For all of Japan’s has many cultural wonders, breakfast is rarely among them. The meal is usually small—often only simple bowls of rice and miso soup—and eaten at home. The more gastronomically exciting dishes are reserved for lunch, dinner, at various events or even a favorite cafe, and few of these ever start earlier than 11:00 a.m. But, slowly, cafes and shops are opening their doors at dawn, especially for overseas visitors, including those in Kanazawa.
But for something more filling, familiar or varied, these are the way to go:
A French cuisine and bakery where the road from Oyama Shrine meets the Kuratsugi Waterway flowing from Seseragi-dori Street. For all its hours, it’s open as a bread shop. The intimate cafe seating area opens at various times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service. Breakfast here also runs later than other breakfast places, with last orders at 10:30 a.m.
Select between the croque madame (pictured) or the quiche with seasonal ingredients. The set comes with salad and a tea or coffee. For an additional treat, order the generous serving of homemade soup.
1426 yen (including tax) + 540 yen, soup
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (breakfast)
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (lunch)
6:00 – 10:30 p.m. (dinner)
1-6-11 Nagamachi, Kanazawa
850 meters from Kaname Inn Tatemachi
Curio Espresso & Vintage Cafe
If espresso is a necessary start to your day, Curio has you covered. All coffees are espresso-based, and even the Americano is robust. The full menu is available throughout the day, so in addition to the egg and cheese Breakfast Sandwich (pictured), you can chow down on pulled-pork or perk up with the vegetarian-friendly quinoa or hummus plates. Let them know up front of any dietary restrictions, and they’ll adjust your order as best they can.
The cafe itself is a charming lounge with vintage aesthetic and its own cultural hub. Tell Yuko and Sol we said, “Hello!”
~ 1400 yen
Curio Espresso & Vintage Design
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
from 9:00 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays, closed Tuesdays
1-13 Yasuecho, Kanazawa
1.6 km from Kaname Inn Tatemachi (12 min. by bus)
A branch of the fine-dining restaurant of the same name, Kincharyo is attached to a hotel in the Kohrinbo shopping district. However, you needn’t be a hotel guest to enjoy their breakfast set. The main course is the Kanazawa local specialty, jibuni, a savory stew of duck and Kaga vegetables. Side dishes vary by day, but the price is always the same.
7:00 – 10:00 a.m. (last order, 9:50)
Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, 3F
2-1-1 Kohrinbo, Kanazawa
450 meters from Kaname Inn Tatemachi
Half a decade ago Ryann fell off a bus and then fell in love with this traditional-crafts and ice-cream-consuming capital of Japan. Editor and amateur photographer with a penchant for nature and history. Not actually fifty songbirds in a trench coat.