Cafe / Coffee Shop Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji South Gate Dori Shimogawara Higashiiri Masuyacho 349
    Starbucks' Regional Landmark Stores reflect the local culture, one of which is the Kyoto Niningsaka Yasaka Chaya Store, which opened in 2017 (Heisei 29). The store is housed in a 100-year-old Japanese house and offers a space to experience traditional Japanese culture with tatami mat seating and a tsuboniwa garden. Prices are the same as those at regular stores, and customers can enjoy their favorite drinks in a special space.
  • % Arabica Kyoto Higashiyama
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    4.5
    456 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Hoshinochou 87-5
    A coffee shop in Higashiyama. The first location in Japan for this chain which has shops in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kuwait. Here patrons can enjoy coffee made with high quality equipment using beans from company farms in locations like Hawaii. One of the shop’s baristas is a former world latte art champion!

    Very tiny and rather crowded Cafeon even mis weekday. The coffee was really great and so was the sparkling lemonade!

  • Inoda Coffee main shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.
  • Ippodo Tea (Kyoto flagship shop)
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    4.5
    214 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.

    They have a small bar where you can choose premium green tea types alongside matcha. There’s usually a wait so be prepared to wait around 20 mins before seating. The teas offered are absolutely...

  • Malebranche Kitayama Main Store
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    4.5
    75 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kita-ku Kitayama Pass Botanical Garden North Mausumen
    "With a main store located near Kitayama Station, the triangular roof and brick facade is the sign that you've come to Western confectioner ""Malebranche."" You can enjoy eat-in desserts only available at the salon adjacent to the shop. In the connecting concierge's room, they sell some products of the chocolaterie ""Cacao 365 Gion Shop."""

    Kyoto is full of wonderful treats but Malebranche stands heads and shoulders above any of the confectionaries we experienced. The okoicha langue de chat biscuit is delicious and will delight...

  • La Madrague
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Pref. Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Oshikojidori
    This classical coffee shop was inherited by the owner after 50 years of business and the name was changed to the present. The menu includes carefully selected coffee, as well as nostalgic Neapolitan tomato sauce spaghetti served on an iron plate and Bolognese meat sauce spaghetti. The most eye-catching item on the menu is the “Corona omelet sandwich” inherited from the ex-owner of the shop used to be named Café Corona. This is a fluffy thick omelet sandwiched between thin pieces of bread. It is a popular dish featured in magazines and on TV programs.

    Have you ever had Napolitan (its a japanese style tomato ketchup pasta) or ever tried thick egg omelet sandwich??? ok if you answer is no, this is where you should go ! This napolitan is rich...

  • Smart Coffee
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    4.0
    182 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Sanjo Kameru 537 Tianari-cho Mae
    This venerable café located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture was founded in 1932. The flavor of the coffee, which has been roasted in-house since the shop was first opened, goes perfectly with the café’s fluffy pancakes and French toast. The shop’s retro and relaxing atmosphere backed by the warmth of brick and wood is also part of its charm. A Western-style restaurant is located on the second floor; the Smart Lunch, which gives you a choice of two main dishes, is its feature menu item. Smart Coffee is popular not only with regulars but tourists as well.

    Pancakes were definitely my favourite, the sandwiches were good too but if you have a sweet tooth definitely go for the pancake! You can also get it in a set with a drink.

  • Cafe Hassui Suiran Hotel The Luxury Collection Kyoto
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 12
    About a six minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen (Keifuku Electric Railroad, Arashiyama Line) is this tea ceremony store which has inherited the traditional historical building, Kameyama Imperial Villa, where there was once a deck. The view from the terrace seating is the magnificent scenery of Hozugawa River and Arashiyama, which change hues with the four seasons. You can enjoy a Japanese afternoon tea set with Kyoto vegetable jam and high quality seasonal sweets. In addition, a snack menu is available, such as original jade rice cake, a cake set, and sandwiches etc. The drink menu is also extensive and can be chosen to go with the food.

    We found this place by chance and it was a pleasant surprise. The ambience was very nice with Japanese garden view. The Japanese food set was very delicious and well presented, great service as well.

  • Soiree
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Nishikiya-machi District Shijyo Kameru Makamachi 95
    A venerable café founded in 1948 located a one-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. Famous for its connection to the painter Seiji Togo, the café sign and interior is decorated with his paintings. The café’s renowned jelly punch, five different colors of jelly floating in Japanese cider soda, is refreshing to the eye as well as the body. Many customers come for this beverage alone and it can sell out in hours after the café opens.
  • Murakami Kaishindo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Chukyo-ku Teramachi-Tori Nijo-Eru
    This patisserie was established in 1907 on Teramachi-dori Avenue, in Tokiwagi-cho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. They offer a variety of sweets like 11 types of cookie, or Russian Cake, which is made from scratch and softer than the cookies. They also sell summer-only Orange jelly, and creamy Teramachi Vanilla Pudding. The attached cafe, housed in a renovated 90-year-old Japanese style building, offers coffee and cafe-only sweets.
  • Salon de thé Francois
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shirokyo-ku Nishikiya Machiya Street Shijo Shimo Le Funato-cho 184
    Salon de thé François is a stylish Western-style construction accessible on foot walking south along the Takasegawa River from Kawaramachi Station. The interior is the work of founder Tateno Shoichi, and feels just like the hall of a luxury ship. From its establishment in 1934 it has been used a place for liberal-minded people to interact, and in 2003 it was designated a Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. The coffee is the Vienna type full of fresh cream. There is also a great selection of Western sweets that go well with the coffee.

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  • POP KYOTO
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishikiyamachishijou Upper Le Mamachi 97 Immersium Building 1F
    "A cafe and bar located on the first floor of the same building as WORLD KYOTO, a long standing Kyoto nightclub. Decorated in bright, primary colors, here customers can enjoy fresh cocktails and fruit juices. One item on the menu that people are particularly paying attention to is the ""eco-presso,"" espresso served in a cookie-based cup that you can eat. The inside of the cup is coated with icing that keeps the espresso from leaking out and also goes great with the bitter flavor of the beverage. A bar where you can take fun pictures, drink, and eat, the establishment is popular with men and women of all ages."

    京都を代表するクラブWORLDに併設するカフェバーPOPは、おしゃれな内装で、クラブオープンするまでに時間におすすめです。特に生絞りで作ってくれるカクテルは美味しいし、コーヒーも美味しいですよ。もちろんクラブで疲れた際の休憩で上がってくるもあり。

  • WIFE & HUSBAND
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Koyamashimouchikawarachou 106-6
    A café located along Kita Oji-dori Avenue housed inside a charming, old-fashioned home that was remodeled after becoming vacant. Operated by a husband and wife team, the café building is also the couple’s home and is situated in a quiet area not far from the Kamo River. Each cup of the café’s delicious coffee is made from home-roasted beans carefully prepared one at a time using a unique drip method. The café also serves toasts, cakes, and rusks which go well with coffee, making it a popular destination to take a break and enjoy a light meal in between a walk about town. On clear days, patrons can order a picnic basket containing a pot of coffee, cups, and sweets and enjoy a picnic on the Kamo River. Closest station: Kitaoji Station.
  • Ogawa Coffee Main Store
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Nishikyougokukitashouzakaichou 75
    Ogawa Coffee an old-style coffee shop in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward, is a space that promotes a coffee lifestyle. It sells coffee beans, offers samples, and has more than 20 varieties of coffee available. Customers can enjoy the seasonal sweets made by the cafe's pastry chef, as well as meals. It is also possible to rent the entire cafe for private events.

    小川珈琲のコーヒーセミナーに参加しました。講師が小川珈琲のバリスタでとてもわかりやすく教えてくださいました。美味しいコーヒーとケーキもご馳走になり満足しています。

  • Vermillion Cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Fukakusakaidoguchichou 5-31
    Vermillion Cafe is located near the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward. It serves light meals and sweets along with pure, freshly ground coffee. The cafe's terrace seating affords a view of Yashimagaike Pond at Fushimi Inari and the verdant natural surroundings, attracting both local residents and tourists from Japan and overseas.
  • Kyoto Modern Terrace
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    4.0
    90 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakisaishoujichou 13 Rome Theater - Kyoto Park Plaza 2F
    The Kyoto Kaikan, designed by Kunio Maekawa in 1960, was praised as a masterpiece of modernist architecture. ROHM Theatre Kyoto, facing Heian Jingu Shrine, preserves Maekawa’s vision despite significant alterations and expansion, and Kyoto Modern Terrace is located on its second floor. Here diners can enjoy fire grilled dishes and other menu items made with seasonal Kyoto ingredients in a modernist atmosphere. The restaurant is also rentable for parties and accommodates up to 200 people.

    We had been eating at smaller Japanese restaurants during our recent trip so we decided to try the Modern Terrace Café which had an eclectic menu with a sharp, contemporary interior. We followed the...

  • Saryo Tsujiri
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    4.5
    189 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasumaru Saltwater Road Ru Higashi Salchojiro cho JR Kyoto Isetan 6F
    Sweets cafe Gion Tsujiri is an old shop serving Uji-cha tea on the 6th floor of JR Kyoto Isetan, a department store directly connected to JR Kyoto Station. Here one can taste a rich variety of sweet flavors coming from the premium Uji-cha tea, from matcha parfait to anmitsu (syrup-covered bean jam) and matcha mousse. Its location makes it convenient for both locals and tourists, and is a popular place to go for authentic Kyoto sweets. The wide windows of the interior command views of the townscape below.

    Very good quality of ice cream! Very good price and very calming and quite place! Friendly staff!!!!

  • MALEBRANCHE Arashiyama Branch
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryuji Arima Arashiyama Ryuugyo 1F
    This Japanese pastry shop is about a one-minute walk from Arashiyama Station in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto. In addition to their famous matcha-flavored langue de chat biscuits called Cha no Ka, their Cha Cha Bo eclairs topped with matcha ice cream are popular as limited edition sweets from the Arashiyama Store. Many tourists visit looking for various limited edition products and souvenirs.

    抹茶のラングドシャが有名。 今回は抹茶フォンダンショコラを購入。 サービスでラングドシャを一ついただきました。嵐山店限定のエクレアに抹茶ソフトが載ったスィーツ、食べたかったのですがコロナ対策でイーストインものは販売中止になっていました。3月15日までと言う事でしたが中止延長かな?もう、食べられるのかな?

  • MO-AN
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Yoshidakaguraokacho 8
  • Sarasa Nishijin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kita-ku Murasakinohigashifujinomoricho 11-1

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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