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Breakfast in Kyoto

If you are going to explore Kyoto in an age of peak tourism, you will have to have your wits about you. Two rules to live by: find the hidden gems, and strike early. Instead of grabbing something from Mr. Donut on the way to Kinkaku-ji, get a quality breakfast at one of these lesser-known spots and begin your exploration.
Here are ten fine choices to get the morning started right.

Breakfast in Kyoto

Index

  • Apprivoiser

  • Kissa LA MADRAGUE 喫茶マドラグ

  • Café & Champagne Gion Chikara 祇園ちから

  • Inoda Coffee イノダコーヒー

  • Lorimer Kyoto

  • Takagi Coffee 高木珈琲店

  • Bake House Inoue 井上製パン

  • UDON MAIN

  • Miyako Yasui Kamo-Karasuma branch 都野菜賀茂 烏丸店

  • Matsuba-Kyoto station branch 松葉 京都駅店

  • Apprivoiser

    Apprivoiser

    Apprivoiser

    The nondescript facade of Whole Food Cafe Apprivoiser suggests a run-of-the-mill urban cafe, but step through the front door and take a look at the menu—this is far from the norm, especially in Japan: Apprivoiser is vegan and mostly organic. There’s a full menu available throughout the day, but we’re talking breakfast here and Apprivoiser delivers. There are Western-style options in the morning, including granola and muffins, but also a vegan Japanese-style breakfast. The cafe is centrally-located, set in a row of grey, vaguely Soviet apartment blocks, just around the corner from Matsubara Bridge.

    Apprivoiser
    Address
    京都府京都市下京区植松町716
    Phone
    075-351-6251
    Remarks
    【URL】http://vegecafe.org/
  • Kissa LA MADRAGUE 喫茶マドラグ

    Kissa LA MADRAGUE

    Kissa LA MADRAGUE

    This retro-style Kissa (a Japanese term for a cafe where alcoholic drinks are not served) has the best “Tamago sando” egg sandwiches. Normally, Tamago sando has egg salad inside the bread but this one is a bit different. You will be surprised when you see how thick their sandwiches are! You might even need to use a fork to eat it! The egg between the slices of bread is like a fluffy omelet. The cafe is pretty popular and people might be waiting in line, even on weekdays. Their famous Tamago sando is 780 yen and they are open from 11:30 am to 10 pm. Lunch menus are available until 3 pm.

    Kissa LA MADRAGUE

    Kissa LA MADRAGUE

    Kissa LA MADRAGUE

    Kissa LA MADRAGUE

    La Madrague
    Address
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    Phone
    0757440067
    Remarks
    【URL】http://madrague.info/
  • Café & Champagne Gion Chikara 祇園ちから

    Café & Champagne Gion Chikara

    Café & Champagne Gion Chikara

    Gion Chikara is where art and food meet. It’s a cafe for the adult who wants to have a sophisticated experience. In this café, you will experience the feeling of old Kyoto traditions and contemporary art. Run by the popular bakery Grand Marble (which is famous for their fabulous danishes), they have delicious, pretty, and luxury menus. Our recommendation is having a fancy, late brunch of French toast and a glass of champagne. They have different kinds of French toast from 900 yen. A glass of Champagne is available from 1800 yen.

    Café & Champagne Gion Chikara

    Café & Champagne Gion Chikara

    Café & Champagne Gion Chikara

    Café & Champagne Gion Chikara

    Grand Marble Gion
    Address
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa
    Phone
    0755337600
    Remarks
    【URL】https://grandmarble.com/gion_chikara
  • Inoda Coffee イノダコーヒー

    Inoda Coffee

    Inoda Coffee

    Inoda is an institution in Kyoto, with dozens of locations opened since its founding in the 1940s (only four outside of the ancient capital). There are a handful of coffee shops in Kyoto's main station, but try to stop by Inoda in the Kyoto Porta annex, if there's not too long of a wait. They open for breakfast at 8am and serve a menu that hasn’t changed much since 1947, with quality versions of the type of yoshoku 洋食 breakfasts popular in the city since that time.

    Inoda Coffee

    Inoda Coffee

    Inoda Coffee main shop
    rating 322 Reviews
    Address
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sakaicho-dori Sanjo Down Le Dogusa cho 140
    Phone
    0752210507
    Remarks
    【URL】https://www.inoda-coffee.co.jp/english/
    Inoda Coffee Porta Branch
    Address
    Kyoto Kyoto Shimogyo
    Phone
    0753432380
  • Lorimer Kyoto

    Lorimer Kyoto

    Lorimer Kyoto

    The traditional Japanese breakfasts that Lorimer turns out might be unexpected in this hipsterish spot named for a stop on the L train, but the name is a tribute to the umbrella corporation’s Brooklyn beginnings (three shops focused mainly on traditional Japanese food with a philosophy of avoiding wastefulness and using what is available and in season). Lorimer functions as a teaching kitchen later in the day but the shop opens for breakfast and lunch, preparing set menu that includes rice, miso soup, and grilled fish and vegetables. Breakfast starts early during the week (7:30am), a bit later on weekends (8:30am), and Lorimer’s classes later in the day are available by reservation.

    Lorimer Kyoto

    Lorimer Kyoto

    Rolimer Kyoto
    Address
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Hashidumechou 143
    Phone
    0757416439
    Remarks
    【URL】https://www.lorimerkyoto.com/
  • Takagi Coffee 高木珈琲店

    Takagi Coffee

    Takagi Coffee

    Kissaten 喫茶店 like Takagi Coffee are undeniably a dying breed in Japan. This shop, established in the 1970s, offers a morning set that’s nearly perfect, with thick slabs of toast, scrambled egg, a couple of sausage links and some mashed potatoes—perfect to wash down with Takagi’s very fine blend coffee. Spots like Takagi are slowly disappearing, but just as worthy of a visit as the more rarefied attractions of Kyoto.

    Takagi Coffee

    Takagi Coffee

    Takagi Coffee Shop
    Address
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma Dori Matsubara Agaru
    Phone
    0753417528
    Remarks
    【URL】http://takagi-coffee.jugem.jp/
  • Bake House Inoue 井上製パン

    Bake House Inoue

    Bake House Inoue

    The best time to explore in Kyoto is early in the morning, so grab and go! On the Higashiyama side of the Kamo River, not far from Kyoto National Museum, Bake House Inoue is the perfect spot to pick up a pastry before heading out to explore Kyoto. This is the quintessential Japanese bakery, with old favorites on the shelf, as well as seasonal options. Make your selections, hit a convenience store for some strong canned coffee, then make a quick meal along the Kamo River.

    Bake House Inoue

    Bake House Inoue

  • UDON MAIN

    UDON MAIN

    UDON MAIN

    At Udon Main, you can enjoy your morning udon in a hundred-year-old traditional Japanese house with Horigotatsu seats. Horigotatsu seats are Japanese traditional tables that are positioned low to the sunken floor. The atmosphere of a Machiya (traditional town house) will give you the idea of old Kyoto. Their morning udon set is 1000 yen and they have six different types of toppings with spices that you can choose from. Two rice balls also come with your udon and the shop will serve houjicha from Kyoto’s well-known teashop, Ippodo 一保堂. Their morning menus, including this udon set, are served from 8:30 am ~11:30 am.

    UDON MAIN

    UDON MAIN

    UDON MAIN
    Address
    Kyoto Kyoto Higashiyama Nishinocho 201-1
    Phone
    08045615100
  • Miyako Yasui Kamo-Karasuma branch 都野菜賀茂 烏丸店

    Miyako Yasui Kamo

    Miyako Yasui Kamo

    Miyako Yasai Kamo offers an all you can eat vegetable buffet for 500 yen in the morning. Miyako is another word for Kyoto, so now you can probably guess that they use locally grown vegetables.They don’t use artificial preservatives, sweeteners or colorings. Their additive-free food will give you a full set of vitamins in the morning! There are three branches of Miyako Yasui Kamo in Kyoto. As for the Karasuma branch, the morning buffet is only available for 100 people between 8 am-10 am. Each branch has a different time for their morning buffet, so make sure you visit at the right time.

    Miyakoyasai KAMO Shijokarasuma Branch
    rating 111 Reviews
    Address
    Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-shi, Shimogyo-ku, Toonno-ku, Aya Fuji Road Arai Azabu-cho 276
    Phone
    0753512732
    Remarks
    【URL】https://nasukamo.net/
  • Matsuba-Kyoto station branch 松葉 京都駅店

    Matsuba

    Matsuba

    Matsuba has been loved by Kyoto people since 1861. Nishin-soba, Kyoto’s iconic noodle, was originally introduced by Matsuba. Their popular morning menu item is Soba gayu set. This is a combination of soba gayu (buckwheat porridge) and soba noodles. Soba gayu is not something you can always get at a noodle shop. This is the perfect set to warm you up in the morning! This set is 1000 yen and the restaurant is located inside the bullet train concourse.
    You can have a quick breakfast on the way to your morning train. They open at 8 am and the morning menu is available until 10 am.

    Matsuba

    Matsuba

    松葉 京都駅店
    Address
    京都府京都市下京区東塩小路高倉町8-3 京都駅2F新幹線コンコース内
    Phone
    075-693-5595
    Remarks
    【URL】http://www.sobamatsuba.co.jp/
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