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Vegan Cafe Thallo

Vegan and gluten-free eats in Kobe

By Kim    - 2 min read

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 1300 yen and comes with the quiche of your choice alongside brown rice, soup, salad, and the deli item of the day. You'll also find options like vegan ramen and a Japanese vegan kasaneni curry. Kasaneni is a cooking technique which focuses on steaming vegetables to ensure that nutrients are retained. If you're visiting the Kobe area with children you'll be pleased to know that the cafe is very family-friendly and there is also a kids plate option available on the menu. 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 some of the options include tofu brownies, carrot cake, pound cake, and vegan ice cream.

English menus are available, and a number of the staff also speak English. The cafe is open from 11.30 am until 6 pm daily, but this can be subject to change. If you follow along on their Instagram account, they will happily answer any queries you may have via direct message.

To discover more of what Kobe has to offer, check out the Japan Travel guide here.

Getting there

Vegan Cafe Thallo is located four minutes on foot from Motomachi Station, served by the JR Kobe Line, the Hanshin Main Line, and the Kobe Kosoku Line.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sherilyn Siy 10 months ago
Vegan dishes tend to rely heavily on wheat-based carbs to be filling. A vegan AND gluten-free cafe is noteworthy.
Sleiman Azizi 10 months ago
A growing trend in vegan dishes.
Kim Author 10 months ago
One of my most loved things to write about! The amount that the vegan eating scene has grown just in the past few years is really impressive!
Elena Lisina 10 months ago
So many different dishes I couldn't imagine! :D
Kim Author 10 months ago
Lots to choose from, for sure!