If you want to really experiance Kanazawa and you're tired of all the tourist spots and Starbucks pop into Mero Mero Pochi.  It's a small coffee shop, cafe, artist hang out.  The staff speaks some English and are very friendly and helpful.  There are always new events going on so it's best to pop in to see what's coming up.  A great place to see live music at night and have a light lunch in the afternoon.  Located in Omicho market near the old Diei building.  Look for the Oban yaki stand and it's right across the way downstairs.  Prepare to just relax and chill out.