April 30, 2019
The 10 Best Breakfasts Restaurants You Must Eat in Kanazawa, Japan
Kanazawa is a city with many traditional Japanese architectures from old days. It would be a great beginning if you start your day with a good breakfast at a nice place, such as the one renovated from an old Japanese house or storage house. Another thing that makes Kanazawa special is its seaside location, which allows it to have many kinds of delicious fresh fishes. Fantastic to eat excellent sushi at a sushi restaurant in a fish market. Wake up early and take a walk around the town with an elegant Japanese atmosphere. Maybe you will get lucky.
Hirami Pan is a bread bakery and a bistro restaurant that serves French cuisine. The house is located at the corner of a cross road with a retro eclectic appearance. Open the pretty wooden door, and you will see gorgeous looking breads in a showcase. Many people come just to buy them. In the back of the store, there is a bistro restaurant space with tables and seats.
Breakfast set starts at 8am. Choices include sandwich, bagels sandwich, quiche, granola, tartine, and crocque madame. Quiche is especially excellent with a fine flavor of crispy base and delicious insides such as bacon. Walnuts give an accent to their salad with a variety of veggies, that goes well with the flavor of their dressing well. Visit this place for breakfast in Kanazawa.
Name: Hirami Pan
Address: 1-6-11, Nagamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Time: Breakfast 8:00am-11:00amLunch 12:00pm-2:00pmCafe 2:00pm-4:00pmDinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Access: 7-minute walk from Minami-cho Bus Stop
Map: map to Hirami Pan
You must visit “Iki-Iki-Tei” if you want to eat delicious seafoods in Kanazawa. They serve nigiri sushi and donburi dishes (rice dish with toppings on). Counter seats are available. Wide range of Kaisen-don (rice with fresh seafood on top) are on offer. They also have a variety of a la carte dishes. So popular that there is always a line in the morning. Small place but it gives people a chance to talk to an itamae (sushi chef) easily. Enjoy their gentle homey atmosphere.
If you are staying at a hotel around Kanazawa Station, this place is highly recommended for breakfast too. They serve the freshest seafoods caught in the morning. Their “Iki-Iki-Tei Don” looks brilliant and gorgeous with many kinds of sashimi. Great match of shredded dried seaweed, simmered kanpyo [gourd], and sushi-meshi (seasoned rice for sushi). Also, goes well with the fresh fishes, of course. Standard size may be big enough to make you satisfied. Give it a try.
Name: Iki-Iki-Tei Oumi-cho
Address: 88, Aokusamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Access: 7-minute drive from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Iki-Iki-Tei Oumi-cho
Merzbau is an old coffee shop started in Showa 50 (1975), located close to Oyama Jinja [shrine] filled with green leaves. Iconic place in the area. Their specialties include coffee. Also, curry with rice, and “Breakfast curry set” is popular among the locals. Take your time over coffee after finishing your meal.
Various breakfast sets are on offer, such as “Morning set” with toast, and “Asa Hayashi Set (Hashed beef breakfast set)”. They also give a unique and juicy offer, “Asa Migi [right] Curry Set”. They put curry on the right side and hashed beef on the left side over rice. Add drink, veggie sticks, or yogurt, and satiate yourself. Have a great start for your day.
Name: Kissa [coffee shop] Merzbau
Address: 1F, Aoyama Bldg., 1-25, Oyama-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Time: Weekdays 7:30am-5:00pmHolidays 8:00am-5:00pm
Access: 10-minute drive from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Kissa [coffee shop] Merzbau
“Curio Espresso and Vintage Design”
Curio is an English friendly coffee shop. Very popular among tourists from overseas. Their specialty, authentic espresso is brewed in the Seattle style with an espresso machine. The big machine on the counter looks cool. Their antique interiors and vintage cash register are also pretty. Everything looks nice and chic.
Breakfast set is available, of course. Good for those who stop in before going to work. “Breakfast sandwich” has scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon on the inside. Their big breakfast will make you happy! “BBQ Pork Sandwich” is also superb. The pork cooked in tomato sauce makes a great match with onions.
Name: Curio Espresso and Vintage Design
Address: 1-13, Yasue-cho, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Time: Weekdays 8:00am-6:00pmHolidays 9:00am-6:00pm
Access: 6-minute walk from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Curio Espresso and Vintage Design
“Pit 21- Cafe”
Pit 21-Cafe is a polished coffee shop. It has a simple stylish signboard, but may be difficult to tell from the appearance. At their spacious parking lots, cool looking motorcycles often come into people’s sight. The owner loves those kind of riding tools, and puts motor sport magazines at the shop.
They serve breakfast set. Pick two breads out of about three, such as croissant and walnut bread. Yogurt and drink come with them. Their coffee, Long Black, is especially great. Adjust the thinkness as you like. “Flat White” with a lot of rich milk also tastes good. Why not stopping by?
Name: Pit 21-Cafe
Address: 4-53, Shinbohon, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Access: 10-minute drive from Nishi Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Pit 21-Cafe
“fluffy” is a famous coffee shop for its pancakes. Located at a super popular tourist attraction in Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya Machi. An appearance of the traditional Japanese house is well harmonized with the townscape. People can enjoy pancakes in a Japanese atmosphere at their tatami room in the second floor. Cups and plates handmade by the owner are very attractive.
Fresh made fluffy pancakes are fantastic. Their nice moist texture makes you addicted. Quailty simple fluffy pancake, “Butter Milk Pancakes”, and Houji-cha (roasted Japanese tea) flavor “Houji-cha Pancakes” are very popular. The latter matches very well with the sweetness of the side item, red kidney beans simmered with brown sugar. Homemade fruit soda is great as well as coffee. You can enjoy the taste of mandarin oranges and figs. Have fun!
Address: 1-23-10, Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Close: Mondays, 1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays (Open in the afternoon on 2nd, 4th Fridays)
Access: 12-minute drive from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to fluffy
Yamasan Sushi is a sushi restaurant located in Oumi-cho Market, whose location allows them to serve fresh seafoods. They have counter seats, tables, and a relaxing zashiki (tatami mats) space. Easy to stop in while exploring around Kanazawa Station. People start coming early. You should come as early as possible.
Their best dish is “Kaisen-don (a bowl of rice topped with seafood sashimi)”. Huge with a variety of sashimi that are sticking out of the bowl! They also serve “Asa-don” for breakfast, which is a bit smaller but very fresh same as kaisen-don. Seafood includes tuna, squid, conger eel, amberjack, sweet shrimp, etc. Pour their special soy sauce and eat them up! For breakfast, the smaller portion of “Asa-don” should be enough.
Name: Yamasan Sushi
Address: Kanazawa Oumi-cho Ichiba, 68, Shimo-Oumi-cho, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Time: From 7:30am until ingredients run out
Access: 10-minute walk from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Yamasan Sushi
Saijiki Ajimu is a Japanese cuisine restaurant renovated from a traditional storage house. Located in front of Higashi Honganji Betsuin [branch temple] facing a quiet street. Close enough to walk from Kanazawa Station. Take off your shoes when you get in. Equipped with Horigotatsu style counter seats (seat with a pit underneath), and table seats. Both will make you enjoy an elegant Japanese ambience.
Need to book for breakfast, which starts at 7:30am. Focusing on serving healthy meal, they start with their homemade special fresh veggie juice. Dishes include dashimaki tamago (Japanese rolled omlet), grilled fish, veggie pickles, miso soup, etc. Rice cooked in earthenware pot, and natto (fermented soybeans) are also high quality.To top it all off, they serve homemade yogurt after meal. It’s topped with brown sugar syrup and kinako (roasted soybean flour). Have their healthy breakfast that represents Japan while you are staying in Kanazawa.
Name: Saijiki Ajimu
Address: Higashi Betsuin Monzen, 4, Yasue-cho, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Time: Open at 7:30 am (※Need to book 2 days in advance) / 11:30am-2:00pm / 6:00pm-10:00pm
Close: Close occasionally
Access: 8-minute walk from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Saijiki Ajimu
“Takakuramachi Coffee Kanazawa Sakurada”
Takakuramachi Coffee located along Route 8 offers delicious breakfasts and a relaxing space. Their sofas are extremely comfortable, and interiors are chic and nice. They have a separat room for smokers. So don’t worry if you don’t like cigarette smoke and smell.
A variety of breakfast dishes are available, which include “Toast Set”, “Morning French Toast”, “Morning Ricotta Pancakes”, etc. Ricotta pancakes are especially popular for their fluffy texture and the ricotta cheese flavor.Also, a good balance of smooth cream, great combination with syrup, and nuts topped on them are excellent. “Egg Benedict” and “Pork Loin Cutlet Sandwich” are loved by many people, too. This is the place for your breakfast in Kanazawa!
Name: Takakuramachi Coffee Kanazawa Sakurada
Address: 1-201, Sakurada-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Close: Open 365 days a year
Access: 10-minute drive from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to Takakuramachi Coffee Kanazawa Sakurada
Excellent breakfast is also served at DIPSY facing Prefectural Road 209, though the location is a bit far from Kanazawa Station. This bakery cafe looks like a pretty country house in Europe. People can not only buy their breads but also enjoy a relaxing time at their cafe space. They provide a separate room for smokers.
A different kind of breakfast toast is served every day, which makes people want to come over and over. Each dish such as the toast with crispy outside, salad, scrambled eggs, sausages is very high quality! Their hamburgers are also delicious with flavorful buns, cheese and tomato. Visit when you come to Kanazawa.
Address: 35, Jin, Tagami-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Access: About 20-minute drive from Kanazawa Station
Map: map to DIPSY
Have a big breakfast in Kanazawa!
How did you like this article? Eating breakfast is good for your health. In Kanazawa, one of the best tourist city of Japan, there are many attractive restaurants for morning meals. Various types of breakfast sets, such as the one that includes Japanese cuisine, or Western style dishes, are available at reasonable prices. Having breakfast to satiate your stomach will give a good influence to your day, and help getting your body ready for sightseeing. Enjoy Kanazawa!