Looking for a good independent cafe in the Furumachi area? We’ve got you covered.
This month the Niigata English Journal introduces Blue Cafe.
If you’re a book lover, walking up to Blue Cafe’s counter area can be a joyous experience. Rows of books line the walls around Blue Cafe’s large communal table, practically spilling over each other in an effort to stay perched on their crowded shelves. Immediately to the left of the entrance on the way in is a vertical magazine rack with a generous selection of monthly periodicals. In the main cafe space, stuffed shelves divide tables-for-two from sofa seats. Elsewhere, little stacks of books float silently on invisible wall shelves.
With free Wi-Fi, Blue Cafe is a great place to relax, read, or study; and that’s just what the staff wants you to do. Seating options are diverse: the cafe is divided up into spacious sofa seats, a cluster of standard two person tables, a line of counter seats, a medium sized group table, and finally a large communal table. In addition to the individual visitors who drop by to relax and the small groups that stop in for coffee and a chat, the cafe’s communal table makes it a great spot for study groups, and in fact Blue Cafe is quite popular among language learners in the Chuo area.
Aside from the actual seats themselves, the cafe space’s wide panel of windows looks out over a tree-lined street. This contrasts with the booked-in communal table space, and the overall effect is that there are several atmospheric zones to choose from.
As for food, Blue Cafe offers a weekly special (900JPY), a quiche plate (800JPY) and a selection of curry plates (880JPY ~ 900JPY) in addition to the usual deserts. The menu is the same all day, but lunch set options only last from 11:30 to 14:30.
The drink menu is more diverse than your average cafe, with a fairly generous selection of alcoholic beverages in addition to coffee, tea, juice, and soda options.
It’s also worth noting that Blue Cafe is a cultural center of sorts. With ties to members of NOISM (the Niigata City Performing Arts Center’s modern dance troupe) and Niigata’s Soh Odori dancers, Blue Cafe is involved with local cultural circles, and they host live music and other special events whenever they can (right now at an average rate of twice a month). The cafe usually seats 39, but according to the owner, Ms. Abe, they’ve had as many as 80 people in house for past events.
For more information about what they’re up to, check out Blue Cafe’s (Japanese) Facebook page.
Tue ~ Fri 11:30 – 21:00
Sat 9:00 – 21:00
Sun/ Nat. Holidays 9:00 – 18:00
Closed on Mondays (or as necessary).
Location (Zoom out for English)
Blue Cafe is located one block away from CrossPal Niigata!