Cafe / Coffee Shop Spots in Kyoto Area

  • 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...

  • Dessert Cafe Chourakukan
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    4.5
    98 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Yasakatorimae Tokyu Maruyama Town 604
    This Western-style building constructed in the Meiji era is an elegant dessert café and a ten minute walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station. The guests can choose from seven different styles of room and indulge themselves as they enjoy live piano performances four times a day and twice in the evening. The Rococo style “guest room”, which was once used as a drawing room, is only used for afternoon tea. Visitors can spend an elegant afternoon enjoying cakes and tea using British style afternoon tea stands, with scones and sandwiches.

    been there twice .. Just tried the vienna style coffee. Love this place. first time i went with a friend and when i visited japan again I took my mother and she loved.

  • % Arabica Kyoto Higashiyama
    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!
  • Inoda Coffee Porta Branch
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    4.0
    142 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Higashi-shiokojicho 858-1 Kyoto Sta. Mae Underground shopping center Porta
    A famous coffee shop that still uses the traditional cotton-flannel filter dripping method for brewing coffee that they have since their founding. This shop has a lot of long-term fans and isn't just known for their impressive coffee. Their Kyoto Breakfast will remind you of a hotel breakfast and its elegance and volume is an indispensable part of your morning during a trip to Kyoto. Come spend a moment of luxury in the high-class relaxed retro-modern atmosphere of the shop.

    Really enjoyed coffee and French toast. Would definitely go again and recommend to others. A little pricey though.

  • 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.
  • Malebranche JR Kyoto Isetan Salon
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Shiokoji Sagaru Higashi-shiokojicho JR Kyoto Isetan 6F
    This shop is on the sixth floor, and the window seats offer a panorama view including Kyoto Tower. The interior is filled with seasonal live flowers year round, for a comfortable, soothing atmosphere. It's a relaxing place to enjoy fresh-made Mon Blanc, parfait, and other Salon exclusive sweets with coffee or tea.

    Stopped in for a break after shopping in the Men’s Department of Isetan Kyoto. Café Malebranche was right outside the entrance to the department. Great view through all round glass windows, high up...

  • KAWA CAFE
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    3.0
    141 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kimiya-ku, Kimiya-cho Tsukimatsuhara Kamiru Minnoya cho 176-1
    A café stationed inside an old Kyoto townhouse facing the Kamogawa River located halfway between Kawaramachi Station and Gojo Street. The café is open non-stop from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., offering brunch, lunch, tea time, dinner, and bar services. For dinner, the café serves bistro-style cuisine. During Kyoto’s traditional river deck season, the café also offers terrace seating along the Kamogawa River.

    First impression was bad, we got denied entry because we said we wanted a coffee and apparently one can not enter the place until 3pm for a coffee because it’s lunch time. 5 minutes later the owner...

  • Snoopy Chaya (Kyoto Nishiki Branch)
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Nishikikoujiyanaginobamba Nishiwa Nakaoya-machi 480
    This cafe is located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto. It was created based on the concept of combining the popular character Snoopy with traditional Japan. Besides traditional gozen dishes where you can taste raw soy milk skin and tempura, you can also get Japanese sweets such as mitsumame (agar-agar cubes with sweet beans and black syrup) with Snoopy marshmallows as a topping. There is even a takeout corner where they sell Japanese confectionery and vegetable ice cream.

    Stopped here for an afternoon desert which was well presented and tasty.Although a little pricey worth the visit if in the area,

  • Cafe Hassui Suiran Hotel The Luxury Collection Kyoto
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    4.0
    31 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 were choosing between FS Kyoto and Suiran and decided to stay at the FS,so whilst exploring Arashiyama we decided to have a drink here whilst waiting for our boat trip. The balcony overlooks the...

  • Kyoto Modern Terrace
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    4.0
    87 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.

    Why don’t more people come here? Lovely ambiance - great food and fab wines. We sat on the terrace after dinner finishing our wine listening to great jazz. Best bottle of Californian Zinfandel in...

  • Maeda Coffee Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Takoyakushidori Karasuma Nishiiru Hashibenkeicho 236
    A five-minute walk from Karasuma Station and Shijo Station. This long-standing cafe is located a short distance down Takoyakushi-dori Street off of Karasuma-dori Street. The cafe's distinctive, retro building was originally a kimono fabric store. One of the cafe's draws is that smoking is allowed in all of the seats except for the non-smoking area. Particularly recommended is a cup of coffee made with a direct heat roaster, together with one of the cafe's homemade sweets. The cafe's seasonal pies, cakes, and mousses make for popular souvenirs. Also popular are the cafe's light meals such as its signature spaghetti Napolitan and old fashioned cheese toast.

    We recently stopped by Maeda Coffee Honten on Takoyakushi St.. This was our second visit to this establishment in about 3 years. Last time we were there, we had a good experience. Their coffee was...

  • eX cafe Kyoto Arashiyama Main Store
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 35-3
    A café located a one-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Arashiyama Tram Line operating out of a renovated old mansion. The calming Japanese interior of the café is furnished with comfortable sofas and tatami seating. The shop’s uniquely Kyoto-style sweets and drinks are popular, including matcha green tea parfaits, soy milk lattes, and the kuromaru black roll cake, which has even been featured in magazines. Patrons can enjoy a café break before or after a stroll while enjoying the view of the establishment’s 400 square meter Japanese garden.

    We like the style of this place. Very nice. Great for first timers to Japan. We loved the dango filling at our table. This place is not cheap but worth it.

  • 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.

    We were at Ogawa Coffees flagship store, our final destination of our Kyoto trip. Found so many types of nice specialty coffees. We bought many boxes for souvenirs. Really love Ogawa Coffee. Highly...

  • Yojiya Café Sagano-Arashiyama Branch
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitateishichou 2-13
    A café a five minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station operated by Yojiya, a renowned producer of oil blotting papers. The café serves light meals and drinks such as cappuccinos feature the same familiar logo mark used on Yojiya’s packages. The adjoining café goods hop sells cups, glasses, and oil blotting papers in special Yojiya Café packages.

    A chilled cafe with garden views. A good place to get some light meals and drinks. The green tea cappuccino is nice.

  • Eggs 'n Things (Kyoto Shijo Branch)
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Motoakuoujichou 47-4
    Eggs 'n Things is located in Kyoto's Shimogyo Ward. Customers enjoy dishes like eggs Benedict and pancakes in a cafe decorated to evoke Hawaii. The pancakes are noted for their chewy texture and their toppings of light and fluffy whipped cream. The cafe is open from breakfast time till dinner time and can provide meals for every mood.

    I didn’t like the food here. Although the portions are huge, I got an omelette and it was drenched in oil. It made for a very uncomfortable meal. Pretty central and the restaurant itself is huge and...

  • Kyoto Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House
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    4.5
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Okazaki Tennocho 76-15
    A chocolate shop famous for it's melt in the mouth texture unlike anything you've ever tasted before. Come enjoy a variety of drinks that blend the flavors of natural chocolate in a shop whose interior overflows with the elegance of Kyoto. It's a small cute shop operating as a cafe space in a classic Kyoto house located near Heian Shrine.

    Extremely peaceful Or simply romantic tea house that you can visit if you are nearby the zoo or nanzenji temple, it would take 10 mn to stroll down to the tea house. It was a huge surprise to see the...

  • Tea and Sake room Tasuki
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sueyoshichou In 77-6PASSTHEBATONKYOTOGION
    This cafe adjoining the PASS THE BATON KYOTO GION is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. In addition to tea and alcohol, their Japanese sweets and kakigori shaved ice that you can eat all year round are also famous. Many tourists come during the summer just for their different monthly kakigori. You can also purchase the tableware they use in the cafe.

    The best dessert I had in a very long time! Kakigori, which is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavoured with a variety of things. Ours had figs and caramel. It has such a delicate texture and tasted...

  • Shinshindo Head Office
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kitashirakawaoiwakechou 88
    A café located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture that was founded in 1930 and which adjoins a bread factory. Famous as the first shop in Japan to make and sell French bread, here customers can enjoy a variety of breads, from standards to seasonal items. The interior is modeled after a Parisian café and the long tables and couches crafted by Living National Treasure Tatsuaki Kuroda give it a comfortable and laid back atmosphere.

    Stumbled upon this place for brunch. Classy vintage is the first words that came to mind when I entered, cozy and relaxing once I sat down. There are mainly long tables and benches. Ordered their...

  • Ohara Sanso Ashiyu Cafe
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharakusaochou 17
    This cafe is in Ohara Sanso, a hot spring inn located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. It's a popular spot for enjoying tea while taking a relaxing footbath. You have to buy at least one drink, and it comes with a towel for drying your feet. A table seat at the footbath can be used for 40 minutes. Their homemade shiso (perilla) juice is made from red shiso they grow themselves. The interior is a thoroughly Japanese-style space overflowing with Kyoto ambience. You can enjoy the seasonal scenery of Ohara's nature unfolding just outside the window.

    I visited there on the way of Jakkoin temple. I used only cafe, not accomodation. Foot bath was equipped in the cafe. We ordered drink and were given towels too. We put feet into bath during drinking.

  • Smart Coffee
    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.

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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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