A pleasant escape from everyday life. ‘Francois kissasitsu’ in Kyoto【Kyoto, the city of Chami.】

Special feature: Kyoto, the city of Chami. In this issue, we would like to introduce you to the famous ‘Francois kissasitsu’ in Kyoto.

Japan’s first coffee shop registered as a cultural property offering the ultimate relaxation
Francois kissasitsu

The founder, Tateno Shoichi (立野正一), created the restaurant in the image of the interior of a luxury Italian Baroque cruise ship with his fellow students.

From the time the shop opens at 10am, it already has a cool classy vibe. The majestic baroque music fills the room and encompasses your whole body.It was as if we were transported back in time to 1934, the year the Francois kissasitsu was born. You can enjoy a fleeting escape from everyday life here.

The menu is a traditional orthodox lineup, but all are made with sincerity and carefully selected ingredients. Coffee jelly 900 yen (tax included)

The waitress who served us was in her second year with the company, having been introduced by a confectionery school teacher. She told me that I could learn a lot because they still make cakes by hand without using machines. It’s stories like this that make it hard not to want to stop and have a chat with people you are meet when traveling.

The store’s most popular rare cheese cake 700 yen, coffee 700 yen (both tax included)

The rare cheese cake is the most popular item here, but the special pudding, coffee jelly, sandwiches, and toast are also perfectly prepared and taste excellent. Starting with the coffee, which is brewed by a flannel drip, it is the fact that everything is made by hand, which makes the store what it is.
The background music, which is set from 1 to 234, “changes according to the requests of customers,” he says. It is a coffee shop with an unfathomable charm.

Francois kissasitsu

Address: 184 Funato-cho, Shijo-sagaru, Nishikiyacho-Dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City (map)
Phone: 075-351-4042
Business hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (meals 20:00 L.O., drinks and cakes 21:30 L.O.) Closed for New Year’s holidays and two days during the summer
Official website:

Composition / Fujita Yu
This article is translated from




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