Restaurants

Top Choice Kaiseki in Downtown Kyoto

Giro Giro Hitoshina

Often referred to as 'punk kaiseki', Giro Giro takes traditional kaiseki and strips any formality so you're left with great food but in a boisterous atmosphere and with thousands more yen left in your pocket. In a q…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Kyoto

Menami

This welcoming neighbourhood favourite specialises in obanzai ryōri – a type of Kyoto home-style cooking using seasonal ingredients – done creatively and served as tapas-size plates. Don't miss the delicious spring …
Top Choice Cafe in Downtown Kyoto

Café Bibliotec Hello!

As the name suggests, books line the walls of this cool cafe located in a converted machiya (traditional Japanese townhouse) attracting a mix of locals and tourists. It’s a great place to relax with a book or to tap…
Top Choice Noodles in Downtown Kyoto

Honke Owariya

Set in an old sweets shop in a traditional Japanese building on a quiet downtown street, this is where locals come for excellent soba (buckwheat noodle) dishes. The highly recommended house speciality, hourai soba (…
Top Choice Tempura in Downtown Kyoto

Yoshikawa

This is the place to go for delectable tempura with a daily changing menu. Attached to the Yoshikawa ryokan, it offers table seating, but it’s much more interesting to sit and eat around the small intimate counter a…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Downtown Kyoto

Roan Kikunoi

Roan Kikunoi is a fantastic place to experience the wonders of kaiseki. It's a lovely intimate space located right downtown. The chef takes an experimental and creative approach to kaiseki and the results are a wond…
Japanese in Downtown Kyoto

Kyōgoku Kane-yo

This is a good place to try unagi (eel). You can choose to either sit downstairs with a nice view of the waterfall, or upstairs on the tatami. The kane-yo donburi (eel over rice) set is excellent value. Look for the…
Cafe in Downtown Kyoto

Shi-Shin Samurai Cafe and Bar

Decked out in replica swords and armour, this restaurant might not strike you as a place dedicated to world peace, yet the young owner here is passionate about it and doing his bit by bringing people together throug…
Kaiseki in Downtown Kyoto

Tagoto Honten

Across from Takashimaya department store, this long-standing Kyoto restaurant serves approachable kaiseki fare in a variety of rooms, both private and common. Its kiku set (¥1890) includes some sashimi, tempura and …
Dumplings in Downtown Kyoto

Gyoza Chao Chao

Smack bang in the heart of Kyoto's bar scene, it's no wonder Chao Chao draws long queues for its crispy gyōza (dumplings) – great as a predrink dinner, even better as a late-night drunken snack. Grab a counter seat …