Kissaten is a traditional Japanese style café. Where you are severed tea
coffee, juices and soft drinks. Iced tea and coffee is very common especially
They have been slowly dying out since about 20 years ago. There were much
more in the past. Any that do still exist are rather run-down and only popular
with the older generations.
Although in the past, they were popular for students and businessmen.
The word itself was used much more frequently in the past, however with the
increased presence of western style cafes, it’s a dying word.
Nowadays the word ‘café’ has completely taken reign over ‘ kissaten’ in
Japanese. You wont find anybody saying ‘lets go to the kissaten’.
Kissaten’s are privately owned and drinks are more expensive than your
western café chain. However the ambience is very unique it takes you into
another era of japan. It is more quiet and personal.
If you want a change from the norm try and grab a coffee at a kissaten.