Best Cafes In Kyoto

Best cafes that we want you to visit when you travel in Kyoto. Some of them are in the old houses with typical Kyoto's atmosphere, and others are very fashionable with up to date lunch and sweets. Then, we selected the popular cafes and also a little known ones from 'special places to travel in Japan' that were posted in City's Pride by travelers and the locals who have actually been there.

25 Best Cafes In Kyoto

1La Vie en Rose

Even The Owner, A Rose Horticulturist's Original Variety! A Cafe With 30 Years History

A horticulturist, Yasushi Kamei who has won some contests, opened a cafe 30 years ago. Over 150 kinds of roses including his original are taken care, and blooms proudly in their season! The cafe also has nice rose menus.

2The NEXT DOOR, lower east nine hostel

Five-storied Pagoda For Only You! A Café In A Hostel Where You Can See To-ji Temple

Anyone who is not a guest of this hostel can use this café at the 1st floor. But I recommend its rooftop. The terrace seats offer the whole view of a five-storied pagoda of To-ji Temple. You can enjoy tasty coffee and food in the open air.

3Mugesanbou Salon de Muge

First Rate At All! A Café Of KIKUNOI(菊乃井), A Representative Ryotei In Kyoto

This café, opened in April 2017, offers us the taste and mood of KIKUNOI casually. You can eat delicious sweets in the hospitality same as Ryotei and beautiful Japanese garden.


A Cafe With Beautiful Cats Welcoming Us

It seems like just a nowadays cafe, but the three cats are popular and some customers come from other regions to see them. These beautiful cats who have appeared in a cover of magazine, are not so friendly but don’t go away. Such a character is also attractive! If you're lucky, they may be seated close to you.

5Dongree coffee stand & handicrafts for life

Only Here In Kyoto! You Can Taste Five Coffees Of Different Roasters At An Old House

You can taste '五焙' (Go-bai) made from five kinds of coffee beans roasted by different shops in Kyoto city, at the same time. They grind coffee beans after taking order and pour over one by one. You can enjoy the differences of tastes at the most delicious states. It's also nice to be able to drink with the explanations in detail at a room with tatami floor.

6Vermillion - cafe.

What A Cute♡ Cute Sweet With Torii Of Fushimi Inari

A café with refreshing greens, located by the approach of Fushimi Inari Shrine. The specialties are coffee popular in Kyoto and sweet with illustration of torii. You can feel easy by greens on its terrace. Here's a lesser known place with fewer people than the approach.

7knot café

High Quality Sandwich Of Dashimaki Omelet Though Coffee Shop

It's opened as a knot of Kyoto and NY. They offer a coffee that you can drink only here, but what most ordered is nothing but Dashimaki Sandwich. Fluffy dashimaki is excellent with a bun baked by a popular bakery in Kyoto.

8Ayacha café

Ayabe Has The Root Of Uji-tea! A Café You Can Enjoy Ayabe Tea

People think a tea producing center in Kyoto is Uji, but in fact, Ayabe is a birthplace and skills born in Ayabe achieved complete success in Uji. You can enjoy quality Ayabe-tea even its leaves after drinking.

9Kashi Kobo and Sweets Cafe KYOTO KEIZO

Must Eat In 10 Minutes!? '10min Mont Blanc' Becoming A Most Talked Topic

Though it looks an ordinary Mont Blanc, it's made of meringue almost all of it and has crunchy and fluffy feeling in mouth. Please eat it up in 10min before it lose its flavor and mouth feeling!

10Picture Book Café Mébaé

Feel Pity To Eat? Picture Book Café Famous Characters Become Food

This is a specialty shop of picture book with a café, managed by a major book store. There're 600 books both grown ups and children can enjoy. At a café, they prepare food with a great book illustration 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It's so cute that you can't eat it!?


Picturesque Everywhere♡ 'Pump Hut' With Many Flowers & Antiques

It's a flower shop cafe renovated from a pump hut that was used by the water department. In a room surrounded with flowers, I feel love in the food and sweet made from the heart. You can certainly have a great tea time here.

12Umezono Kiyomizu Store

Mitarashi Dango and Warabi Mochi

The sweet shop is at Sannen zaka slope which leads to Kiyomizu temple. The Mitarashi dango (a dumpling covered with kuzu sauce seasoned with soy sauce and sugar) is good for people tired from walking on the slope. Because it is not big, I can eat 5 sticks. And a fresh warm one is exceptional.


Comfortable Old House Café Managed By A Rickshaw Man In Active Service

This is probably the only café managed by a rickshaw man. You can drink tasty coffee and enjoy talking with stuffs who a good at taking with customers. You can get some tourists tips of Kyoto.


Unconventional But Somehow Familiar… A Cafe Renovated From A Public Bath

This is a cafe won popularity in Arashiyama. It's spacious and stylish, but the nostalgic water tap and towel has remained since the age of a public bath. You can eat some Kyoto food like 'Tohu Pasta' and sweets of maccha.


Colorful Shaved Ice For Grown-ups

A shaved ice offered at a natural cafe. They prepare only one kind of shaved ice that changes its seasonal taste. Sudachi-citrus syrup, mango, plum and kiwi, for this day. It was refreshing and fresh, I want to eat it again.

16Coffee Shop Soiree (Kissa Soware)

Shining Colorful Jelly Punch

Coffee Shop Soiree offers a colorful and refreshing Jelly Punch in a room with retro interior decorations. They prepare some kinds of it, the tingling jelly punch with soda is a standard one. It can entertain you by its appearance, too.

17Walden Woods Kyoto

A Stylish Cafe Like A White Woods At An Residential Area

A cafe named 'Walden Woods' with impressive lantern lights. The original style which has unified white interiors and no tables has become the center of attention just after it opened. Their homemade coffee and Chai Tea made one by one after ordered are very tasty!


The First Boutique Flagship In Japan! The Worldwide Chocolatery Preparing Limited Items Only In Kyoto

A worldwide chocolate shop 'JEAN-PAUL HÉVIN' was opened in Kyoto, as the first boutique flagship in Japan. You'll be surprised at the collaborations of unbelievable foodstuffs like maccha and shiro-miso! But, they are very delicious and getting into the news.

19Time Dou

Cafe With The Condensation Of Kyoto's Now. Such As Kyo-vegetable Sandwiches & Tableware By Kyoto Artists

Such as foods and drinks of vegetables grown in Kyoto, and original tableware of Kyoto artists, you can feel what Kyoto is now at this cafe. Their main menu, Kyo-vegetable sandwiches are very delicious for the superb balance of soft bread baked by a famous bakery and fresh vegetables delivered directly from the farms.

20KISSHOKARYO Gion Main Store

Blue Summer Berry Parfait, Only 25 Glasses A Day

A parfait with sweetened blueberry, pineapple and kiwi by mint syrup, mousse made from blueberry and two kinds of cheese, and berry jam, lemon mint jelly on the others. In addition, the berry sauce comes separately with it.

21% ARABICA Kyoto Arashiyama

Superb Espresso With Superb Location Of Arashiyama

Coffee and espresso brewed by a skillful barista at a superb location facing to Arashiyama and Togetsu-kyo bridge. Beautiful cafe latte-art, % logo mark, and refined sense of taste for its counter style… all of them are so cool!


A Photogenic Breakfast Of An Aged Coffee Shop

Though it's an aged and elegant coffee shop, its colorful toast breakfast has become the talk. Butter toast with six kinds of jam, a drink, fruit, vegetable juice and yogurt. It's only 450yen!


A Shaved Ice Like A Cake Made By A Pastry Chef

Patisserie TATSUHITO SATOI’s shaved ice of peach and berries. The fluffy shaved ice is of course, the cream over it is so delicious! They release the new taste of shaved ice one after another, I want to visit this pastry again and again.

24The Sodoh Higashiyama

25café cotton

Rich Pudding At Kyoto Cafe With Sunlight Coming From Lattice

With a narrow frontage and long depth, it's a cafe renovated from a traditional Kyoto-style house. With remains of rich-taste pudding and sweet caramel sauce, pour the coffee into my mouth... I love this moment. Croque-monsieur (hot sandwich of ham and cheese) with melting cheese if nice for branch.

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