Hakusan: Jazz kissaten
Eigakan (Hakusan: Jazz kissaten)
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.

This cozy cafe bar is furnished with European and Japanese antiques and heavy-duty lights used for shooting movies; the ambience seems almost like that of a private detective's office in a Raymond Chandler novel. The cafe's manager is also a director who makes documentary films. A big Eric Dolphy fan, he uses the sleeve from Dolphy's "Last Date" album as his menu cover. The cafe's resident cat grooms himself to the rhythms of Thelonious Monk.

Eigakan's coffee (Y500), which is carefully prepared using a siphon system, is quite extraordinary. They also serve premium shochu and malt whiskies (Y600-), and you can enjoy original-recipe pastas and stir-fried vegetables. One minute walk from exit A3 of Hakusan station.

by Hikaru Okabe
Bunkyo-ku, Hakusan 5-33-19.
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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended