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 Vegetarian in Kitayama Area & North Kyoto

Yōshūji

Yōshūji serves superb shōjin-ryōri in a delightful old Japanese farmhouse with an irori (open hearth). The house special, a sumptuous selection of vegetarian dishes served in red lacquered bowls, is called kurama-ya…
Top Choice Okinawan in Northern Higashiyama

Goya

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

Kikunoi

This is one of Kyoto's true culinary temples, serving some of the finest kaiseki in the city by famous Michelin-starred chef Mutara. Located in a hidden nook near Maruyama-kōen, this restaurant has everything necess…
Top Choice Tempura in Downtown Kyoto

Yoshikawa

This is the place to go for delectable tempura. Attached to the Yoshikawa ryokan, it offers table seating, but it’s much more interesting to sit and eat around the small counter and observe the chefs at work. It’s n…
Top Choice Soba 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 Kaiseki in Arashiyama & Sagano

Kitcho Arashiyama

Considered one of the best kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto (and Japan, for that matter), Kitcho Arashiyama is the place to sample the full kaiseki experience. Meals are served in private rooms overlooking gardens. The …
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. The signature udon (th…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Arashiyama & Sagano

Shigetsu

To sample shōjin-ryōri (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine), try Shigetsu in the precincts of Tenryū-ji. This healthy fare has been sustaining monks for more than a thousand years in Japan, so it will probably get you thro…