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Book & Bed (+Beer) Hostel Opens in Kyoto


The Book & Bed Hostel who opened their first branch in Tokyo in late 2015 are opening a new hostel in Gion entertainment district of Kyoto this December. This time the minds behind this bibliophile’s dream have added a crafty bar space into the mix. I’ve written all about it for the ZenVita blog and you can read that right here: Browse and Carouse at Kyoto’s Newest Hostel: Book & Bed & Beer!


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.


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.
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).
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