Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Inoda Coffee main shop
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    4.0
    376 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sakaicho-dori Sanjo Down Le Dogusa cho 140
    A venerable coffee shop located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture that was established in 1940. Outside, the shop looks like a Kyoto merchant’s house; inside, the Western-style, retro atmosphere resembles the lounge of a high-class hotel and looks like a scene out of a movie. The fragrant, nel drip brewed coffee is a point of pride for the café. On request, the shop’s popular Arabian Pearl blend can be served with the perfect amount of sugar and milk. Open from 7 am, the Kyoto Breakfast served until 11 is one of the shop’s specialties and attracts many a repeat customer.

    Ive visited Inoda Coffee (Honten) on several trips to Kyoto and found that its coffee is some of the best coffee in Japan. Its not hard to find great coffee in Kyoto...but Inoda is one of my...

  • Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo
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    4.5
    427 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Komatsuchou 566
    In 1885, Tempura Yasaka Endo was founded under the name Ochaya Omie. There you can dine from a menu that includes their famed Kyoto style tempura bursting with local ingredients. It's housed in a traditional Kyoto sukiya style building constructed 90 years ago in the early Showa period. They offer a variety of dining spaces from easily accessible counter seating to rooms with different feels perfect for entertaining or formal occasions. People also enjoy their lunch menu.

    Multi-course tempura encompassing delicious seafood, mushrooms and vegetables. We experienced great service in a private dining room which had a window out onto a beautiful garden... lovely peaceful...

  • Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi
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    4.5
    591 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 845
    "A five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. This ramen restaurant is located a short distance south of the Takakura-dori Street and Shiokoji-dori Street intersection and is open from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. So popular lines of customers form outside its door from early in the morning, this long-standing establishment has been in business for more than 50 years. Particularly recommended is the ""Tokusei Ramen"" as well as the menma boiled bamboo shoots ramen, chashu sliced roast pork ramen, yakiton grilled pork, and gyoza pot stickers. The restaurant also offers a reasonably priced student discount ramen for people of high school age and younger. The restaurant's ramen is available for takeout and can also be ordered shipped from the official website."

    I and my family have been here twice. We accidently found it when we first visited Kyoto in 2014. Once we were back here again in 2020, it was our destination in Kyoto. Enjoy the simple and authentic...

  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
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    4.0
    210 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Togetobashi Kita-nishi West second elephant
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant standing near the Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular spot in Kyoto City’s Arashiyama area. The shop’s handsome sign, decorated with characters that read “Busho” written by the great artist Rosanjin, welcomes diners. Inside, you can look out over the Togetsukyo Bridge and enjoy the beauty of the season while savoring the flavor of buckwheat noodles crafted by a culinary artisan. The shop’s Kyoto vegetable soba is particularly popular with women customers.

    A nice place to have lunch after visiting arashiyama. Be sure to go early. There is a nice view from the table. The soba mushroom soup is delicious so is the cold soba.

  • Gion Izuju
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    4.0
    251 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 292-1
    A venerable sushi restaurant located in front of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto City’s Higashiyama Ward founded in the late Meiji period. Specializing in Kyoto sushi, a unique variety of sushi which evolved in an area far from the sea, the restaurant’s saba mackerel sushi, made with cub mackerel from Tsushima Bay, is particularly famous. The thick, fatty meat of the shimesaba vinegar soused mackerel goes perfectly with the sumeshi vinegared rice. Other excellent choices include the makizushi rolled sushi, inarizushi fried tofu sushi, and hamonoko young pike conger narezushi fermented sushi. Diners even travel from overseas to enjoy a meal at this popular establishment.

    Food servered should have packed with more fish that commensurates with reputation and high appraisal by diners of Tripadvisor. The first restaurant since becoming a favourite fan of Japan Hour for...

  • Demachi Futaba
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Ichimachi-dori Imadegawa Kamiru Aerosecho 236
    Located along Kawara-machi Street, this Japanese confectioner was founded in 1899. Their famous “nadai mamemochi” features red bean jam and red peas wrapped in freshly-made mochi. It has been around since the founding, and is a standard Kyoto souvenir, popular enough to see people lining up to get some.

    私的『京都で食べたい甘味』の不動のツートップです(もうひとつは今宮神社のあぶり餅)。似たような〇〇大福は各地にたくさんありますが、この「ひゃくパー餅でできてるんだぜ」などっしりとした重量感と豆の塩みが上品な餡とベストマッチです。出町柳駅方向に歩いてすぐの鴨川デルタ(賀茂川と高野川が合流する三角州)まで行って、大文字を眺めながら食べるのも最高です。餅だけに、早めに食べないと食感が落ちるのでご注意。

  • Honke Owariya
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    4.5
    164 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kurumayachou Junichiro Niro
    Honke Owariya is a soba (buckwheat) confectionery shop located north of Kurumayacho-dori Street from Karasuma Oike Station. It has a long history dating back from the Muromachi period, and in 1465 moved from Owari to Kyoto as a confectionery shop. The shop is built with a charming wooden construction from the early Meiji period, and as it is in a place removed from the hustle and bustle one can enjoy a relaxing moment here. The signature dishes are “Hourai  Soba” made in the spirit of “buckwheat is a fortuitous food” and “Soba Mochi” which is a sweet made with soba flour.

    I came along here after visiting the Imperial Palace at around 4 PM and was able to get a seat no problem. The restaurant definitely has a nice vibe about it. The staff are very friendly and the...

  • Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop)
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    4.0
    294 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 569
    Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop) is a popular ramen noodle shop that started as a food stall in 1938. It's known for its rich yet simple soy-sauce based soup with a tantalizing accent of Kujo onion added to deepen the flavor. They also have popular dark fried rice (called yaki-meshi) that's just as good as their dark hued soup.

    It’s an interesting experience for tourists to mingle with local working men slurping their noodles! Prices are most reasonable but food was too salty for my taste

  • Yamamoto Menzou
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    4.5
    195 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiminamigoshochou 34
    This udon restaurant is in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It makes use of the features of the old merchant shop it's in and prides itself on udon with an appealing texture that goes down smooth. Their crispy Tsuchi Gobo-Ten tempura with curry powder and udon broth is also popular. They offer a wide variety of items including tenzaru udon and tsukemen dipping noodles, making it one of Kyoto's leading udon restaurants.

    A bit of a line outside but the food is worth it! Really good udon soups and nice staff. Very good value for money as well!

  • Kyogoku Kaneyo
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    3.5
    188 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Hexagon Tong New Shin Kyogendo Entrance Matsukeba-machi 456
    A venerable eel restaurant founded at the end of the Taisho period located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The warm and retro looking exterior looks the same as when the restaurant was established and stands out all the more amongst the throngs of buildings in Shinkyogoku. The key to the shop’s flavor is a secret sauce passed down for one hundred years which brings out the savory deliciousness of plump eels from Lake Hamana. Particularly popular are the standard eel rice bowl and the restaurant’s famous “kinshi-don”—eel rice bowl topped with an egg fried Kyoto style. One of the restaurant’s customs is the “Kaneyo Yose” held each month, an event which includes live entertainment with a meal.

    Average quality of unagi and very overpriced. It was around $25 for a small bowl of unagi on rice (only three small pieces of unagi). Would not recommend.

  • Sobanomi Yoshimura
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    4.5
    374 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Matsuyachou 420
    An eight-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station. This soba noodle restaurant is situated right in fron of the number one exit of Gojo Station. The restaurant's noodles are crafted by the hands of a skilled artisan using flour stone-ground using domestically grown buckwheat. The restaurant's lunch and dinner menus differ and, in addition, from 14:30 to 17:00, the establishment only serves soba noodles a la carte. Customers can choose among three sizes of noodles - thin, regular, and thick. There are also desserts on the menu such as deep fried buckwheat dumplings and buckwheat ice cream. In addition, the restaurant offers traditional kaiseki course cuisine for parties of two or larger and has menus in English, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese.

    My husband and I visited this restaurant whilst holidaying in Kyoto. Lovely service and an English menu, we tried a set meal for two which included sashimi, tempura, a chicken broth, hot soba and...

  • Hirobun
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 87
    A restaurant and traditional inn just a minute's walk away from a sub shrine belonging to the Kifune-jinja Shrine famed as a power spot which brings luck with love. The inn has a total of eight rooms available to parties of two or larger. The inn takes particular pride in its highly seasonal cuisine, and diners can enjoy “riverbed cuisine” while listening to the murmurs of a stream fed by the Kifune River in summer. In winter, the inn serves wild boar hot pot rich in collagen and nutrients said to give beauty and good health. No matter what season you visit, you are sure to find unique seasonal charms.

    We had heard that getting to Hirobun would be difficult so we made sure to triple check our route, we did this using local maps, asking local people and using google reviews which detailed the route...

  • Ippodo Tea (Kyoto flagship shop)
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    4.5
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Le Ru
    A venerable Japanese tea specialty shop founded in 1717 facing Teramach-dori Street in Kyoto City. The shop mainly carries renowned Kyoto teas characterized by a delicate fragrance, refined sweetness, and mild flavor. From teas which require a whisk and teapot to teabags, the shop carries a wide array of products, and customers can taste before they buy. The shop also provides a takeout service, making it the perfect place to stop by while strolling along Teramachi-dori Street of the Kamo River on a sunny day. You can also enjoy making your own tea in the adjoining Kaboku tea room.

    For tea lovers this is the place to go. You can experience a wide range of excellent teas and have them prepared in traditional styles. Their staff is very gracious and friendly. You can sit in or...

  • Gion Muraji Ramen
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    4.5
    213 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomotochou 373-3
    Gion Muraji Ramen in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward offers customers rich, white-broth ramen made with straight noodles and chicken bone stock. Simmered for a long time, the broth contains collagen and is made to be appealing even to people with smaller appetites. This restaurant does not look like a typical ramen shop and is on the second floor of machiya town house that seems hidden away from the rest of the city. Its traditional-style Japanese interior decor is also noteworthy.

    Below a steep stair is a ramen shop situated which is runned by a single woman. We had to wait a while because all 12 seats were occupied. But it was worthwhile! The lady was very friendly and made...

  • Menya Gokkei
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujinishitojikawarachou 29-7
    This ramen shop is in the ramen mecca of Ichijoji in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City and is a frequent haunt of ramen fans. Featuring a rich broth, they use noodles of medium thickness that have some give from the Kyoto noodle maker Men-ya Teigaku. They close shop as soon as the soup runs out.

    Let me say, I did not eat at the restaurant, so this review is not based on the food. My friend and I went to this ramen restaurant based on a video we saw on YouTube. As expected, there was a short...

  • Omen (Flagship shop)
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    4.5
    319 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakuji Bath pool South adjoining
    A restaurant serving homemade udon noodles located close to the Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto City. This shop popularized “omen,” Gunma-style udon noodles, when they were not yet well known in the Kansai region when the shop first opened in 1967. The noodles, made with wheat from Joshu (old name of Gunma Prefecture), are flavorful, smooth, and chewy. The noodles are steeped in a slightly strong broth made with high quality kombu kelp and skipjack tuna and are served with sesame seeds, seasonal vegetables, and salty-sweet kinpira gobo (stewed burdock root). The restaurant also serves a wide variety of other dishes depending on the season, perfect for enjoying with a cup of sake or other drink of choice.

    This is a really atmospheric place with excellent food. A little pricey for a meat free meal but well worth it for the traditional Japanese experience.

  • Tenryu-ji Shigetsu
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    4.5
    169 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68
    A Buddhist vegetarian cuisine restaurant located inside the Tenryu-ji Temple’s garden, a World Heritage Site, in Kyoto City. Buddhist vegetarian cuisine was originally developed for monks who were prohibited from eating meat. It is made without any animal-derived products, instead using highly seasonal ingredients with a focus on vegetables and emphasizing the “five flavors,” the “five colors,” and the “five laws.” The restaurant offers three courses which change with the seasons—a 3,000 yen course, 5,000 yen course, and 7,000 yen course. No matter which course you choose, you will be able to enjoy delicate flavors that make maximum use of the individual ingredients involved.

    it was a nice traditional vegan food I had here. the atmosphere is great and I really hope for a tranquility and quiet meals but too bad, there was a couple who keep on talking with each others and...

  • Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Byodoin Branch)
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    4.5
    165 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 5-1
    Nakamura Tokichi is a Japanese-style confectionary in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. This venerable shop has its own onsite cafe overlooking the Uji River where customers can enjoy traditional sweets. In addition to ice cream and gelatin desserts made with powdered green tea, customers can also order green tea soba and udon noodles. The restaurant also offers take-out service. Due to its location near the Byodoin Temple, it is a popular refreshment stop for tourists on weekends and holidays.

    Best sweet restaurant in Uji. As you might know, Uji is the capital of matcha in the world. At Nakamura Tokichi Byodoin, they utilize matcha to its fullest extent. Try out the matcha kakegori, soba...

  • Tenka Ippin Main Shop
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujitsukudachou Maison Shirakawa 1F
    Tenka Ippin started its life as an outdoor ramen stand in 1971. It owes its continuing popularity to its broth, which is rich but with a clean aftertaste. The restaurant has grown and now has many branches, but the original branch has some unique menu items, and you will find yourself wondering which of the many varieties to choose.

    There appears to be more than one location for this restaurant, as this is the very exact same menu as the one we ate at on the corner 272-5 Matsubarachō. Tenkaippin ramen restaurant gave a lot of...

  • MACCHA HOUSE Kyoto Kawaramachi
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    3.5
    73 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi Dori 4 rice Yoneya Town rising 382-2
    This store specializing in matcha green tea is located in Kyoto's Shijo Kawaramachi, and among the nine branches they have opened mainly in Asia they provide an original menu that has arranged items reimported from the matcha green tea culture that has developed overseas. Known for using matcha from Kyoto's long-established shop Morihan, on off-days it is so popular that there will be lines several hours long. The most popular item is the matcha tiramisu, in which mascarpone cheese and sponge cake are placed into a masu (traditional square measuring cup) and given a sprinkling of matcha on top. The thick texture with the fragrance of the matcha makes for an exquisite combination and is one of their specialty sweets. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.

    This is a quaint place. It cashes on on the tourist interest in Japanese tea houses in Kyoto, in the bittreish Matcha tea and the quick service of a Starbucks kind of cafe. It lies on the heart of...

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