Although Kobe’s Chinatown is a major international attractor to the city, Chinese isn’t the only cultural influence worth exploring in this Kansai metropolis. Being a popular port city has brought a diverse array of international cultures to Kobe, and one of the best ways to experience this diversity is through food. Next time you’re considering making reservations at that Kobe beef specialty restaurant, why not take a break from the local delicacies and try out one of these delicious international options?
To help you narrow down your decision, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the most notable and reputable restaurants featuring international menus.
For some incredible Indian food, there’s no better place in Kansai than Chef Bjon’s Sona Rupa. Try the soup curried lentils or tandoori chicken, and don’t miss out on one of their famous kebabs!
Where: Across the street from the B Kobe Hotel on the 3rd floor, 2-2-9, Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0011
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Monday-Saturday: 1,200 – 5,500 yen
Sunday: 1,650 – 5,500 yen
Dinner Course: 3,600 – 5,500 yen
à la carte: 3,000 – 6,000 yen
Website (English): http://www.kcc.zaq.ne.jp/sonarupa/top.html
Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike will love the delicious options at this surprising plant-based cafe in the heart of Kobe beef land! Try one of their delicious wraps, burritos, or salads!
Where: 3-11-15 Kitanagasa, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Japan, 650-0012
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The owner, Mr. Winston, is an expert on Caribbean cuisine! Be sure to give their jerk chicken or the Rice and Festivals dish a try for a spicy island treat.
Where: 1-22-27 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tel: 81 78-251-6488
Located in one of Kobe’s only outdoor dining areas, Bistrot Cafe will please all of your senses. If you can get a table in this popular restaurant, make sure and try the beef bourguignon and crème brûlée for dessert in addition to their lineup of delicious soups, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches!
Where: 1 Chome-7-21 Yamamotodōri, Chūō-ku, Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture 650-0003
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Website (translation available): http://cafe-de-paris.jp/
This popular bakery is located inside the former Kobe Union Church, so dining in here is an experience! Whether you’re just stopping in to pick up some pastries or dining in for some delightful sandwiches and soups, Cafe Freundlieb won’t disappoint.
Where: 4-6-15 Ikuta-machi, Chūō-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Website (Japanese/English): http://freundlieb.jp/
Allow the warmly-lit and jazz-filled ambience to take over your senses as you dine on burgers, sandwiches, soups, and Nailey’s infamous caesar salad.
Where: 2 Chome-8-12 Kanōchō, Chūō-ku, Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture 650-0001
Monday to Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Reference website (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/naileysgrill
Located in one of the oldest Western-style houses in Kobe, Totenkaku will take you back in time for your delicious authentic Chinese cuisine experience. Make sure to try out their world famous Peking duck, which is flown in from China, and wash it down with one of their traditional floral teas.
Where: Funadochō, Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture 659-0093
Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Website (English Available): http://www.totenkaku.com/