Restaurants

Top Choice Kaiseki in Southern Higashiyama

Kikunoi

One of Kyoto's true culinary temples, serving some of the finest kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) in the city by famous Michelin-starred chef Mutara. Located in a hidden nook near Maruyama-kōen, this restaurant has …
Top Choice Noodles in Southern Higashiyama

Omen Kodai-ji

Housed in a remodelled Japanese building with a light, airy feeling, this branch of Kyoto’s famed Omen noodle chain is the best place to stop while exploring the Southern Higashiyama district. Upstairs has fine view…
Top Choice Teahouse in Southern Higashiyama

Kagizen Yoshifusa

This Gion institution is one of Kyoto’s oldest and best-known okashi-ya (sweet shops). It sells a variety of traditional sweets and has a lovely tearoom out the back where you can sample cold kuzukiri (transparent a…
Kaiseki in Southern Higashiyama

Gion Karyō

Take an old Kyoto house, renovate it to make it comfortable for modern diners, serve reasonably priced and excellent kaiseki and you have Karyō’s recipe for success. The chef and servers are welcoming and an English…
Noodles in Southern Higashiyama

Hisago

If you need a quick meal while in the main Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district, this simple noodle and rice restaurant is a good bet. It’s within easy walking distance of Kiyomizu-dera and Maruyama-kōen. Oyako…
Izakaya in Southern Higashiyama

Gion Yuki

Squeeze in at the counter elbow-to-elbow with tourists and locals for front-row seats to watch the chefs do their thing at this lively izakaya. Seafood is big on the menu, from sashimi plates and grilled fish to tas…
Noodles in Southern Higashiyama

Yagura

Across from Minami-za theatre, this noodle specialist is an unassuming and casual spot for a filling lunch or dinner while exploring Gion. Choose from a range of donburi, soba and udon noodle dishes, or opt for the …
Cafe in Southern Higashiyama

Rakushō

This casual Japanese-style tearoom on Nene-no-Michi in the heart of the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district is well placed for a break while doing the main tourist route in this area. The real attraction is th…
Cafe in Southern Higashiyama

Efish Cafe

Hidden in a quiet riverside spot, Efish is a small modern cafe serving tasty fresh juices, good coffee and light lunches, such as sandwiches, soups and healthy salads. The dinner menu offers more substantial meals a…
Teahouse in Southern Higashiyama

Kasagi-ya

At Kasagi-ya, on Sannen-zaka near Kiyomizu-dera, you can enjoy a nice cup of matcha and a variety of sweets. This old wooden shop has atmosphere to boot and friendly staff – which makes it worth the wait if there’s …