Kyoto Restaurants

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  • 1. Somushi Tea House

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Korean

    Dark-wood furnishings create a provocative and intimate environment for sampling the bountiful brews at Kyoto's top Korean teahouse. Unlike...Read More

  • 2. Arashiyama Yoshimura

    $$ | Ukyo-ku | Japanese

    This old-style soba noodle shop two blocks south of Tenryu-ji Temple sits right in the thick of things and has a splendid view of the river...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Café Bibliotic HELLO!

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Café

    Leafy banana trees visible from several blocks away mark this airy two-story town-house café that's especially popular at night with young people...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Izama

    $$ | Japanese

    Patrons enter this restaurant through a dark-blue curtain on the east side of Shinmachi-dori. The design inside is pure contemporary, minimalist...Read More

  • 10. Kerala

    $$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Indian

    Imported spices and very fresh vegetables are the secrets to this second-floor Indian restaurant's success. Dishes may not be as spicy as you...Read More

  • 11. Omen

    $$ | Sakyo-ku | Japanese

    The country-style exterior of this popular noodle shop near the Philosopher's Path echoes the hearty fare served within. Men means noodles...Read More

  • 12. Omen Nippon

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    This branch of the famed soba noodle shop is convenient to the downtown shopping area, just across the river from Gion. It's a perfect place...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Zezekan Pocchiri

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Chinese

    A Taisho-era kimono business office and home was meticulously renovated into this restaurant whose Chinese cuisine is prepared as though it...Read More

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