Where to Eat Kyoto: 36 of the Best Places to Eat in Kyoto

And here we are, the last post in the Kyoto Series: Where to Eat in Kyoto. If you are planning a trip to Kyoto and haven’t caught up on my pre-vacation planning series yet, I wrote a post on where to stay in Kyoto for the first time, Best Coffee Shops in Kyoto and Things to do in Kyoto. I also did the same series for Tokyo as well if you wanted to read those!

where to eat in kyoto - 36 places to eat

Can I just say that after doing both of these series I feel so much more prepared than ever before for a trip? Without this blog, before starting these I would always just tell myself two things

  1. I’ll post about it when I get back
  2. I’ll do the research “later”

And it goes without saying that later never comes and because I don’t prepare for my trips it’s hard to gather thoughts to post about it later. And now it’s like a win-win for me and hopefully helpful for any of you that are planning a trip to Japan.

PS: everything is just in alphabetic order, I thought that would be the easiest.

Places to Eat in Kyoto: Coffee Shops & Cafes

where to eat in kyoto - coffee shops

This is a round-up of my top 7 coffee shops and cafes in Kyoto but if you want a more in-depth list I did a post on 22 of the most instagram-able coffee shops in Kyoto as well!

  1.  % ARABICA
  2. Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe
  3. Cafe Bibliotic Hello!
  4. Koe Donuts
  5. Mo-an
  6. Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya

Where to Eat in Kyoto: Breakfast & Brunch

where to eat in kyoto - breakfast and brunch

I notice that where to eat in Kyoto for Breakfast / Brunch was a bit more difficult to find sit down restaurants for that opened early. If you are in a pinch and just want to get started with your day I recommend visiting your closet 7/11, Family Mart or Lawson and some grabbing some snacks from there!

  1. A Happy Pancake Kyoto
    1. Address: Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 御幸町通 蛸薬師上る伊勢屋町354-1 伽羅ビル2F
    2. Website: magia.tokyo
    3. Type of Food: Japanese Fluffy Pancakes
  2. Cafe Rhinebeck
  3. Clamp Coffee Sarasa
  4. Fukumimi
  5. Honke Daiichi-Asahi
  6. Kawa Cafe
  7. Smart Coffee
    1.  Address: 537 Tenshojimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8081, Japan
    2. Website: smartcoffee.jp
    3. Type of Food: Cafe Breakfast / Brunch + French Toast
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  8. Vie De France

Best Restaurants in Kyoto for Lunch & Dinner

where to eat in kyoto - lunch and dinner

Can I just start the obvious and say that there are a ton of amazing restaurants in Kyoto. When I told people we were going we got so many recommendations and list. What I tired to do was to pick recommendations that didn’t require reservations (because I’m usually not that prepared before vacation) and I tired to pick reasonably price / cheap eats because I just don’t have the tastebuds for nice food.

  1. 551 Horai
  2. Gyoza Hohei
  3. Haafu
  4. In the Soup
  5. Ippudo Nishiki-Koji
  6. Katsukura
  7. Kazu Ramen
  8. Kura Sushi (Kaiten Sushi)
  9. Kyoto Gogyo
  10. Menya Inoichi
  11. Musoshin
  12. Nishiki Market
  13. Okonomiyaki Katsu
  14. Omen
  15. Omura House
  16. Ramen Sen No Kaze
  17. Sushi No Musashi
  18. Torikizoku
  19. Udon Sanshiki (自家製麺 うどん 讃式)
  20. Yakitori Hitomi
  21. Yamamoto Menzou

Where to Eat in Kyoto: Best Restaurants in Kyoto

And that bring me to the end of my round up of where to eat in Kyoto, the best restaurants in Kyoto in my opinion. There are a ton of other places to eat but I hope this list gets you started on making yours

For more on my  Kyoto trip plans, check out my post on where to stay in Kyoto for the first time, best coffee shops in Kyoto and 41 things to do in Kyoto

For more on my Tokyo trip plans, check out my post on what hotel we pick and why we chose that area, the best coffee shops in Tokyo, and my Tokyo bucket list, the best things to see in Tokyo.


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