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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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…
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…