Hyogo Prefecture's capital of Kobe is a bustling port city, packed with plenty to see, do, and eat. You may think that this part of Japan would be devoid of any vegan options - especially considering the popularity of the regional specialty Kobe beef - but thankfully there are gems to be found for those among us who stick to plant-based diets. Vegan Cafe Thallo opened in 2017, and the owner has a real passion for animal welfare advocacy.
Vegan Cafe Thallo are focused on creating meals that are free from animal products, wheat flour, white sugar, or the use of microwave ovens in the cooking process. The most popular item on the menu is the vegan quiche which comes in three different varieties (tomato, spinach, and curry). The quiche set is priced at 1600 yen and comes with the quiche of your choice alongside brown rice, soup, salad, and the deli item of the day. If you're visiting the Kobe area with children you'll be pleased to know that the cafe is very family-friendly and there's a kids plate option available. Similar to the regular mains, the kids set includes soup, salad, and the deli item of the day, along with a vegan hamburger, brown rice, a small dessert, and apple juice to drink.
The dessert options vary at the cafe, but there is usually a rotation of several different vegan tarts. Options that have been available previously have included the likes of a yuzu chocolate tart, strawberry custard tart, and banana coconut tart. Another regular is the tofu brownie served with soy ice cream.
English menus are available, and a number of the staff also speak English. Do note that the cafe is closed every Wednesday if you're making a special trip.
To discover more of what Kobe has to offer, check out the Japan Travel guide here.