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Kyoto Restaurants

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The city's culinary delights include multicourse kaiseki menus, ramen, even humble barbecue, but what characterizes everything from the simplest izakaya to a three-star Michelin restaurant is the use of the freshest ingredients prepared with artful care and technique.
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Most international visitors to Kyoto aren't coming here to eat French food, but Japan’s take on foreign cuisine is a rite of passage you shouldn’t miss out on. This modern and spacious brasserie, opened in 2016, has giant picture...
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Japan, 〒604-0922 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiikesuchō, 二条通木屋町東入ル東生洲町481
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Located next door to the Ritz Carlton Kyoto, this super-chill bar and pub is a Kyoto must for spirit seekers: The vibe gets smokier and more experimental as the night progresses. Many clientele come for the 1,200 sake varieties and 600 expressions...
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Japan, 〒600-8143 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Sumiyoshichō (Kawaramachidōri), 352 河原町通七条上ル
Kaikado has been handcrafting tea caddies from copper, tin, and brass since 1875. In 2017, its fifth-generation owner, Seiji Yagi, expanded the family business to include a café, located just a five-minute...
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Japan, 〒600-8044 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Tachibanachō (Gokomachidōri), 御幸町通仏光寺下る橘町434−2
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Whiskey lovers should not miss this charming microbar hidden on an unassuming residential street in the quiet Shimogyo ward of Kyoto. Its gracious and creative bartender-owner Kenji Tsubokura is known in the mixology world for trademark...
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Japan, 〒603-8146 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kita-ku, Shingoryōguchichō, 北区鞍馬口町寺町西入新御霊口278 鞍馬口通りに面している
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One might expect a formal feeling from a restaurant inside a temple, and Kanga-an takes that ambience to the next level with various private dining rooms hidden away behind shoji screened sliding doors. The restaurant specializes...
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Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Shimomaruyachō (Kawaramachidōri), 木屋町通御池下る下丸屋町4215
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This casual, affordable izakaya flips the script on vegetables, removing them from supporting side-dish roles and elevating them to the stars of the table. Seasonal Kyoto veggies take precedence and change daily (they’re listed on the...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
There’s something restorative about the glowing paper lantern and purple-and-white noren hanging in front of the sliding door of this homey izakaya in Kyoto’s central Nakagyo’s ward. Inside, all hunches are verified by...