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50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most popular cities to visit gaining the attention of both Japanese and foreign tourists alike. Known as the ‘temple city‘ there’s endless sightseeing to do, with that you’re probably going to work up a big appetite! Kyoto has much to offer with its culinary delights, like trying a traditional multi-course ‘kaiseki’ or its famous Green Tea desserts.  Whatever your taste buds are in the mood for you will want to check out these 50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto! For a complete itinerary check out the Budget Traveller’s Guide to One Week in Kyoto.

Most of the restaurants listed below are places you can get a meal for under 1000 yen making it great for budget travellers.

Some traditional meals may be more expensive, I will indicate this ($$$) symbol.

When I went on my three-week trip I budgeted 1100 yen for lunches and 3000 yen for dinner. If you want to find out more about how to budget for a 1 week, 2 week or 3 week trip in Japan check out my budget guide here.

I put together my 50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto from spending a good 6 months before my trip reading through neverending Trip Advisor recommendations, Lonely Planet Guides, blog reviews and heaps and heaps of Youtube videos. These might not be the fanciest restaurants that Kyoto has to offer but it’s the kind of good, heartwarming food that will leave you craving more.

The following list is in no particular order, you just need to try all of them!

Let’s Begin with my 50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto

 

  1. Okonomiyaki KatsuOkonomiyaki – 1-4 Ryoanji Saigucho, Ukyo-kuKyoto 616-8011, Kyoto Prefecture
  2. NodeCafe style lunch sets – 1,Kitahananobou-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku, Kyoto
  3. Yamazaki Reika Green Tea Icecream – Directly outside the entrance to Golden Pavillion
  4. Kazu RamenRamen – 10-3 Kinugasa Sōmonchō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8363, Japan
  5. Omura HouseJapanese omelette – Japan, 〒603-8363 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kita-ku, Kinugasa Sōmonchō, 北区衣笠総門町10−9
  6. Nakau500 yen donburi – 10-18 Hirano Kamiyanagichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8355, Japan
  7. Kura Kaiten Sushi100 yen plate sushi – 4 Hirano Miyajikichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8365, Japan
  8. TorinosukeYakitori & Beer –  10-21 Hirano Kamiyanagichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8355, Japan
  9. Okochi Sanso GardenMatcha & Japanese Sweets – 8 Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamachō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8394, Japan
  10. Kyoto KitchoKaiseki ($$$) – 58 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8385, Japan
    50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto - Node

    Node has a cute, hipster cafe style

  11. % ArabicaCoffee Shop – Japan, 〒616-8385 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Ukyō-ku, Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō, 嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町3ー47
  12. Togakushi900 yen soba lunch set – Saganakanoshimacho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8383, Japan
  13. MenbakaFamous Fire Ramen – Japan, 〒602-8153 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kamigyō-ku, Minamiiseyachō, 757-2 丸太町通, 日暮西入
  14. HaafuSteak restaurant (995 yen lunch set but $$$ at night) – Japan, 〒604-0983 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Sasayachō (Fuyachōdōri), 麩屋町通夷川上る笹屋町471-1
  15. Cafe Bibliotic Hello! Library-themed cafe – 650 Seimei-cho, Yanaginobanba-higashi-iru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku
  16. Yoshikawa TempuraTempura Kaiseki ($$$) – Japan, 〒604-8093 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Matsushitachō, 中京区富小路通り御池下ル
  17. Yakitori HitmoiYakitori (skewers between 100 yen – to 200 yen) – 96 Ōkikuchō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8376, Japan
  18. Kyoto GogyoBurnt miso Ramen – 
  19. Nishiki Market Fresh seafood and local ingredients at a local market – Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
  20. DanielsItalian – Japan, 〒604-8142 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Nishiuoyachō, 596 高倉西入ル, 錦小路 グラマラスフードビル
    50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto - Fire Ramen

    Fire Ramen in Kyoto

  21. IppudoRamen – Japan, 〒604-8143 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Bantōyachō, 東洞院錦小路東入ル 阪東屋町653-1 錦ビル1F
  22. KomefukuVery popular Tempura restaurant – Japan, 〒604-8143 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Bantōyachō, 京都府京都市中京区 東洞院通り四条上がる阪東屋町657-5
  23. KatsukuraPork cutlet (katsu) – Japan, 〒604-8042 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashidaimonjichō, 寺町通四条上ル
  24. Gyukaku1000 yen Yakiniku dinner set – Japan, 〒600-8001 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Shinchō, 下京区西木屋町通四条上ル真町97 イマージアムビル
  25. OmenUdon – 
  26. Sukiyaki Senka1100 yen Sukiyaki set – Japan, 〒600-8019 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Sendōchō, 京都市下京区 西木屋町通四条下る船頭町187
  27. TakasegawaTop 5000 Yakitori restaurant($$$) – Japan, 〒600-8019 Kyōto-fu, 京都市下京区Shimogyō-ku, Sendōchō, 船頭町 西木屋町通四条下る 船頭町 233
  28. Kawa CafeCafe with beautiful riverside views – Japan, 〒600-8015 京都府KyotoShimogyō-ku, Minoyachō, 京都市下京区木屋町通松原上ル美濃屋町176-1 176-1, Minoya-cho, Shimogyo-ku
  29. TsujiriGreen tea shop – 
  30. MusoshinSuper delicious Ramen – Japan, 〒605-0933 京都府京都市Higashiyama-ku, Komatsuchō, 東山区大和大路四条下ル小松町558-2
    50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto - Musoshin

    Ramen at Musoshin

  31. Yasakadori EnrakuDinner with Geisha ($$$) – 594 Komatsucho Yasakadori, Higashiyama-kuKyoto 605-0811, Kyoto Prefecture
  32. ManryuTeppanyaki – 382-2 Hashimotocho, Higashi-iru 2-chome, Yamato-oji Shinbashidori, Higashiyama-ku | 1F Motosan Bldg.Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
  33. Ramen Sen No KazeRamen – 580 Nakanomachi, Sinkyogoku Shijo-dori Agaru, Nakagyo-kuKyoto 604-8042, Kyoto Prefecture
  34. Sushi No MusashiSushi – 8-3 Higashishiokojitakakuracho, Shimogyoku | Kyoto Omotenashi Komichi, Kyoto Station 8joEntranceKyoto 600-8214, Kyoto Prefecture
  35. Honke DaiichiasahiRamen – 845 Higashishiokoji Mukaihatacho, Shimogyo-kuKyoto 600-8213, Kyoto Prefecture
  36. KarakoTan Tan Ramen – 12-3 Okazaki Tokuseicho, Sakyo-kuKyoto 606-8351, Kyoto Prefecture
  37. 551 HoraiLarge Steam Buns – 901 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyoku | Kyoto StationKyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
  38. Gyoza HoheiGyoza – 373-3 Kiyomotocho, Higashiyama-kuKyoto 605-0085, Kyoto Prefecture
  39. Torikizokuchain Yakitori restaurant –  291 Narayacho, Nakagyo-kuKyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  40. Waffle’s Party & CafeParfait style waffles – 5-130-7 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku | 1fKyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
    50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto - Waffle Party

    Dessert at Waffles Party and Cafe

  41. NakamurakenTraditional Japanese sweets – Katsuraasaharacho, NishikyokuKyoto 615-8021, Kyoto Prefecture
  42. Cafe Green Doorhealthy lunches under 1000 yen – 448 Hachikencho, Higashiyama-kuKyoto 605-0027, Kyoto Prefecture
  43. Naruto Taiyaki HompoTaiyaki – 6 Ishibashicho Sanjodori Teramachi Higashiiru, Nakagyo-kuKyoto 604-8036, Kyoto Prefecture
  44. In the SoupJapanese Hamburger Steak – Japan, 〒605-0075 Kyoto Prefecture, 京都市東山区 中之町(四条通)200 9F-2
  45. JuunikiykanJapanese Izakaya – B1 F 31 Higashikujo Nishisannocho Minami-ku Kyoto Kyoto
  46. Sobakobo ZenTop 1000 Soba restaurant (1000 to 2000 yen) – 2-22 Kogaazumacho Fushimi-ku Kyoto Kyoto
  47. Yamamotomenzo Top 1000 Udon restaurant (1000 to 2000 yen) –  34 Okazaki Minamigoshocho Sakyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto
  48. MenyainoichiTop 5000 Ramen Restaurant (1000 to 2000 yen) – Shimogyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto 京都府 京都市下京区 恵比須之町528 エビステラス 1F
  49. Shinrin SyokudoIndian Curry – 24-4 Nishinokyo Uchihatacho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto
  50. Beer KomachiJapanese Izakaya – 444 Hachikencho, Higashiyama-kuKyoto 605-0027, Kyoto Prefecture
50 Best Places to Eat in Kyoto - Yamazaki Reika

Green Tea Icecream from Yamazaki Reika near Golden Pavillion

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