Restaurants

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 Japanese in Downtown Kyoto

Kyōgoku Kane-yo

This is a good place to try unagi (eel). You can choose to either sit downstairs with a nice view of the waterfall, or upstairs on the tatami. The kane-yo donburi (eel over rice; ¥1400) set is excellent value. Look …
Top Choice Ramen in Downtown Kyoto

Ippūdō

There’s a reason that there’s usually a line outside this place at lunchtime: the ramen is fantastic and the bite-sized gyōza (dumplings) are to die for. The gyōza set meal (¥750 or ¥850 depending on your choice of …
Top Choice 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’,…
Sushi in Downtown Kyoto

Musashi Sushi

If you’ve never tried a kaiten-sushi (conveyor-belt sushi restaurant), don’t miss this place – most dishes are a mere ¥146. Not the best sushi in the world, but it’s cheap, reliable and fun. It’s also easy to eat he…
Japanese in Downtown Kyoto

Mishima-tei

Mishima-tei is a good place to sample sukiyaki (thin slices of beef cooked in sake, soy and vinegar broth, and dipped in raw egg) as the quality of the meat is very high, which is hardly surprising when there is a b…
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 an excellent place to stop for lunch while exploring the area or…
Shokudo in Arashiyama & Sagano

Yoshida-ya

This quaint and friendly little teishoku-ya (set-meal restaurant) is perfect for lunch while in Arashiyama. The standard teishoku favourites are on offer, including dishes like oyakodon (egg and chicken over a bowl …
Sushi in Downtown Kyoto

Ganko

This giant four-storey dining hall is part of Kansai’s biggest sushi chain. The ground floor is the sushi area, with a long sushi counter and plenty of tables. It's very popular with both tourists and locals. There’…
Shokudo in Kitayama Area & North Kyoto

Aburaya-Shokudō

Just down the steps from the main gate of Kurama-dera and on the street corner, this classic old-style shokudō (all-round restaurant) reminds us of what Japan was like before it got rich. Limited English is spoken b…