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Cafe / Coffee Shop Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Inoda Coffee main shop
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    4.0
    322 Reviews
    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.

    We came for breakfast, and had some good toast, an okay egg sandwich, and some mediocre coffee. (The African was better than the Colombian, but neither one was good.) Since the store roasts its own...

  • Kifune Club
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 72
    A café located on the road approaching Kifune-jinja Shrine in Kyoto City. The shop’s knotted Japanese cedar wood, antique chairs, Nestor Marting wood heater gives it a retro atmosphere. The windows covering one wall gives customers the chance to enjoy the verdant scenery of the Kifune area. The shop’s menu includes matcha lattes and coffee as well as sweets such as matcha parfaits and warabi mochi dumplings. From April to October, the café also serves light Japanese meals such as yuba (tofu skin) donburi rice bowls and kamameshi rice. Kifune Club also makes a perfect place to stop and have lunch in the middle of a stroll.
  • Shinshindo Head Office
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    4.5
    39 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...

  • Pomme
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Joudojishimominamidachou 144
    A café located along Philosopher’s Walk in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture distinguished by its red apple sign. The red chairs in this white-themed and airy café give it a certain cuteness. The shop’s apple sweets and specialty apple tea are sure to perk you up in between a stroll about town. Terrace seating also available.

    Walking the philosophers path to the silver temple. This place was a nice rest point for coffee and cake. Cakes were soft and moist and the menu was in English. Edith Piaf playing and a nice open...

  • The Lobby Lounge
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kamogawa Nijo Bridge
    A luxurious tea lounged located on the first floor of the high class Ritz-Carlton Kyoto hotel. The interior is modeled after a Kyoto merchant’s home and is distinguished by its wood latticework. The lounge is also lined with shelves displaying pieces by domestic artists. During afternoon tea, customers can enjoy sweets by Pierre Hermé, particularly popular with women. The restaurant offers everything from a breakfast menu to an extravagant dinner menu. In the terrace seating looking out over a waterfall, customers can enjoy a meal or tea time bathed in the rays of the sun. Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station is the closest station to the restaurant.
  • Cafe de 505
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakienshoujichou In the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
    An open and airy café facing the water font inside the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto in Sakyo Ward in Kyoto City. The restaurant's homemade fresh pasta is a point of pride and is served on special plates that keep the pasta piping hot for longer. The restaurant offers a full menu of light meals and dishes made with well-known Kyoto ingredients. The restaurant's sets which tie into the museum's special exhibitions and include pasta with three side dishes are particularly popular. Diners can sit on the open terrace and gaze out over the trees, enjoying a mini-cherry blossom viewing party with their meal.

    We had a good lunch and coffee here after visiting the museum. While prices were higher than usual, it can be expected in a museum restaurant.

  • POP KYOTO
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    3.5
    2 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."

    カラフルな水玉模様で可愛らしい扉が目印。フォトジェニックでポップな要素をふんだんに取り入れたインテリアのフロアでした。カップごと食べられるマキアートがエコで可愛い。食べられるクッキーカップに濃いめのラテです。可愛いラテアートが施されていて、飲んでも、食べても、撮っても楽しめる。少し苦めなラテと内側にコーティングされたお砂糖が、混ざり合ってちょうどいい甘さ加減でした。

  • MOMICAFE
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saganisoninmonzenkitachuinchou 15

    This vegetarian cafe is located in the Arashiyama area. Its a bit far from the train stations, but if you are exploring the temples in the northern part of Arashiyama (e.g. Gio-ji, Seiryo-ji), this...

  • Yukinoshita Kyoto Main Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjouaburanokoujichou 145-1
    The main location of this café chain famed for its shaved ice and pancakes situated in an alley in Sanjo aburanokoji in Nakagyo Ward. In addition to shaved ice and pancakes, the shop offers sandwiches, gratins, French toast, and other items made with select ingredients ordered from producers around the country.
  • Fukumimi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Aneyakoujikoromonotana Nishijir Le Nagahama Town 143-3
    A Hawaiian café located a five minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway. Situated inside a remodeled Kyoto townhouse, the café serves Hawaiian-style pancakes. The café also serves French toast, crepes, waffles, and acai bowls. Visitors can also purchase the café’s proprietary pancake mix.
  • % 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!
  • Kyoto Modern Terrace
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    4.0
    73 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 so many people visited the restaurant even though on weekday? First of all, very specious and beautiful architecture makes people to visited there. Second, very convenient place from all...

  • KAWA CAFE
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    3.5
    107 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.

    Contrary to some of the reviews we found Kawa cafe quite welcoming with good food at reasonable prices. Staff were friendly. We would liked to have sat on the balcony overlooking the river but we...

  • MARUZEN-Café
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Yamazakichou 251 Kyoto BAL Underground 2F
    A café located inside the Kawara-machi area Kyoto BAL mall. The Kyoto flagship location of the Maruzen bookstore chain adjoins the café. The first Maruzen Kyoto branch opened in 1907 in the Fuya-cho neighborhood on Sanjo Street and was famously used as a setting in Motojiro Kajii’s novel Lemon. Later, the Kyoto branch was moved and then closed before re-opening at its current location. In connection with Lemon, the shop serves lemon-based sweets and hayashi rice (hashed meat and rice), said to have been created by Maruzen founder Hayashi Yuteki, among other items.
  • Café Bibliotic Hello!
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  • BOOK&cafe Tutti
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujihiromichichou 3-4 Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama
    A café located in the Hotel Binario Saga-Arashiyama a one minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station. In collaboration with Futaba Shobo, a bookstore operating primarily in Kyoto and Shiga, the café also carries various books and Japanese knickknacks. Offering beverages, sweets, light meals, and even alcoholic drinks, visitors can enjoy their order while appreciating the café’s book-lined shelves and artworks.
  • Umezono CAFE & GALLERY
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Fudouchou 180
    The sister shop to the Umezono sweet shop founded in 1927 located in the Fudo-cho neighborhood of Nakagyo Ward. The shop offers Umezono sweets like dango dumplings made according to the same recipe used when the shop was first founded while also serving as a gallery space. The shop also offers items only served here like matcha green tea hot cakes and brown cane sugar French toast. Items such as the mitarashi dango glazed dumplings and warabi mochi bracken starch dumplings are available for takeout.

    The Maccha Pancakes here are the best Ive ever tasted. They are thick and have that slightly bitter maccha tang that combines with the sweet red-bean sauce and homemade butter to just melt in your...

  • Yojiya Café Sagano-Arashiyama Branch
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    4.0
    56 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.

    We were 4 persons who came to the cafe, but only 3 of us would like something to drink. But we couldnt order anything unless we ordered 4 things. We asked why and the waiter said that when we were 4...

  • GOSPEL
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Joudojikamiminamidachou 36

    Passed this restaurant by chance and had a great lunch. The kids had freshly baked scones and tea while we had the curry chicken and meatballs with delicious gravy. Very tasty. Located in a nice...

  • Yayoi café
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama ku Gion Shimogawara 481 Kiiii cho
    A café produced by Yayoi, famed for its chirimenjako dried young sardines cooked with green Japanese peppercorn. The café is located 50 meters south of Yasaka Shrine’s Minami ro mon (South Gate). The shop serves pastas and seasoned rice made with Yayoi’s renowned ojako young sardines, ochazuke tea on rice, and sweets such as the Osu sansho cake made with matcha green tea and sansho Japanese pepper. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the café also serves a limited number of bowls of jako-gayu, dried young sardine porridge (reservation required).

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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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