Coffee Shop KAKO

A flavorful twist to your standard Nagoya red bean ogura toast

Are you visiting Nagoya? Then you must have heard all about their typical morning routine: a cup of coffee together with an ogura toast (小倉トースト), basically toast with red bean paste. It’s a sweet way to start your morning. Coffee Shop KAKO puts a twist on the regular ogura toast — they add a bit of jam and some cream that makes each piece of it special.

I found the place on Tabelog one morning, my go-to source for quality Japanese food. I walked maybe ten or fifteen minutes after arriving at Nagoya station to get to this little coffee shop.

A cute Nagoya cafe full of locals

Coffee Shop KAKO is full of locals chatting away, and the place was jam-packed when I walked in. Fortunately, there wasn’t a line when I arrived, but when I was leaving, there was already one forming. (Lines are a good sign in Japan! Usually if people are willing to wait, it signals good quality food.)

I sat with a couple of older men and one young guy — you get sat down wherever there is space. The younger one took a photo for me (yay, fellow tourist!), and I was able to chat with the two older men. One of them was a local chef! They were very friendly and gave me tips for tourist areas in the city. I guess they get a lot of travelers coming by!

Inside Coffee Shop KAKO
This place is packed! So much local color.

If you enjoy getting to know the culture of a place, this is a great cafe to stop by. Join the locals for their morning ritual!

Morning Menu

Coffee Shop KAKO is a cafe, so the prices are about average. I got the Shanty Rouge Toast set together with some black coffee. If I recall correctly, you can get a free coffee refill. Their menu was generally in the 600-800 yen range (about $6-8 USD).

Multicolor ogura toast
The Shanty Rouge Toast set! Yomogi (green), strawberry, orange, and lemon (I think?) jams atop cream and red bean. Delicious.

Pro tip
Go in the morning between 7am – 11am, when they have the ogura toast! They’ll have a different menu around lunchtime.

Coffee Shop KAKO

Hours: 7am – 7pm Weekdays; 7am – 5pm Weekends & Holidays
Price: 600 Yen Range ($6 USD)
Address: 5 Chome-16-17 Meieki Nakamura-ku Nagoya-shi Aichi-ken

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