Kobe cafes and bars
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This guide covers cafes, bars (including specialty craft-beer bars) and animal cafes.

Kobe cafes

Bistrot Cafe de Paris - French: Kitano
[ Open 10am-11pm (LO) daily. ]
This lively cafe is perched in an ideal people-watching location midway up the Kitanozaka hill, with a popular outdoor sidewalk terrace that takes full advantage of the view. The menu includes...
[ Open 10am-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Freundlieb - Cafe: Kitano
[ Open 10am-6:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Certainly one of grandest cafe settings in town, Freundlieb occupies the former Kobe Union Church, a Kitano sightseeing landmark. The menu includes sandwiches and salads as well as fresh pastries...
[ Open 10am-6:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Meal Muji - Cafe: Motomachi
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
Cafe Brugge - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
One of the few places in town where you can find a multiplicity of Belgian beers, in a convenient location right at the foot of Ikuta Road.
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
Tooth Tooth - Cafe: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
A rooftop oasis right in central Kobe, this cafe looks out onto a big garden area, with seating both indoors and out. The casual, inexpensive food menu is a mix of Japanese and Western dishes -...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]

Kobe coffee shops

Greens Coffee Roaster - Coffee shop: Motomachi
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
Greens sells both fresh-roasted coffee beans (various house blends as well as single-origin) and excellent espresso and drip coffee to go, from Y300.
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
Jam Jam - Jazz kissaten: Motomachi
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]
An old-fashioned Japanese jazz kissaten (coffee shop), Jam Jam plays classic vinyl jazz and serves coffee, limited drinks and desserts.
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]

Kobe animal cafes

Miacis - Cat cafe: Motomachi
[ Open 10am-9pm (last entry 8pm). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
A nice contrast to the sleepy atmosphere of your typical cat cafe, Miacis was positively frenetic with activity during our evening visit, with cats running amok and chasing one another across the...
[ Open 10am-9pm (last entry 8pm). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
Poko no Mori - Bird cafe: Nada
[ Open 1-8pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
The resident flock at this charming small-bird cafe includes canaries, finches, Java sparrows, lovebirds, cockatiels and various parakeets - some three dozen in all. The food menu includes both...
[ Open 1-8pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]

Kobe beer bars

Hop Stand Harborland Mosaic - Yakitori: Harborland
[ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
This big second branch of Hop Stand yakitori restaurant has forty terrace seats and another forty inside. They serve several different craft beers from Rokko brewery plus a collection of...
[ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
In Tha Door Brewing - Brewpub: Rokko Island
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays. ]
This attractive brewpub serves five or six original beers on draft along with a handful of brews from Kibidote brewery in Okayama. Beer styles include English Pale Ale, Belgian White, Session IPA,...
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Hop Stand - Yakitori: Sannomiya
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sun 2-10) daily. ]
Craft beers from Rokko brewery are served with yakitori at this small bar. There are generally five or six craft beers on draft (along with three macros), served in four different sizes and priced...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sun 2-10) daily. ]
Starboard - Beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Formerly the Rokko Beer Diner, this brewery taproom serves beers from Rokko Brewery, Starboard, and a decent selection of guest beers - we noted Boundary Bay and Coronado among the breweries during...
[ Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Mother Moon Cafe - American: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
This popular cafe-style restaurant serves "farm-to-table" fare, with a salad buffet and bread bar at lunchtime. Four Japanese craft beers are served on tap, from Shiga Kogen and Minoh Beer plus a...
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
New Munchen Kobe Taishikan - Beer bar: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This charming Kobe landmark serves a full range of Sapporo beers, and a huge, 150-item food menu. The small brewery in the basement produced two craft beers - a somewhat fruity wheat beer and a...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Beer Cafe Barley - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishinomiya
[ Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
This cozy and pleasant beer specialist has seven seats at the bar and a few tables. In addition to four hand-pumped ales they offer more than 100 bottled beers, including a wide selection of Belgian...
[ Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Cafe Brugge - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
One of the few places in town where you can find a multiplicity of Belgian beers, in a convenient location right at the foot of Ikuta Road.
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]

More Kobe bars

Jam Jam - Jazz kissaten: Motomachi
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]
An old-fashioned Japanese jazz kissaten (coffee shop), Jam Jam plays classic vinyl jazz and serves coffee, limited drinks and desserts.
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]
Barstro Kitchen - French: Sannomiya
[ Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily. ]
As the name implies, Barstro falls somewhere between a bistrot and a straight-out bar, and you can either enjoy a full-on French-inspired meal here, with dishes like duck confit and foie gras pate,...
[ Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily. ]
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