Chelsea Cafe

Hikari-machi has been getting a boost in recent years due to the new developments going on around the Shinkansen exit side of Hiroshima Station. This once quiet area now has a lively main road full of ramen shops, izakaya (Japanese style pubs), bars and cafes. Chelsea Cafe is a nice cafe-bar and is a good choice for a wide choice of menu items and drinks, especially for whiskey lovers. [日本語]

The chef’s specials are curry & rice (¥680) or omuraisu (omlette and rice)(¥780). The chef’s special was a shrimp and fresh vegetable pasta dish on the day I visited. The noodles were cooked just right and the sauce was delicate and delicious – beautifully done. In true kissaten style, payment was settled when the order was made, it was kind of a surprise as not many places do it this way. However, as a late-night venue this must be a handy way to prevent anyone from slipping out without paying their bill.

The dinner menu (from 5pm) includes a wide variety of Italian and Japanese dishes to choose from – salads, seafood, fish, meats, pasta, pizza and sweets. A regular says there is a real nice pub atmosphere in the evening and the owner has a real passion for whiskey. The bar is well stocked with many kinds of spirits, there are also wine and beer options available.

Chelsea Cafe is on the main drag not far from the fire station and around the corner from the YOURS supermarket. If heading straight through Hikari-machi from the Shinkansen station, turn right at the Lawson convenience store (opposite WANTS drug store), you will find Chelsea a few blocks down on the right side. There is a lively ramen shop with a colorful sign located diagonally across the street.

Chelsea has seating for 34 people (includes 8 stools along the counter bar), two of the tables are Japanese style as they are raised up, take your shoes off before stepping up and there is space to put your feet down once you sit under it (hori-gotatsu). Adding privacy, there are sheer curtains separating the dark wooden tables. The decor is a bit of a mish-mash of a Mexican sombrero hats and retro-modern painting, light fixtures and curtains. It has a feel of a modern kissaten (Japanese style mom & pop coffee shop cafe). If you are bothered by smoke, this might not be the place for you as it is a smokers’paradise and can get pretty smoky, even if there only one person lights up.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 17:00-03:00
  • Sunday: 17:00-24:00
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • English menu available on request
  • No parking area or parking discounts
  • Smokers paradise (no non-smoking areas)
  • Reusable chopsticks
  • Reservations accepted and set meal and drink plans available (3,000~5,000 for food courses including 2 hours all-you-can-drink plans)

Address: 1F Haimu Building, 1-6-23 Hikari-machi, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Tel: 082-236-6977

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