Kyoto was not really a holiday destination for me. I still had work to do, but I was looking forward to seeing what being a local would be like.
It was Saturday morning, so I wanted to take advantage and explore the my neighbourhood a little.
The centre looked very modern and organised.
The most noticeable difference was the shrines scattered amongst the new buildings.
As always, I am looking for a great cup of coffee first thing, so I headed there on foot.
There was a recommended place called Okaffe Kyoto.
The entrance looked appealing.
They had a set menu breakfast and coffee. It seemed small and mostly healthy, so I thought I would try it. It was good value for the price.
The coffee was nice and creamy. Not as good as the coffee from the day before, but still enjoyable.
The barista was previously a competition winner and his image was everywhere.
With such limited space in the centre, you could see the efficient use of room for things like car parking.
There was something clean and stylish about the vibe of Kyoto.
Some of the building facades looked a bit strange together. Yet, there was something rich in creativity in all things.
I’m a huge fan of the greenery on the footpaths I’ve seen in Tokyo as well.
It is a bicycle-friendly place as well, with clear road markings and flat roads.
I saw a supermarket, so I had a look inside.
I’m a fan of onigiri, as an affordable and tasty snack.
They also had a range of affordable meals and salads.
I headed back to the hotel for a rest from the hot sun. As it turns out, temperatures over 40 degrees celsius are not uncommon in Kyoto in August as well.
Once it cooled a little in the afternoon, I decided to try another coffee place.
Coffee Base Kanondo
This place was quite tricky to find.
It was located up some narrow stairs, inside a private office space.
This coffee was not the best. I wouldn’t go back.
I headed back to the hotel.
It had been a long first week on the road, and sightseeing was not really on my to-do list. At least I was able to try some new coffee.