In Nara, near Todaiji Temple, there is a cafe called “Kumori Tokidoki Avarotzu” on the premises of the popular restaurant “Acordu,” which uses plenty of fruits and ingredients from Nara. The cafe offers a space with the warmth of wood and authentic cafe menu items such as Basque cheesecake and rich coffee. The cafe opened in 2023 and focuses on using locally sourced produce, including seasonal fruits from Nara. The cafe also offers popular items like tiramisu and Basque cheesecake, along with Nara-blend coffee for a complete experience. The cafe’s owner aims to convey the beauty of Nara through the cafe’s offerings.
Located near Todai-ji Temple, there is a popular restaurant called “Accord” on the premises, a cafe called “Kumori Sometimes Abarotts” which uses plenty of Nara-grown fruits and ingredients.
The name of the cafe means “rustling of the trees” in Basque, a language used on the border between Spain and France, and it is a space where you can feel the warmth of the trees. It is a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can enjoy a variety of authentic cafe menus that are particular about the ingredients and flavors, such as Basque cheesecake and rich coffee.
“Accord”, a Spanish restaurant, is about a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station towards Todai-ji Temple. The well-known popular restaurant in the Tomio area was forced to relocate and opened on the west side of Todai-ji Temple in Nara Park in 2016. From that time, the long-awaited cafe “Kumori Sometimes Abarotts” was opened on the same premises in the fall of 2023.
“As they say, ‘strawberries, figs, grapes, watermelons, pears, persimmons… Nara is abundant in fruits throughout the season,” said Mr. Kawashima.
True to his words, the brightly shining cakes in the showcase use a rich variety of seasonal fruits that are delivered directly from the markets and producers. In addition to fruits, another feature here is the use of locally produced Nara ingredients as much as possible.
One popular item is the tiramisu, which is served at the end of the course at the restaurant “Accord”. The tiramisu, which has a light, fluffy texture without using mascarpone cheese, has been highly praised as an item that many people would like to take home. According to the regular customers of the restaurant, their desire has been fulfilled.
Another popular item is the Basque cheesecake, which was born in the Spanish Basque region where the owner-chef trained. Made with simple ingredients such as cheese, cream, and a little bit of alcohol, the cheesecake has a substantial and rich flavor. There is also a whole-size (12cm) available for 3240 yen, which is perfect as a souvenir.
Of course, the coffee to accompany the cake is also from Nara. The original blend coffee, which was created together with “KOTO COFFEE ROASTERS” in Gose, Nara Prefecture, won the Japan Coffee Roasting Championship. They carefully brew it by hand-drip.
At “Kumori Sometimes Abarotts”, there are also souvenirs you would want to take home as a memory of your trip. One of them is the baked confectionery, which is always available in about 4 different varieties. One particularly notable item is the large-sized lemon sablé. It uses plenty of lemon peel and juice, and the icing is also flavored with lemon. If you have it in the store, it is also recommended to add ice cream for 180 yen and enjoy it entwined with the sablé.
The wooden plate on which the cake is served at the cafe is made by a Nara artisan, and it is also possible to purchase it. The furniture in the store is also made by the same artist, they said.
Mr. Kawashima said, “I want this place to convey the goodness of Nara. Even in an age when we connect over the internet, I want this shop to be a quietly meeting place that we can pass through a filter.” You can feel his feelings in various places.
Nara is known as a walking sightseeing destination. Of course, it is a great place to stop by as a resting place during sightseeing, and also as a popular takeaway spot for coffee and cake, so you can enjoy it surrounded by the greenery of Nara Park. Visiting “Kumori Sometimes Abarotts” may allow you to experience the charm of Nara that you have not encountered before.