Watch: Kyoto cafe serves coffee in large block of ice


A cafe in Kyoto is gaining attention on social media for serving coffee in a large block of ice.

Key points:

  • The unique drink is served as Cafe 33, a cafe restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto.

  • A video first shared by Instagram user @jukananan727 in June 2023 has recently gone viral, with people eager to try the drink for themselves.

The details:

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  • The video shows a staff member serving the block of ice and pouring coffee into a glass-shaped hole at its center.

  • It appears the drink may be enjoyed in three ways: (1) as black coffee, (2) latte or (3) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  • Customers can also savor a good view of an outdoor garden through a huge glass window.

  • TikTok user @jesseogn, who ordered the same drink in June, shared that the choice of using a block of ice was practical as the “ice didn’t melt into the coffee and kept everything cold for over 30 minutes.”

  • Whether customers can take the block of ice home is unknown.

  • The drink costs 2,000 yen (approximately $13). It is only offered to five customers per day between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to @jukananan727.


  • Instagram users are amazed by the unique drink, with one commenting “Japan is on another level.”

  • “It would have been so funny if you didn't have a straw and had to lift that brick to drink from it,” another user wrote.

  • “That’s not iced coffee. That’s coffeed ice,” another quipped.


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