Yet another old school cafe in Kyoto town. When the master is on duty it is a pretty serious scene and a little intimidating at first glance but the vibe is friendly once you make it through the door!
If you are a non smoker you might have to put up with the puffers but the coffee is good and there are a variety of types - including all those fabulous old fashioned treats like Vienna Coffee. Kyoto seems to love the feel of the Euro coffeehaus on the menu and to be quite frank - I don't mind it myself!
In this busy tourist area it can be hard to find a table at times so this is a place worth knowing about as you can pretty much always get a table -which makes things a bit more comfortable when you need a rest stop - if you can ignore the attractive blue green vinyl seating. The place has been around for a while but it is so super clean and well looked after it could have opened yesterday.
There are some very simple and "tasty" breakfast and lunch choices and it is very close to the Heian Shrine - so if you are sightseeing in the area looking for a caffeine fix and a quick bite it's worth dropping in.
(For other cafes and eateries in the area see my OKAZAKI EATS story here)
You will find Coffee Shop Mika on the north side of Nijo Dori (street) between Higashioji Dori (st) and Jingu Michi (st).