Wabiya Korekido Gion Hanamikoji Honten

This restaurant in popular Gion serves chicken any which way the customer fancies it – in yakitori skewers, hot pots, soups and noodle dishes. The most popular is its oyakodon – a donburi dish which literally translates as “parent and child” – this chicken and egg served over rice knocks the socks off European-style omelettes thanks to the softly sautéed onions cooked in a dashi and soy-sauce broth. English menus are available inside.

  • +81 75 532 3355
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  • South Hanami-koji
    Higashiyama-ku
    Kyoto City

Kyoto Tower Sando

Just opposite JR Kyoto Station, into which all bullet trains from Tokyo arrive, is an underground wonderland of small Japanese food stalls arranged around a DJ platform and bar-stool seating areas. With gyoza shacks, tempura, sushi, korroke (Japanese-style croquettes), curry and doughnut stalls, this is an ideal first stop for hungry travellers landing in the city after a long journey. Visitors can order food from a selection of stalls and receive buzzers to alert them when their food is ready to collect. Forget the food halls of your imagination – Japan has yet again levelled up, providing stylish decor, seating and entertainment alongside some of the best of its home-grown dishes.

  • +81 75 746 5830
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  • 721-1 Higashishiokojicho
    Shimogyo Ward
    600-8216

Kyoto Modern Terrace

Lunch at Kyoto Modern Terrace is best kicked off with a walk through the next-door Okazaki Park and gardens, after visiting the Heian Shrine en route to admire the larger-than-life torii gates dotted around the vicinity. The restaurant is located just upstairs from T-Site, a bookstore and lifestyle shop housing a cleverly curated selection of magazines and books, both in English and Japanese. Kyoto Modern Terrace’s menu features Japanese twists on European dishes – make sure to try the miso and kinako tiramisu. This restaurant is best visited at lunchtime or for breakfast, to make the most of nearby attractions.

  • +81 75 754 0234
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  • Rohm Theatre Kyoto
    Park Plaza 2F
    13 Okazaki Saishojicho
    Sakyo-ku
    606-8344

Monk

Run by Noma-trained chef Yoshihiro Imai, Monk is a unique restaurant situated on the peripheries of Philosophers Path. Its minimalist aesthetic of white walls, wooden tables and smooth surfaces is a gentle nod to Yoshihiro’s time spent training in Denmark. For an interactive dining experience, sit at the counter and enjoy insightful chatter about menu inspiration and produce sourcing. Savour each dish on the seven-course tasting menu – dinner peaks with the wood-fired pizza.

  • +81 757 481 154
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  • 147 Jodoji Shimominamidacho
    Sakyo Ward
    Kyoto Prefecture 606-8404

Nanzenji Junsei

As beige in taste as it is in colouring, tofu gets a pretty tough time. Often too hastily dismissed, a second tasting of tofu is warranted on any trip to Japan. All around the Nanzenji temple you will find countless restaurants in which to sample it and at Nanzenji Junsei is one of the best. They offer different tasting menus and set menus with tofu and seasonal ingredients in traditional interiors with views over the the gardens.

  • +81 757 612 311
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  • 60 Nanzenji Kusakawa-cho
    Sakyo-ku
    Kyoto-shi
    Kyoto 606-8437

Hyoto Kyoto

Going for shabu-shabu essentially means cooking your own dinner while dining out. At your request, a hot pot is placed in the middle of the table alongside plates of raw veg, tofu and very thinly sliced meat which you shabu-shabu (swish swish) in the boiling pot much like you would for a fondue. Normally shabu-shabu restaurants in Japan are very casual, but Hyoto Kyoto is more fine dining in a traditional Japanese setting. Order the house special, Dashi-shabu, popularised for its delicious dashi dipping sauce.

  • +81 752 525 775
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  • 550_1 Yamabushiyamacho Muromachidori Nishikikoji Agaru
    Nakagyo-ku
    Kyoto 604-8156

Uji city

Each part of Japan has its own food specialities and in Kyoto there are quite a few to try. Uji city in Kyoto is known for its matcha production and you’ll see matcha-flavoured sweets, cakes and ice creams in most places around Japan; even Kit Kat have matcha flavoured chocolate bars. Visit the Malebranche store in nearby Kitayama, who make a sweet called “okoicha langue de chat, cha no ka” using uji matcha; it’s like a matcha cookie sandwich with white chocolate in the middle. Best to buy two boxes (they are small and so delicious).

  • +81 757 223 399
  • Authority of Kitayama
    Kita-ku
    Kyoto-shi

Monk

Nanzenji Junsei

Hyoto Kyoto

Uji city

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