Elv Cafe

Elv Cafe

I was worried that since I moved to Nagasaki there might be a distinct lack of design conscious cafes and shops. Turns out my compulsive fears were unwarranted. There seems to be a healthy youth and design culture in the port town of Nagasaki and it warms my heart.

And just like that is how I felt when I came across Elv Cafe in Nagasaki. Through it’s tiny front facing window you can make out the words ‘Belle-vue Kriek’ on a chalkboard inside. Belgian Cherry Beer in Nagasaki? This cannot be true. So, I ventured inside to confirm.

Elv Cafe

The fusion of Tuscan and Moroccan flare is by no mistake. Ultra friendly owner George Nakamura is vocal for his love of Italy and this even comes through on the menu. Small handmade pizzas with mozzarella and prosciutto are available for about 1000 yen but lunch sets offer the best value for money. A Japanese staple Curry is available or a toastie and comes with a drink and a small dessert. All for 1100 yen.

And to my surprise, Belle-Vue Kriek was on tap. I ended up spending the entire day there listening to some smooth calming tunes and enjoying the pastel colors and welcoming company. If you’re in Nagasaki, this cafe should be a must find.

Elv Cafe is located at:
6-16 Sakae-machi,
Nagasaki, Japan
+81 9 5823-5118


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  2. kris says:

    I agree 100% with you. elv cafe is my favorite place in Nagasaki, too. Roaming around the city I’ve found it some years ago and it happened that I’ve passed by many times, attracted by some good glasses of Belgian kriek. The owners are very friendly and it’s a cozy and stylish small place to relax.

  3. Naomi says:

    I had the same fear when I moved here a few months ago! I am so happy a friend introduced me to this place. The curry is even vegetarian, which is quite simply a life saver!

    I think I’ve found my second home.

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02/13/2013 Food