Kissaten are usually thought of as Japanese coffee shops, but Kissamako is no ordinary kissaten. A typical kissaten is like a moment frozen in time: picture vinyl seats, chrome-edged tables and lace-trimming everywhere, then add a layer of retro 1960s Japanese charm. Kissamako has been open since 1961, so it’s got the 60s charm in spades, but unlike a normal kissaten, this place is all about seafood. The house special is the ozoni, a bowl of aromatic clear broth with grilled mochi, poached chicken, clams, scallops and vegetables. For a quick bite, grab the quintessential kissaten egg sandwich.
Kissamako is tucked down an alley and up one set of stairs. You’ll know you've arrived once you spot the scarlet glass door. Inside, pull up a lace-covered chair in that unmistakable 60s shade of brown and listen to the sweet sounds of old soul and jazz records.