Kyoto Restaurants

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  • 1. Baan Rim Naam

    $ | Thai

    The two well-trained Thai chefs here prepare several dozen of their country's dishes at very reasonable prices. Spicy green papaya salad, hot...Read More

  • 2. Bunnosuke Jaya

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    On the road to Kiyomizu-dera, a wooden archway plastered with senja-fuda (name cards pilgrims affix on the entryways to shrines and temples...Read More

  • 3. Café Indépendants

    $ | Nakagyo-ku | Café

    A great backpacker hangout, this café is especially popular midday, when a devoted clientele of students and artists comes for the cheap, bountiful...Read More

  • 4. Gion Kappa Nawate

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    In contrast to the expensive restaurants favored by tourists, residents seek out just-plain-folks places like this fun one. It's a late-night...Read More

  • 5. Ichiwa and Kazariya

    $ | Kita-ku | Japanese

    Ichiwa and Kazariya have been serving tea and aburi mochi —charcoal-grilled and skewered rice-flour cakes dipped in sweet miso sauce—for centuries...Read More

  • 6. In The Green

    $ | Café

    This combination trattoria, pizzeria, and café in a contemporary glass, metal, and wood space borders the northern side of the Kyoto Botanical...Read More

  • 7. Kyo-machiya Suishin

    $ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    Not far from Gion Kaburenjo Theater, a black-and-white latticed storefront with a lantern above the door conceals a vegetable lover's paradise...Read More

  • 8. Maeda Coffee

    $ | Café

    The lively café occupies a classroom in a former elementary school the city converted into an arts center. Maeda serves simple fare, an assortment...Read More

  • 9. Rakusho

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    Here's a good spot to take a tea-and-sweets break while wandering the stone-laid streets of the Gion district. The house specialty is warabimochi...Read More

  • 10. Ramen Santouka

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    Inspired by the classic food movie Tampopo (1985), directed by Kyoto-born Juzo Itami, this ramen shop's soups are well made and satisfying...Read More

  • 11. Yojiya Café

    $ | Sakyo-ku | Café

    This treasure of a café just off the Philosopher's Path is inside a traditional house that overlooks a low-lying garden with a pond and a miniature...Read More

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