Kyoto restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Imperial Palace & Around

Kanei

A small traditional place not far from Funaoka Onsen, Kanei is for soba connoisseurs – the noodles are made by hand and are delicious. The owners don’t speak much English, so here’s what to order: zaru soba (cold so…
Top Choice Noodles in Northern Higashiyama

Omen

This elegant noodle shop, a five-minute walk from Ginkaku-ji, is named after the signature dish – thick white noodles that are served in broth with a selection of seven fresh vegetables. Choose from hot or cold nood…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Downtown Kyoto

Giro Giro Hitoshina

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 in your pocket. In a quiet lane near Kiyamachi-dōri, things live…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Kyoto

Menami

This welcoming neighbourhood favourite specialises in obanzai-ryōri – a type of home-style cooking using seasonal ingredients – done creatively and served as tapas-size plates. Don't miss the delicious spring rolls …
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 soybean flour) served with miso-dare (sweet-bean paste). Kazariya is on the left side wh…
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 attracting a mix of locals and tourists. It’s a great place to relax with a book or to tap away at your laptop over a coffe…
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 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…
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 Vegetarian in Arashiyama & Sagano

Shigetsu

To sample shōjin-ryōri, 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 through an afternoon of sightseein…