Set in Kitano-cho’s former Kobe Union Church, Freundlieb offers vaulted ceilings and lots of light. It’s great as a coffee stop but also serves an excellent breakfast.
Freundlieb – image © Florentyna Leow
This is one of our favourite cafes in Kobe, set in the former Kobe Union Church. As a cafe, Freundlieb dates back to 1924, but was moved to this particular W.M. Vories-designed Gothic-style building in 1997. And what an elegant space it is – a bright, airy space, with high vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light streaming in through tall windows. Today, it’s a bakery, shop, and cafe serving up cakes, sandwiches, salads, fresh pastries, coffee, and tea. We particularly love the egg sandwiches made with freshly-baked bread and that creamy mayo-egg filling that Japan does so well. It’s a great choice for breakfast when you’re in the Kitano-cho area.
4-6-15 Ikuta-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, 651-0092
Closed Wednesday or the following Thursday when Wednesday is a national holiday
Subway: 7-minute walk from the south exit of Shinkobe Station on the Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line.
Train: 11-minute walk from Sannomiya / Kobe Sannomiya Station.
Official Website (Japanese)
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