Restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Northern Higashiyama

Omen

This elegant noodle shop is named after the thick white noodles that are served in broth with a selection of seven fresh vegetables. Just say omen and you’ll be given your choice of hot or cold noodles, a bowl of so…
Top Choice Okinawan in Northern Higashiyama

Goya

This Okinawan-style restaurant has tasty food (with plenty of vegetarian options), a plant-filled stylish interior and comfortable upstairs seating. It’s perfect for lunch while exploring Northern Higashiyama and ju…
Japanese in Northern Higashiyama

Usagi no Ippo

Perfectly located for a break when museum-hopping in the Okazaki-kōen area, this delightful restaurant is set in an old machiya (traditional Japanese townhouse) with tatami-mat floors, a small pleasant garden and a …
Okonomiyaki in Northern Higashiyama

Kiraku

This approachable and friendly okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) restaurant on Sanjō, close to Nanzen-ji and other popular Northern Higashiyama sights, is a good place to stop for lunch while exploring the area or for d…
Kaiseki in Northern Higashiyama

Hyōtei

The Hyōtei is considered one of Kyoto’s oldest and most picturesque traditional restaurants. In the main building you can sample exquisite kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) courses in private tea rooms; book months a…
Tofu in Northern Higashiyama

Okutan

Just outside the precincts of Nanzen-ji, you’ll find Okutan, a restaurant sited within the luxurious garden of Chōshō-in. This is a popular place that has specialised in vegetarian temple food for hundreds of years.…
Vegetarian in Northern Higashiyama

Sujata

Opposite Kyoto University, this humble cafe is a godsend for vegetarians. The menu is limited but the food is fresh, tasty, mostly organic and nutritious, including Indian curries or a Japanese set. There's a few co…
Yakitori in Northern Higashiyama

Torito

This is part of the new wave of yakitori (skewers of chicken, and other meats or vegetables) restaurants in Kyoto that are updating the old standards in interesting and tasty ways. The food is very good and will lik…
Cafe in Northern Higashiyama

Prinz

Behind the blank white facade of Prinz, you’ll find an inviting modern cafe-restaurant, gallery and garden – a chic island of coolness in an otherwise bland residential neighbourhood. The menu features light lunches…
Shokudo in Northern Higashiyama

Hiragana-kan

This place, popular with Kyoto University students, dishes up creative variations on chicken, fish and meat. The menu is in Japanese only and if you’re at a loss for what to order, try the tasty ‘roll chicken katsu’…