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Reviewed September 1, 2020

I've been to %Arabica on three separate trips to Japan, six times total, and not been blown away once. I don't mean this in a bad way - I'm a Melbourne coffee snob, coffee is a way of life for me, and Japanese style coffee...has never agreed with me much. This IS some of the best coffee you'll get in Japan if you're craving a proper latte (that is to say, a non-Starbucks-latte), that said, if you walk passed this store and see a line and think "geez, seems busy, is the wait worth it?" I would tell you: no. Save your feet, and walk on. On the other hand, if you're planning to get up early, may as well stop here! Don't forget though, it's not super polite to walk around while drinking, so maybe take your latte to a nearby park bench rather than sitting on their (uncomfortable, frankly) seats. The store is beautiful though!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 2, 2020

Best latte I've tried in Kyoto, with a view to match your cup. It's near the Togetsukyo Bridge which is the opposite side of Arashiyama Bamboo Groves. I recommend going towards the bridge than the bomboo groves for a really scenic view

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed January 11, 2020

We had been walking for a few hours and my daughter who has been in charge of our itinerary has been talking about this cafe. We walked to the end of the road of the tourist area lined with quaint shops and restaurants - heading...towards a bridge. Just as we turned the corner, we were greeted by a magnificent view of the river and vast openess. We turned right and walked parallel to the river and saw a small crowd gathered outside a white building. I didn't even go inside as there was a queue. My job was to secure a seat outside which faced the river while my daughter ordered the coffee. It was just a concrete bench which could seat less than 8 people at one go. I ordered a cappuccino. Honestly I can't recall the price of the coffee but I did enjoy it. The bonus of this branch is its location with a view. So if you happen to be in the area, do check it out. It is a lovely little break from the bustle on the busier streets. Mind you there is no seating inside the cafe - only take away. However my daughter mentioned a rate for a small room which was charged per half hour. I think sitting outside or even standing outside was much more enjoyable.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

Great cafe latte, unfriendly/abrupt staff, $1000 yen to sit inside and enjoy your purchased coffee. Cheers

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 17, 2019 via mobile

We had an amazing café latte in this very lovely tiny coffee shop. Very nice location just above Katsura River.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 30, 2019 via mobile

Coffee was ok but taste slightly burnt. There is space to sit inside. Service needs improvement as I witnessed impatience and slightly raised voice to another customer as i was sitting there enjoying my coffee.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 25, 2019 via mobile

Great coffee! Nice decor and design. We were so happy to find this place after all that filtered coffee that was served everywhere!!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 13, 2019

All I wanted was a cup of coffee, not necessarily a "craft" coffee. Anyway, this was sort of close to my hotel, so I walked over one morning. I saw the menu and noticed they had their blend or a single origin option, of your...choice, to choose from in the pour over section. I asked them what the blend of theirs consisted of and was told it was top secret and even they did not actually know the varieties involved. Also that the house blend was the most requested choice, so I went with it. It all looked great, the grind, the temperature, the pour over process. But the end result was not particularly good, tasting like a mid level coffee of no consequence. A complete disappointment. And for about $6 for a single, 6 oz cup, way too expensive. I had ordered two, so there was a deal for that amount. But I never went back. Japan is known for their great coffee, so doubly disappointing. I found better everywhere else for far less. Great view of Seiryū-ji Temple just up the street from there though!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019

This mini-chain is rightly doing well around Kyoto for it's excellent coffee, friendly service and pleasing decor... but why only paper cups? OK... in the movie, Sideways they drank Cheval Blanc from paper cups... but really a decent shot tastes that much better in a...decent cup.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 18, 2019 via mobile

Good coffee for Asia but only standard for an Australian who has spent their time in Guatemala. To sum it up no matter how good your coffee is if you have an arrogant service no one will remember your coffee. I have heard that Japan...takes its pride in customer service but the guy at the front counter was just the rudest. It has been raining the whole day in Kyoto and we were so excited to finally have walked all the way here for a hot coffee. The front counter guy was not friendly to begin with when it came to ordering two lattes. Then the same guy arrogantly told us that we were not allow to sit in the room because it came with a charge. I’m perfectly fine for them to charge but there was no sign on the sliding door or on the table when we entered but he rolled his eyes and told us off which I believe is extremely rude for Japan. He then quickly put the dice sign on the table. Just because you are popular in Kyoto does not mean you can treat paying customers disrespectfully.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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April 22, 2017|
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Response from 4mousquetaire | Reviewed this property |
They did have some pastries and sausage rolls. I actually like the food stalls near the train station better.
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June 5, 2015|
Response from Kenneth S |
Our price is similar or a bit higher than the local Starbucks price ***
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  • Yes, % Arabica Kyoto Higashiyama offers takeout services.

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  • % Arabica Kyoto Higashiyama is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 5