Kamakura|A beloved local cafe that makes you feel nostalgic


What means “ミルクホール”(Milkhall)?

Milkhall is a Wasei-eigo word (和製英語, “Japanese-made English”, “English words coined in Japan”) which refers to a Western teahouse that sell milk and light refreshments. Long time ago, the Japanese government promoted people to drink milk for improve the health of citizen Therefore, the stores that offer milk, bread and snacks were very welcomed during Taishō period (1912-1926).

Where is 鎌倉ミルクホール(Kamakura Milkhall)?

There is a shopping street closed to the east exit of Kamakura called “Komachi dori”, where is always being crowded with people. At the same time, as long as you walk into a back alley, you will find a tranquil cafe that makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of the street.

鎌倉 ミルクホール

Antique, Jazz music and delicious cuisine

kamakura milk hall antique

You can see so many records, antique furniture and items at here.  It makes a wonderful and retro atmosphere. There are so many choices on the hand-drawing menu which might makes you spend a little time on hesitation.  According to the waitress, the recommended menu is “ハヤシライス” (Hayashi Rice) which means hashed beef rice. It usually contains beef, onions, and button mushrooms, in a thick demi-glace sauce which often contains red wine and tomato sauce. Since it is beloved by the local customers, the recipe of Hayashi Rice of here has not changed for several decades. It tastes a bit sour in mild flavor which goes well with rice. Nevertheless, plus 350 yen with black tea or coffee and dessert.

hayashi rice

Besides, if you have good appetite, “自家製ローズポークブランチ” (Home-made pork sausage brunch) is a nice choice. The sausage is so juicy and delicious that you won’t stop after the first bite. Additionally, pickled cabbage and warm bread taste good.

milkhall brunch

It is worth noting that there are not only nice food, music and antique items. You can see there are a pile of notebooks which are written by customers during past few decades. Also, they have published their own free paper to introduce their history and the information about Kamakura. If you can read Japanese, how about read them as well? After visiting here, you will understand what a fascinating cafe it is. Next time you come to Kamakura, make sure you spend some time at here to refresh yourself.

kamakura milkhall

Address:2-3-8, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0006, Japan
Open:Weekday 11:00~20:30(L.O.20:00) / Sat, Sun and holiday 11:00~21:30(L.O.21:00)

For more information about Kamakura and Enoshima →http://www.odakyu.jp/train/couponpass/enoshima/

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