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  • Japanese Cafe and Gift Shop Ten
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-208-10
    Japanese Cafe and Gift Shop Ten is located in a space that also includes a gift shop in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. Customers enjoy food and drink made with matcha green tea, as well as matcha-flavored no-bake cheesecake and tarts, parfaits served in traditional pottery bowls and other popular sweets that take advantage of Kyoto-style ingredients. The gift shop sells handmade money envelopes and postcards, along with noren (shop door curtains), tapestries and other interior furnishings.

    Honestly I was only taken in by the goodness of the matcha cheesecake. It isn’t a fancy cafe because it is more of a cafe cum gift shop. However, the service is excellent. There are also some minimum...

  • Zen Kashoin (Kyoto Muromachi Main Store)
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Muromachi-dori Nijo Ru Le Tepo Pharmaceutical Town 271-1
    Located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, this cafe is in the Zen Kashoin, a Japanese confectionery store, which sells sweets centered on castella sponge cake. In addition, you can enjoy mainly Japanese sweets such as oshiruko (sweet red bean soup), parfaits and matcha ice cream floats. Spend a relaxing time in the building that exudes an historical presence.

    Came here to buy their signature - Zen Castella and bought the Chocolate Castella as souvenir as well. Zen Castella has only 1 day shelf life, so eat fresh! It is very rich and fragrant, has a thick...

  • Chuboku Chaya
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1 in the precinct
    Chuboku Chaya is located on the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The name, which means Loyal Servant, originated with Jusuke Otsuki, who served Gessho, the abbot of Seiju-in Temple at the end of the Edo period. Customers can enjoy sweets, such as warabi mochi (bracken jelly dusted with soy flour), zenzai (sweet red bean soup), or dango (mochi balls), or savory items, such as soba or udon noodles. This teahouse is a popular rest stop for tourists visiting Kiyomizu-dera.

    夫婦で訪問。 ともに関東出身のわれらが初めて京都に行った際、こちらできつねうどんを食べ、関西のお出汁の美味しさに感動した思い出のスポット。 今回20年くらいぶりに行ってみた。 うん、おいしい。 でもその間経験値を積んだせいか、最初の感動は訪れなかったな ^^;

  • MALEBRANCHE Arashiyama Branch
    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.
  • Pongee's Table
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Botambokochou 567-1
    This cafe is in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. Besides their popular rye flour pancakes, they offer a variety of items like seasonal shaved ice, pasta, and hamburger steaks. Come spend some time in its laid-back atmosphere.
  • Slow Jet Coffee Kodaiji
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-cho 526 Takadaiji Temple
    Slow Jet Coffee Kodaiji is located on the grounds of Kodaiji Temple. In addition to pour-over coffee made with carefully selected coffee beans and curry made with Kyoto-style vegetables, customers can enjoy Japanese-style sweets that evoke the essence of Kyoto. Since it is on a hill, it offers a view of Kyoto Tower and a panorama of the city of Kyoto. Both local residents and visitors to the temple patronize this cafe.
  • La Voiture
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shougoinentomichou 47-5 front of martial arts center
    Located a 15-minute walk from Jingu-Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Railroad, this small cafe was handed down from a grandmother to her grandchild. The retro yet charming exterior immediately attracts attention. The interior is decorated with Western-style antique furniture, but somehow it all fits in with the mood of the ancient capital, Kyoto. Ever since La Voiture opened in 1971, its delicious tarte tatin has been a favorite. This rich confection, chock full of apples, has even won an award from the local tarte tatin association. It also has a wide-ranging menu of drinks, making it a perfect spot for a bit of relaxation.
  • Kotoba no Haoto
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Tenjinkitamachi 12-1
    Kotoba no Haoto is a book cafe located near the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is housed in a 150-year-old, unaltered machiya townhouse, and all the rooms are Japanese style with tatami floors. The menu, which changes daily, makes use of seasonal local vegetables, and customers are able to read in a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Kyo Cafe Comme Ca
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 275 Gion Kurokuku Building 2F
    Kyo Cafe Comme Ca is a cafe in Kyoto's Higashiyma Ward, about five minutes' walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line. Its menu items are evocative of Kyoto, including sweets made with Gion Tsujiri matcha green tea, tarts and obanzai (Kyoto-style home cooking) dishes that are exclusive to this cafe, all of which are typical of the city. Customers can relax in the cafe's calm, modern interior.

    the limited item teddy bear cake was very very delicious, and the black tea was also with the good taste. the surroundings and service were also very nice. though one piece of cakes price was about...

  • Cafe Blue Fir Tree
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto shi Kyoto shi Higashiyama Ward Yamato Daicho Route Shijo Shimamura Le 6-1 Yamatocho Moa Gion 1F
    Cafe Blue Fir Tree is a cafe and bar located along Yamato-Oji-dori in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. It is famous for its Fantasy Hotcakes, Heart Hotcakes, and French Toast. Its calm and chic atmosphere makes it a great place to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea. At night, it operates as a bar. Sorry, but no children under the age of six will be admitted.
  • Ohara Sanso Ashiyu Cafe
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    4.5
    3 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.

    大原温泉のど真ん中にある大きな山荘だが足湯に浸かりながらお茶を飲むことができる足湯カフェがある。 冷えた体が一気に温まる。

  • Omuro Sanowa
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Omurotatemachi 25-2 Delassion Omote room 1F
    Located in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward near Ninnaji Temple, Omuro Sanowa is a cafe focused on Japanese tea. The atmosphere is dignified and mature, with modern and stylish interior decor and large screens made of washi paper. The cafe serves seven varieties of tea from Japan and other countries, and each cup is brewed individually, using Kyoto's famous water. The most popular sweets eaten with tea are Viennese baked sweets and azuki rolled cake. Tea leaves and carefully chosen variety goods are favorite Kyoto souvenirs.

    Goshitsu Sanowa is a very pleasant little place to visit for tea and desserts. The desserts were elegantly simple and delicious.

  • Sabo Toka
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 116
    This Japanese tea store is located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. You can enjoy authentic Uji green tea of Uji's speciality on the grounds of Byodoin Temple. It is also possible to order cold sencha (steamed green tea), gyokuro (shaded green tea) and matcha (finely ground green tea) from the menu. The tea comes with original sweets from the temple. In addition, you can taste their summer-only Cold-brew Gyokuro with ice added to the tea leaves.
  • Ippodo Tea (Kyoto flagship shop)
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    4.5
    75 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...

  • Smart Coffee
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    4.0
    169 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.

    Smart Coffee is a popular breakfast and coffee place on Teramachi Street (A covered pedestrian street with lots of restaurants and shops) They’re “famous” for their French Toast and offer their own...

  • Maeda Coffee Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    68 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...

  • Murakami Kaishindo
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    京都最古の洋菓子屋さん。 最寄り駅は地下鉄東西線・京都市役所前駅です。 レトロな店内には多種類の焼き菓子が並んでいます。 ロシアケーキが有名です。 クッキーは予約販売で現在5ヶ月待ち❗️ 店頭のみ予約できます。 プリンもゼリーも美味しそうでした。 クッキーが届くのが楽しみです☆

  • Hannari Cafe Kyo-no-Amekoubou Iwai Byodoin Branch
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Uji-shi Uji Renge 5-6 (Byodoin Omote-sando)
    "This cafe is a store specializing in Kyo-ame (Kyoto candies) operated by a maker of traditional sweets with a starch base. Visitors can also purchase a wide variety of sweets including their flagship ""hiyashiame no moto"" and 22 varieties of their classic Kyo-ame at the cafe's shop. For a cafe stop, we recommend their ""hiyashiame"" a sweet ginger-flavored drink, which recipe has never allowed to be taken out of the shop. The syrup used in the drink is made by boiling clean-tasting rice-starch syrup and rich brown sugar in a pot to concentrate its savoriness. It is then diluted with water and a ginger. The syrup goes great with ginger."

    京阪宇治駅から宇治橋を渡って、平等院参道を歩いていたら、 こちらのお店があったので、立ち寄りました。 宇治らしい和のスイーツがいろいろありました。

  • Cafe du Pin Chitose
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Monju 468-1
    A waterside cafe with large windows that look out at the pines on the Amanohashidate land bridge and the nearby rotating bridge. Their popular Original Sandwich has local Miyazu Amanohashidate specialty oil sardines sandwiched between rice flour bread from the Amanohashidate Winery Vineyard Bakery. They also offer homemade tarts stuffed with Tango black soybeans and daily lunches.

    We managed to sit by the window so we enjoyed some sea / water view. The menu was limited for lunch but sufficient as a cafe. Prices are on the high side but acceptable given the view. Oh ya...

  • Ryuto no Matsu (Dragon Lantern Pine)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Monju 479-1
    Legend states that long ago a dragon came down to earth at a pine tree located where the Amanohashidate sandbar reaches Monju. Now this cafe uses part of this legendary Ryuto no Matsu pine in its first-floor counter and second-floor table. We recommend the Chie Dora Parfait, an original confection made with Chie mochi pounded rice from Chitose Chaya Teahouse. Another popular choice is their Red Wine and Salt Milk Gelato, a collaboration between the Tango Jersey Farm and the Amanohashidate Winery.

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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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