Vegan Cafe Thallo

Vegan and gluten-free eats in Kobe

By Kim B    - 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 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.

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 B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. 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 a week ago
Vegan dishes tend to rely heavily on wheat-based carbs to be filling. A vegan AND gluten-free cafe is noteworthy.
Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
A growing trend in vegan dishes.
Kim B Author 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago
So many different dishes I couldn't imagine! :D
Kim B Author 2 weeks ago
Lots to choose from, for sure!