Kobe cafes and bars
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This guide covers cafes, bars (including specialty craft-beer bars) and animal cafes.

Kobe cafes

Bistrot Cafe de Paris - French: Kitano
[ Open 10am-11pm (LO) daily. ]
This lively cafe is perched in an ideal people-watching location midway up the Kitanozaka hill, with a popular outdoor sidewalk terrace that takes full advantage of the view. The menu includes...
[ Open 10am-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Freundlieb - Cafe: Kitano
[ Open 10am-6:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Certainly one of grandest cafe settings in town, Freundlieb occupies the former Kobe Union Church, a Kitano sightseeing landmark. The menu includes sandwiches and salads as well as fresh pastries...
[ Open 10am-6:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays. ]
E.H. Bank - Cafe: Kyukyoryuchi
[ Open 11:30am-5am daily. ]
Featured in architecture and design magazines as well as restaurant guides, this beautifully repurposed space is the former lobby of a British bank built in 1938. It's a stylish spot for an...
[ Open 11:30am-5am daily. ]
Meal Muji - Cafe: Motomachi
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
Cafe Brugge - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
One of the few places in town where you can find a multiplicity of Belgian beers, in a convenient location right at the foot of Ikuta Road.
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
Tooth Tooth - Cafe: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
A rooftop oasis right in central Kobe, this cafe looks out onto a big garden area, with seating both indoors and out. The casual, inexpensive food menu is a mix of Japanese and Western dishes -...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]

Kobe coffee shops

Greens Coffee Roaster - Coffee shop: Motomachi
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
Greens sells both fresh-roasted coffee beans (various house blends as well as single-origin) and excellent espresso and drip coffee to go, from Y300.
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
Jam Jam - Jazz kissaten: Motomachi
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]
An old-fashioned Japanese jazz kissaten (coffee shop), Jam Jam plays classic vinyl jazz and serves coffee, limited drinks and desserts.
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]

Kobe animal cafes

Bibi and George - Bird cafe: Motomachi
[ Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Mondays. ]
The cafe's friendly, good-natured staff and friendly owls make this a very pleasant place to spend an hour of your time. The setup is a bit unusual, starting with the ticket machine at the entrance...
[ Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Mondays. ]
Miacis - Cat cafe: Motomachi
[ Open 10am-9pm (last entry 8pm). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
A nice contrast to the sleepy atmosphere of your typical cat cafe, Miacis was positively frenetic with activity during our evening visit, with cats running amok and chasing one another across the...
[ Open 10am-9pm (last entry 8pm). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
Poko no Mori - Bird cafe: Nada
[ Open 1-8pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
The resident flock at this charming small-bird cafe includes canaries, finches, Java sparrows, lovebirds, cockatiels and various parakeets - some three dozen in all. The food menu includes both...
[ Open 1-8pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]

Kobe beer bars

Hop Stand - Yakitori: Sannomiya
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sun 2-10) daily. ]
Craft beers from Rokko brewery are served with yakitori at this small bar. There are generally five craft beers on draft (along with three macros), served in several different sizes and priced at...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sun 2-10) daily. ]
Starboard - Beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Formerly the Rokko Beer Diner, this brewery taproom serves beers from Rokko Brewery, Starboard, and a decent selection of guest beers - we noted Boundary Bay and Coronado among the breweries during...
[ Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
New Munchen Kobe Taishikan - Beer bar: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This charming Kobe landmark serves a full range of Sapporo beers, and a huge, 150-item food menu. The small brewery in the basement produced two craft beers - a somewhat fruity wheat beer and a...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Portside - Beer bar: Sannomiya south
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Kobe Beer Hall Portside offers a good selection of beers from Rokko, Starboard and other breweries on tap, and several Belgians by the bottle. The food is also decent, with dishes like steamed...
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Beer Cafe Barley - Beer bar: Nishinomiya
[ Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
This cozy and pleasant beer specialist has seven seats at the bar and a few tables. In addition to four hand-pumped ales they offer more than 100 bottled beers, including a wide selection of Belgian...
[ Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Cafe Brugge - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
One of the few places in town where you can find a multiplicity of Belgian beers, in a convenient location right at the foot of Ikuta Road.
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]

More Kobe bars

Jam Jam - Jazz kissaten: Motomachi
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]
An old-fashioned Japanese jazz kissaten (coffee shop), Jam Jam plays classic vinyl jazz and serves coffee, limited drinks and desserts.
[ Open noon-11pm daily. ]
Vege Vege Curry - Curry: Motomachi
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Located conveniently close to Motomachi station, this casual curry shop serves inexpensive wines by the glass or bottle as well as a menu of small drink-friendly snacks in addition to their...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Barstro Kitchen - French: Sannomiya
[ Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily. ]
As the name implies, Barstro falls somewhere between a bistrot and a straight-out bar, and you can either enjoy a full-on French-inspired meal here, with dishes like duck confit and foie gras pate,...
[ Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily. ]
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