If you are looking for a cozy place for breakfast or lunch while you are in Nagoya or maybe even to rest your feet and have some delicious coffee in the afternoon after a long day of sightseeing you might want to check out Komeda’s Coffee.
This coffee house embodies everything you imagine a Japanese coffee house to be. Comfortable plush red chairs and a nice wooden interior are just the two most obvious features this cafe uses to let their customers relax and feel like they are at home in their own living room.
Origin of Komedas Coffee
The first branch of Komeda’s Coffee was opened in 1968 in Nagoya. The strategy to open a coffee house where people would feel at home and serving excellent coffee and freshly made bread succeeded and in no time Komedas spread through branches and franchises all over the country.
It shaped the Japanese coffee culture as we know it today and it might just be the best Japanese coffee shop or at least serving the best coffee in Nagoya.
Nowadays there are more than 800 shops all over Japan, with the highest density of shops in and around Nagoya. Nagoya coffee today is synonymous with Komeda’s Coffee.
Coffee at Komedas
To have a great experience at a Japanese coffee shop there is one element that has to be excellent: the coffee. It’s in the name after all.
At Komeda’s Coffee you can choose from a variety of coffee beverages, hot and iced coffees with or without milk, sweet or not, additional cinnamon, whipped cream on top and so much more.
The coffee beans are a careful selection from all over the world and blended and roasted directly at Komedas. The finished coffee is distributed to all Komeda’s Coffee chains in Japan to ensure the same quality of coffee and delicious flavor, simply to ensure it is the best coffee in Japan.
And if you like the coffee you can even buy the beans to take home with you. This is just one element that makes it the best cafe in Nagoya.
By the way, sometimes it happens and people don’t like coffee, no problem at Komeda’s. There are other beverages such as teas and different juices, sodas, and milk as well. I recommend you try the mixed juice.
Nagoya Morning Service
If you decide to visit one of the branches of Komeda Co., Ltd. in the morning you have to try the famous Nagoya Morning Service, a Nagoya tradition, and the only way to have breakfast in Nagoya, or so it seems.
Komedas is not the only place where you can get a Nagoya Morning Service in Nagoya, most coffee shops and cafés will offer a free toast with egg with your cup of coffee in the morning.
At Komeda’s Coffee, which is a real breakfast coffee shop, you have the choice between toast with a boiled egg, toast with an egg spread or Ogura toast, toast with red bean paste. And you only pay the price of your drink, which is usually less than 500 yen (5 US dollars).
I just mentioned Ogura toast in the previous section about Nagoya breakfast and the Nagoya Morning Service. And it is true when people think about Nagoya breakfast they think: Ogura toast.
Ogura toast is a simple toast served with margarine and a bit of sweet red bean paste on the side, just like you might serve a toast with jam in other countries. The margarine melts deliciously on the still hot toast and fits perfectly with the sweet and creamy taste of the red Azuki paste. It goes perfectly with your morning coffee. Try it for yourself!
Snacks and Main Dishes
If you visit Komeda’s Coffee for lunch you won’t leave disappointed either. The menu has a variety of sandwiches and some main dishes that will leave you happy, full and energized for the rest of your sightseeing day.
One of my favorite dishes is the Ebikatsu Pan, a sandwich made with a deep-fried shrimp patty, salad, and a delicious sauce.
I would also never say no to pizza toast because whoever invented this dish must have definitely been a genius. Two slices of toast with egg salad in between topped with tomato sauce and grilled over with cheese. Add some Tabasco to your liking and its the perfect meal to get you through the day.
If you aren’t full after a sandwich or main dish of your choice, and maybe even if you are, you have to try another staple of Komeda Nagoya, a Shiro Noir. A soft and warm danish pastry topped with soft-serve ice cream and syrup.
There is some seasonal variation which you can also try. By the way, Shiro Noir comes also as a mini size if you can’t possibly eat a full-sized one.
Map of Komeda’s Coffee in Nagoya
There are so many Komeda’s Coffee shops in Nagoya that I couldn’t possibly put them all on a custom made map. Trust me I tried.
For this reason, I recommend you simply search for ‘Komeda’s Coffee’ on your Google Maps app to find the coffee shop closes to your hotel or where you are at the moment.
If you are wondering where the best place to stay is around Nagoya check out this post.
Nagoya Food Tour
While Komeda’s Coffee is not part of my regular Nagoya Meshi Food Tour, it is entirely possible to add Komeda as a stop on a private Nagoya Food Tour.
A private food tour of Nagoya is tailored to your needs and preferences. So you and your friends and family can have the best experience possible.
Decide at what time you want to do the tour, how long you want the tour to be, how many restaurants you want to visit. If you have allergies or things you cannot eat, this is the perfect food tour for you.
Final Thoughts about Komeda’s Coffee
Did I make you hungry and excited to visit Komeda’s Coffee while in Nagoya? I hope so! It is really a nice little oasis away from the ‘stress’ of sightseeing and exploring Nagoya. And a perfect place to take your hungry kids.
If you are still looking for more recommendations in Nagoya, I recommend you first check out the Nagoya Travel Guide with all the useful information about Nagoya in one place.
You could also read the one day Nagoya itinerary which includes a morning visit to Komedas, and if that isn’t enough check the things to do in Nagoya post where you will find even more activities to fill your day.
But if you really want to deep-dive into the food in Nagoya your best option is to participate in our Nagoya Meshi Food Tour. You get to dry different Nagoya foods and learn about the food culture of Nagoya and Japan. Click here for more information about the tour.
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In love with Japan and its amazing food, Lena wants to share her passion with the world. That’s why she started Nagoya Foodie. To teach about Nagoya, her adoptive home online through blog posts and offline through unique food tours.