To the South of Kyoto station and one minute on foot from Karasuma Line’s Kujo station sits ‘Lower East Nine’ café at the intersection of the Karasuma street and Kujo street.
Surrounded by older buildings, Lower East Nine stands out with its white façade, dark door and window frames. The windows of the café area are sliding doors which can be opened completely when the weather is good. The large glass windows give passersby an inviting look of the lovely interior.
Lower East Nine used to be a hostel & café but due to the consequences of covid the hostel section has been turned into an office.
Entering the café, immediately on your left you will find the order counter and kitchen which has a lovely stylish red brick wall in the background.
On the right you will find shelving with a few counter chairs that separates the order counter & kitchen from the café/seating area.
The seating area is spacious and is comprised of a variety of different styles of furniture. In the front is a large wooden table surrounded by vintage Toledo swivel chairs.
In the corner in the back is an authentic Chesterfield sofa with matching Chesterfield wing chair set.
The rest consists of small tables with Karimoku’s K60 suede and leather chairs.
The whole look is brought together with a beautiful wood herring bone pattern floor.
Lower East Nine has a simple menu with a limited selection of food and drinks. For drinks it offers: “coffee, espresso or mocha” for coffees. “Matcha latte, earl grey or English breakfast” for teas and juices like “coke, ginger ale or appletisers and grapetisers (which are fruit juices blended with carbonated water)”. They also serve beer or wine.
Lower East Nine is an easy accessible spacious café with a mix of beautiful furniture pieces and a nice relaxing atmosphere.
An ideal place for just having breakfast or lunch or on your way to the nearby Tofukuji temple.