Restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Imperial Palace & Around

Kanei

A small traditional place not far from Funaoka Onsen, Kanei is for soba (buckwheat noodles) connoisseurs – the noodles are made by hand here and are delicious. The owners don’t speak much English, so here’s what to …
Top Choice Sweets in Imperial Palace & Around

Kazariya

There are two restaurants at the eastern entrance to Imamiya-jinja specialising in aburi-mochi (grilled rice cakes coated with soya-bean flour) served with miso-dare (sweet-bean paste). Kazariya is on the left side …
Top Choice Cafe in Imperial Palace & Around

Toraya Karyō Kyoto Ichijō

This gorgeous tearoom-cafe is a stone's throw from the west side of the Imperial Palace Park. It's fantastic for a break from sightseeing in this part of town. The menu has some pictures and simple English. You can …
Top Choice Cafe in Imperial Palace & Around

Papa Jon's

A short walk from the north border of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, this light-filled cafe serves brilliant New York cheesecake and hot drinks. Other menu items include breakfast sets, homemade quiche, soup and ta…
Burgers in Imperial Palace & Around

Grand Burger

A short walk from the northeast gate of Imperial Palace Park, this burger cafe is a great spot for a break while sightseeing. Prop up at the counter or grab a table and bite into juicy burgers with toppings such as …
Cafe in Imperial Palace & Around

Sarasa Nishijin

This is one of Kyoto’s most interesting cafes – it’s built inside an old sentō (public bathhouse) and the original tiles have been preserved. Light meals and coffee are the staples here. Service can be slow, but it'…
Japanese in Imperial Palace & Around

Manzara Honten

Located in a converted machiya, Manzara represents a pleasing fusion of traditional and modern Japanese culture. The fare is creative modern Japanese and the surroundings are decidedly stylish. The omakase (chef’s r…
Sweets in Imperial Palace & Around

Demachi Futaba

Join the queue of locals here for some of the city's tastiest sweets, with the mame-mochi (glutinous rice sweet with black beans) being the standout star. There's no English menu so just point to what takes your fan…
Cafe in Imperial Palace & Around

Bon Bon Café

If you find yourself in need of a light meal or drink while you’re in the Demachiyanagi area, this casual cafe is a good choice. There is a variety of cakes and light meals on offer; the food is nothing special but …