoto, plan in some time at Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House, a lovely cafe specialised in organic chocolate. The place is a bit hidden which actually isn’t bad at all as it makes you walk through a quiet residential neighbourhood in Kyoto which is a super pleasant walk for an afternoon. It’s also a great way to see something else in Kyoto except shrines and temples (which, of course you SHOULD visit! – click here for a super pretty one).
It doesn’t take long to walk to the cafe although I think I needed three times the time that was suggested on google maps. This time I didn’t get lost, I just stopped so many times to take pictures of the neighbourhood and its little shrines and historic buildings hidden in between the houses.
Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House
When you arrive you are first supposed to take off your shoes (it’s Japan!). I was also greeted by a cute (huge) dog :) I love dogs so for me that was an awesome ‘hello’. I’m not sure if she is part of the ‘interior’ though, so she might not be there all the time. Be prepared to meet a cat or two though. I am allergic against cats but I didn’t feel anything at the cafe, so if you are allergic as well, you will probably be fine. As mentioned, Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House is known for its amazing hot chocolate and chocolate cakes, chocolate pralines.. well all things chocolate really. And, as you know, I LOVE CHOCOLATE. So for me this was a bit like heaven on earth :)
Interior of Nama Chocolat Tea House Kyoto
You are seated on tatami mats on the floor (Japan!) in a really beautifully decorated Japanese tea house. There are a number of small tables and also some bigger ones if you are coming with friends. I came with my Kindle and found a lovely little place next to the window / front yard entrance. The place is really so pretty so it doesn’t matter at all where you sit. I’d try to come on a weekday though as the tea house isn’t too big and may be a bit more crowded on weekends.
Best Chocolate cake in Kyoto!
I ordered a matcha tea and a chocolate cake with strawberries. The matcha tea was served with a little chocolate praline (super yummy!) and the chocolate cake was much bigger than expected (yeeeey!). After having finished my chocolate treat the owner of the Nama Chocolat Tea House came over and joined me for a short while. She is such a lovely person who had been living in Kyoto for ages but is originally from Canada. We chatted for a while before I continued reading in my kindle while having another tea. Have you tried matcha tea? It’s amazing!
I’m a huge fan of quirky, cosy, little cafes that are a bit different than the usual Starbucks etc places. If you are as well, you will love Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House :) The tea house is located here 76-15 Okazaki Tennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335 , Kyoto. Google maps works great for this one!