efish

Since moving to a more central location last March, efish has become  my favorite place to hang out. The location is wonderful. On one side, window seats give prime views over the Kamo River. On the other side you have a more intimate perspective on the tree-lined Takasegawa Canal. When the weather is good, they open up the windows and a fresh breeze washes over you as you sip your coffee.

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efish is a cafe, gallery, and shop and is owned by designer Shin Nishibori. His products (kitchenware, furniture, electronics etc) are on sale here and are prominently displayed about the premises. There’s an online shop here.


Shin Nishibori, also designed the space itself; cool, modern, comfort.
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The menu (in both English in Japanese) has a lot of options. I’m partial to the tuna and cottage cheese sandwich set with clam chowder myself (very filling!). However, on the day I brought my camera, I splashed out on the Vegetarian Tacos Rice which you can see amongst other things below. You can check out the food menu here.

A rainy Saturday afternoon in efish was the perfect excuse for Mewby and I to share a bottle of South African white wine and laze away the afternoon with a good read. Check out the drinks menu here.

To find efish from Gojo station, cross Gojo bridge and take your first left (going south). efish is just a little ways down this street on the east side and easy to find with the cat logo sign. Here is a nicely designed map. And why “efish”? Well, it seems Mr. Nishibori likes fish (as will quickly become apparent when you visit) and e, being the fifth letter of the alphabet, corresponds with the 5 in Gojo (Fifth Avenue see).
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efish is open every day from 11:00 am till 10:00 pm. They have English lessons advertised prominently about the place so I’m guessing the staff can probably follow you if your Japanese is not so hot.  Tel: 075-361-3069

6 Responses to efish

  1. sshhh its a secret

  2. I love this place !
    We spent a week in Kyoto and went for the yoghurt Mango as often as we could.

  3. WE are going at the end of March and will definitely try out efish-it looks lovely on your website.
    ANy other great tips for Kyoto? We ( 3 women) will be there 2 nights?

  4. Well, I have an entire 3 year-blog’s worth of tips for you! Is there anything you specifically want to do while you are here?

  5. i think there might be some other connotation with the name vis-a-vis the history of the neighbourhood the cafe …

  6. Michael Lambe

    Really? Do elucidate…

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