Café Hanya (般若) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and quiet
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and beautiful gender-separated toilets
Prices: Very reasonable
Strong points: Traditional Coffee shop. Very reasonable “home food”. Very quiet. A rare non-smoking coffee house!
English and French fluently spoken by the owner!

In an era crowded with chain shops of dubious taste and hygiene it is so refreshing to discover a new coffee shop who offers a relaxing calm atmosphere, allows you to stay as long as you want, serves very reasonably-priced meals and spares you from any smoke in a quiet environment only a few minutes walk from the bustle of town and civilization!

just drop off the Tokaido Line at Kusanagi Station, take the first street on the street on the left until you reach a small river and turn right. There you will discover the coffee shop sign!

No, this is not a demon, but a protection against evil spirits!

The place used to be a very busy cramming school until the Yokoyamas retired last year and decided to transform it into a quiet and homely coffee house.

They also double up as a tiny gallery for local artists.

The tables and chairs are all different either by walls or large windows.
Just choose your little corner!

There are tables for groups of 4, couples and individuals.

Beautiful noren/entrance curtain opening onto the washroom!

Plenty of reading material as you may stay as long as you want!

Drapes help diffuse the light!

Hanya Noh Theater mask!
Hanya is a character found in the Noh Theater lore!

A lot of customers will be tempted to take the table paper cloth away!

Cute goblin!

A personal toothpick is provided with the chopsticks!

At lunch take a good look at the different set menu as they tend to come up with something different very quickly according to the mood and season!
On that day there were two new sets offered. The picture above shows a baked cheese curry!

I chose the other new set: open hamburger steak lunch!

You can’t beat a fresh homely lunch!

All lunches come with coffee or tea and a dessert!
How much did I pay for that? A mere 800 yen!

For people who just wish for a drink and dessert set I would recommend hot green tea (this is Shizuoka after all!) and home-made cake set!

Such a pleasant way to serve green tea!

To be continued…

Café Hanya (般若)
424-0886 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Kusanagi, 1-11-2 (3 minutes walk from Kusanagi Station)
Tel.: 054-345-4377
Opening hours: 07:00~18:00
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
HOMEPAGE/BLOG
Entirely non-smoking!

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