13 Spots for Sweet Treats When You Are on a Date in Kamakura

Publish-date: Jan 29 2018 Update-date: Apr 09 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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13 Spots for Sweet Treats When You Are on a Date in Kamakura

In Kamakura, you can feel a sense of history through the Buddha statue in Kotoku-in Temple, shop at Komachi Street (Komachi-dori), enjoy the scenery of flowers at Ishigama Garden Terrace, and so on. The city has lots of famous sightseeing spots that are perfect for romantic dates. If you explore the city, you will find many restaurants and cafes that serve Japanese sweets. For your convenience, while sightseeing, it is good to know which restaurants are truly the best. This article will feature some restaurants and cafes in Kamakura that serve Japanese sweets. You should be able to easily visit them in-between lunch and dinner!

1. bills Sichirigahama

1. bills Sichirigahama

Offering incredibly popular dishes such as the [Ricotta Pancake] that's made fluffy by using meringue, bills is a casual dining restaurant that is loved by many Hollywood stars and celebrities from other countries. Established in Kamakura in 2008, bills Sichirigahama is its first overseas branch. The restaurant remains popular even now, and has become a popular dating spot. Since it faces the sea, you can enjoy the view of the ocean wherever you are seated. On sunny days, relaxing on their terrace seats is a must-try.

bills Sichirigahama

Open: [Monday] 7:00 am - 5:00 pm (L.O. 4:30 pm, Food L.O. 4:00 pm)
[Tuesday - Sunday] 7:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm, Food L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
*Opening hours may change due to bad weather conditions
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Shichirigahama Station
Address: 2F, Weekend House Alley, 1-1-1, Shichirigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Kamakura Bowls

2. Kamakura Bowls

If you are dropping by Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, which is known to bless marriages and bring good luck, why not try the famous [Shonan Kama-age Shirasu-don] (boiled whitebait rice bowl) of Kamakura Bowls? The restaurant is known as a posh donburi (rice bowl dish) cafe. Buildings such as a Catholic church stand in the restaurant's vicinity, providing a view of the city's atmosphere as you dine. The restaurant also has a luxurious interior where you can feel the warmth of trees. Without realizing, you will be longing to stay longer. They also serve a wide variety of desserts like their best-selling roll cake, making it a perfect place for that romantic date.

Kamakura Bowls

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (L.O. 5:00 pm) *Reservations not accepted during lunch
[Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY *Dinner course from 3,500 JPY; Course with all-you-can-drink from 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY *Reservations not accepted; Lunch menu from 1,380 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Kamakura Station. Head towards Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine on Wakamiya Oji Street, and you'll find it to the right.
Address: 2-14-7, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. LAWDY BREW

3. LAWDY BREW

There are two sides to LAWDY BREW - one is a cafe that serves homemade sweets during the day, and another is a bar that serves smoked food and alcohol at night for an adults' night out. Diners are attracted to the restaurant's American-themed environment. Their menu items like [Cream Puff] and [Muffin] are available for take-out, so you can enjoy their delectable treats while exploring the city. At night, it is ideal for dates spent enjoying American alcoholic drinks and [Chicken Legs] smoked in-house.

LAWDY BREW

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Cafe Time 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Bar Time 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed: Tuesday *The next day will be closed instead if a national holiday falls on a Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from Enoshima Station
5-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station
Address: 1F, 1-13-8, Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. OXYMORON Komachi

4. OXYMORON Komachi

Known as a popular curry cafe, Oxymoron has a total of 3 branches in Japan - 2 in Kamakura and 1 in Futakotamagawa (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo). The restaurant takes pride in their curry dishes - with each portion made individually in a small pot, their drip coffee that is made one cup at a time, and carefully-made sweets. Due to that, diners can feel their utmost dedication in their home-cooked dishes, interior, and even staff. Their bestseller, the [Ethnic Soboro Curry] (minced chicken curry), is a very healthy treat, as it comes with a generous serving of herbs, such as green onions, shiso (perilla), mitsuba (Japanese parsley), and coriander. Those who love herbs and vegetables will find the dish irresistible.

OXYMORON Komachi

Open: [Thursday - Tuesday] 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (L.O. 5:30 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: 1,501 JPY - 2,000 JPY
Address: 2F, 1-5-38, Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. LONCAFE Kamakura Komachi Street Branch

5. LONCAFE Kamakura Komachi Street Branch

With its main branch located in Enoshima, Loncafe specializes in French toast. It is a space that's reminiscent of a resort, with a hint of Shonan culture. The restaurant's most popular item is the [Rich Crème Brûlée French Toast]. It is a dish of their classic French toast, which is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, topped with rich crème brûlée. It is a must-try for sweets lovers! Apart from the French toast, they also serve other varieties of seasonal and limited edition French toasts. Diners will surely have a hard time choosing which one to try!

LONCAFE Kamakura Komachi Street Branch

Open: [Monday - Friday] 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open during lunch and on Sunday
Closed: Irregular
Average price: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPY
Address: 2F, 2-7-32, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Biscuit

6. Biscuit

Biscuit is a cute cafe that's known for its white exterior and country vibe. It is located on the 2nd floor of a 2-story building, together with a shop selling clothes and miscellaneous goods on the 1st floor. Apart from their eye-catching white exterior, they are also known for their huge homemade custard pudding, loved for its eggy texture and mild sweetness that tastes nostalgic to diners. They also serve a wide variety of drinks, such as [Pink Ginger Ale] and [Mixed 3 Berry Soda]. The restaurant's interior has a natural vibe due to its wooden interior, providing a cozy and relaxing dining experience after a long day of roaming around the city.

Biscuit

Open: [Monday - Friday] 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Closed: None
Address: 2-7-30, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Iwata Coffee

7. Iwata Coffee

Iwata Coffee is a popular cafe that's around a 1 minute walk from Kamakura Station. The cafe is known for pancakes that look like they could reach 10cm in thickness; crispy on the outside, yet soft and moist on the inside. By spreading some butter on it, it becomes even more of an irresistible treat. Each order takes around 20 minutes to prepare, so it's perfect for anyone that wants to have a leisurely date. Being a coffee shop, they take great care in preparing their coffee, which pairs perfectly with their special pancakes.

Iwata Coffee

Open: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (L.O. 5:30 pm)
Closed: Tuesday, 2nd Wednesday of the month
Average price: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPY
Address: 1-5-7, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. La Maison Ancienne

8. La Maison Ancienne

Located in an old Japanese-style house, La Maison Ancienne has an antique interior that goes well with its traditional vibe. They sell a variety of homemade breads, scones, and other items that can be ordered for takeout. The restaurant's 1st floor features antique goods and breads for sale, while the 2nd floor features the cafe. The cafe is located on the road from Hase in Kamakura to Gokuraku-ji Temple, but rather than bustling with tourists, it has the quality of a cafe that is known to those only in the know, which is yet another attractive element of this cafe. It is also located near Jojuin Temple, which is known as a power spot for love and romance, so it is also a perfect place for romantic dates.

La Maison Ancienne

Open: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: 1,501 JPY - 2,000 JPY
Address: 2-1-13, Gokurakuji, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Komame

9. Komame

If you are going on a stroll for a date within Sasuke, where the Zeni-arai Benten Shrine is located, you'd want to drop by Komame. On the path towards Sasuke, you can find this Japanese space about a 8-minute walk from Kamakura Station, in a quiet place away from the town's hustle and bustle. They serve a wide variety of carefully-prepared, homemade Japanese dishes and desserts like the [Komame Kurokan] and [Tofu Shiratama Cream Kuro-shiro Anmitsu]. They pay special attention to their red bean paste that use carefully examined beans, agar-agar jelly made from Gelidiaceae algae, and rice. This classic sweets store gives visitors a smile, and serves as a memory of their visit to Kamakura.

Komame

Open: 11:00 am - 5:45 pm (L.O.)
Closed: Tuesday, 3rd Monday of the month
Address: 1-13-1, Sasuke, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. arbrenoir

10. arbrenoir

arbrenoir is known to serve the city's new specialty sweet called [Kamakura Yaki] (soft, fluffy dough with black sesame paste inside). As you enter the place, you can observe the equipment making these sweets, as it is made on-site. It is available in boxes or à la carte, and can be purchased at an affordable price of 60 JPY per piece. Its easy-to-eat size and appearance made it famous as a treat, souvenir, or even as a light snack while roaming around the city. If you are coming to Kamakura for sightseeing, remember to add this delectable treat to your list!

arbrenoir

Open: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: Up to 500 JPY
Address: 1-8-39, Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

11. Oimo Cafe KANARIA

11. Oimo Cafe KANARIA

Known for their sweet potato-based desserts, KANARIA is perfect for dates and girl's parties. It is also recognized for its irresistibly cute exterior. They serve a wide variety of Kamakura sweets that will spark your curiosity, such as the [Oimo Ice] (sweet potato ice cream), [Warabi Mochi] (jelly-like sweet made from bracken starch and dipped in roasted soybean flour), and [Japanese-style Parfait] that will let you enjoy shiratama dango (a type of mochi formed into a ball). Many of its diners are frequent customers, attracting mostly women and sweet potato lovers.

Oimo Cafe KANARIA

Open: [Monday - Sunday] 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (L.O. 5:30 pm)
Address: 1F, No. 4 Enomoto Bldg., 2-10-10, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

12. MushinAn

12. MushinAn

MushinAn is the perfect place to go for a date in Kamakura, or when you want to try dishes and sweets unique to the city. Dining there is pure bliss, as you can enjoy the view of the Enoshima Electric Railway and the sound of koto (Japanese stringed musical instrument), all while leisurely munching on some traditional Japanese sweets like [Anmitsu] (dessert made of sweet bean paste, jelly, and sometimes fruits) and [Mamekan] (another dessert made of sweet bean paste and jelly, but without fruits). Housed in a renovated Japanese-style home, this cafe is a perfect place for those who want to maximize their quality time with their special someone.

MushinAn

Open: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed: Thursday
Address: 3-2-13, Yuigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

13. Kurumi

13. Kurumi

Established in 1968, Kurumi gained its reputation as a long-established Japanese cafe serving matcha (powdered green tea) and other sweets. Their best-selling item is the [Cream Zenzai], which makes the cafe a perfect place for those seeking desserts and comfort in Kamakura. It is a simple dessert served with 9 shiratama dango and a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. They also specialize in matcha-based desserts, whose slightly bitter taste goes perfectly with their other sweets. It is about a 8-minute walk from the East Exit of Kamakura Station along Komachi Street, making it easy for people to visit when sightseeing.

Kurumi

Open: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm (L.O.) Weekdays from 12:00 pm
Closed: None
Address: 1-5-38, Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jan 29 2018 Update-date: Apr 09 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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