We went in search of the alternative to Kobe's Nishimura since we like supporting the underdog from time to time. From what little information we could find, Kyukyoryuchi has been around since 1971 roasting beans everyday. Its motto of “being better, not bigger” certainly resonates with me, so off we went, in search of it, literally, since we were not well equipped with a good map and google maps was just not doing its thing.
The silver lining to getting lost is appreciating the city and its architecture, a thing that's easy to do when you're not trying to rush for a meeting.
|Stained glass inside a mall|
|An old temple right in the old settlement area|
|Old buildings in old European colors and style|
Turns out that the building Kyukyoryuchi Cafe is in is a pretty new commercial building with swanky shops. But tucked away in the basement, it manages to retain its old world charm with old wooden furniture, and very dim yellow lighting that French cafes from days gone by boast.
Kobe city has a really good vibe to it and 6 hours just didn't cut it. Will definitely have to make plans to visit and stay in the city next time.
Kobe Chuo-ku Akashi-cho 31-1
Kyukyoryuchi Building, B1F