22 of the Best Coffee Shops in Kyoto

We are going to Kyoto in mid-November and because of my love affair for coffee shops, I wanted to round up the cutest & most Instagram-able coffee shops in Kyoto for our trip (like I did with Tokyo coffee shops). So, I scoured the internet, Google and Instagram to find what I thought were the best must-see coffee shops in Kyoto.  I know there are a bunch of other “best coffee shops in Kyoto” type list that exists but I found them to be just a handful of the same 5 shops listed over and over, so I wanted round up as many as must-see coffee shops I could find and include any notes I had on what I’ve heard about them.

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In all transparency, I don’t think it’s physically possible for us to visit all of these during our 5 days stay in Kyoto, so I made sure to highlight my standout favourite coffee shops in Kyoto for our upcoming trip down at the bottom.

22 Must-See Coffee Shops in Kyoto Japan

So a bit of a backstory if you were wondering why I’m making list before even going to Kyoto. We’ve known we were are going to Japan in November for a really long time now and because of that, I wanted to make it my mission really plan out our trip. We really winged it the first time around and I didn’t like not knowing all my options and hate planing moment of.

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So, for this trip, I really wanted to buckle down and do my research. So I a pre-vacation series I tackled Tokyo already, covering, where to stay in Tokyo if it’s your first time, the most Instagram-able coffee shops in Tokyo, where to eat in Tokyo and things to do in Tokyo. And now I tackling Kyoto, this post is actually the second post in my Kyoto Series, with the first one being Where to Stay in Kyoto for the first time. Anyways, without further a duo here are my 22 must-see coffee shops in Kyoto.

 

#1: % ARABICA

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Address: 87-5 Hoshinocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0853, Japan (3 locations in total!)

Website: arabica.coffee

Any notes? It’s known to be the best especially the Higashiyama & Arashiyama locations, therefore, it goes without saying that it’s really REALLY crowded and the sitting area is tiny so take yours to go!

#2 Alt. Coffee Roasters

Address: 28-4 Shinsenencho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8371, Japan

Website: altcoffee-roasters.com

Any Notes? They have vegan food options!

#3 Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe

Address: Japan, 〒606-8437 Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Nanzenji Kusakawacho, 64

Website: bluebottlecoffee.jp

Any Notes? Unlike some of the other smaller coffee shops, this one is quite roomy!

#4 Cafe Bibliotic Hello!

Address: 650 Seimeicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0951, Japan

Website: cafe-hello.jp

Any notes? It’s inspired by a library hence the name.

#5 Clamp Coffee Sarasa

Address: 67-38 Nishinokyo Shokujicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8381, Japan

Website: cafe-sarasa.com/shop-info/clamp-coffee-sarasa/

Any Notes? It’s open earlier than most places in the area but it’s a bit hard to find, but be on the lookout for this entrance.

#6 Dongree

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Address: 214-4 Ikedonocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0848, Japan

Website: dongree.work

#7 Drip and Drop Coffee Supply

Address: Japan, 〒604-8041 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Uraderacho, 594 東入ル 蛸薬師通

Website: drpdrp.com

Any Notes? There not that much seating so you might to plan on grabbing it to go.

#8 Inoda Coffee

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#京都必朝聖咖啡館 #早餐推薦 在古色古香的京都,發現這家又日式又美式的老咖啡廳!!! 光這個美式風格的門口~ 就讓我拍個不停了🤣 裡頭的氛圍也是很棒  聽說這家的早餐非常好吃😋 可頌很厲害~ 畢竟日本很少早餐店! 如果想吃早餐的朋友~ 非常推薦大家來這❤️ 可惜時間關係, 我無法在這裡享用早餐! 不知道誰有吃過?跟我分享一下心得吧🤨  要來京都的朋友我把資訊給你們, 快點存下來吧!!! 👉🏻イノダコーヒ 本店 INODA COFFEE 地址:京都府京都市中京区堺町通三条下ル道祐町140 營業時間:7:00~19:00 #weiweitodayslook #weigracegift聯名系列鞋款 #京都 -today’s outfit all by @rocksteady.tw

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Address: Japan, 〒604-8118 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Doyucho, 140 堺町通り (plus 6 more locations)

Website: inoda-coffee.co.jp

Any Notes? It’s a chain coffee shop but one of the oldest chains in Kyoto.

#9 kawa COFFEE

Address: Japan, 〒604-0986 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Konbuyacho, 397 丸太町通

Website: kawacoffee.jimdo.com

#10 Koe Donuts

Address: koe donuts, 新京極通四条上ル中之町五五七番, Nakanochō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8042, Japan

Website: donuts.koe.com

Any notes? The store itself is amazing to look at.

#11 Kurasu Kyoto

Address: 552 Higashiaburanokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8235, Japan

Website: jp.kurasu.kyoto

#12 Mo-an

Address: 8 Yoshidakaguraokacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8311, Japan

Website: www.mo-an.com

Any Notes? It’s on top of a hill, in a forest.

#13 PASS THE BATON

Address: 77-6 Sueyoshicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0085, Japan

Website: www.smiles.co.jp/news/2015/07/pass-the-baton-kyoto-gion201588open.html

Any Notes? it’s a store as well.

#14 Sentido

Address: 445 Sasayacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8187, Japan

Website: goodcoffee.me/coffeeshop/sentido/

Any Notes? It has a really minimal vibe.

#15 Smart Coffee

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. 프렌치토스트 넘버원👍🏻

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Address: 537 Tenshojimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8081, Japan (2 Locations)

Website: smartcoffee.jp

Any Notes? They do serve food here and apparently the french toast is amazing!

#16 Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya

Address: 高台寺南門通下河原東入桝屋町349番地, Masuyachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan

Website: store.starbucks.co.jp/detail-1476/

Any Notes? I know it’s just a Starbucks but just look at the images it’s like no other!

#17 Starbucks Kyoto Karasuma-Rokkaku

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吸えるスタバやっと見つけたw

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Address: 254 Donomaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8134, Japan

Website: store.starbucks.co.jp/detail-880/

Any Notes? The views here are worth stopping in for!

#18 Vermillion

Address: 85 Fukakusa Inarionmaecho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0881, Japan (There are 2 Locations)

Website: vermillioncafe.com

Any Notes? Both locations are super well-loved.

#19 WALDEN WOODS

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@darlingblooms から徒歩2分のカフェ @waldenwoodskyoto  のコーヒーがむっちゃ美味しい💜  古ーい純喫茶みたいな場所がが好きな私は このオシャレ空間にいつもすごく緊張する🥺  でもコーヒーいただく空間の光の感じに すごく癒されるし、テーブルはなく、 階段みたいな感じの所に座るのも 何故かなんとなく心地良い  立ち話してるのもなんやし、 ここ座って喋ろか  って言うて座って話すのが なんか楽しかったりするの… なんかそんな感じ。  よくわからんか🙂  おススメカフェでした☕️🖤    #kyoto #kyotocafe #coffeetime #京都カフェ

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Address: 508-1 Sakaecho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8194, Japan

Website: walden-woods.com

Any Notes? It’s an all-white dream of a coffee shop.

#20 Wanderers Stand

Address: Japan, 〒600-8321 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Yaoyacho, 58 イチハタビル 1F

#21 WEEKENDERS COFFEE

Address: 560 Honeyanocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8064, Japan

Website: weekenderscoffee.com

Any Notes? This place was on everyone’s must-go-to list!

#22 WIFE&HUSBAND

Address: 106-6 Koyamashimouchikawaracho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, 603-8132, Japan

Website: wifeandhusband.jp

Any Notes? Another place on everyone’s must-go-to list!

Personal Roundup of the Top Coffee Shops in Kyoto

And that brings me to the end of my round of the best coffee shops in Kyoto, we don’t leave for Japan trip until November so if you have any recommendations or comments on what you think are the best coffee shops in Kyoto please let me know in a comment below!

In an ideal world, we would go to every single one of the 22 coffee shops I listed, but realistically I know we can’t, so my personal top contenders are the following

 Most Instagram-able Coffee Shops in Kyoto

most instagram-able coffee shops in kyoto

  1. % ARABICA for its aesthetics –  87-5 Hoshinocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0853, Japan
  2. Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe, I want to understand the hype – Japan, 〒606-8437 Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Nanzenji Kusakawacho, 64
  3. Cafe Bibliotic Hello!, it a LIBRARY and who doesn’t want to take photos in front of a wall of books – 650 Seimeicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0951, Japan
  4. Koe Donuts, probably the most Instagram-able out of all of them – koe donuts, 新京極通四条上ル中之町五五七番, Nakanochō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8042, Japan
  5. Mo-an, nature is love – 8 Yoshidakaguraokacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8311, Japan
  6. Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, for a commercial yet traditional experience – 高台寺南門通下河原東入桝屋町349番地, Masuyachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan
  7. WEEKENDERS COFFEE, it literally on every list for the best coffee –  560 Honeyanocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8064, Japan

& that’s it, I hope you found some new coffee shops to visit in Kyoto after seeing this list.

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