The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Kyoto
Collected by Adam H. Graham , AFAR Contributor
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.
２７８ Shingoryōguchichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8146, Japan
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...
Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Shimomaruyachō (Kawaramachidōri), 木屋町通御池下る下丸屋町4215
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...
Japan, 〒600-8044 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Tachibanachō (Gokomachidōri), 434−2, Gokomachi Dori 寺下る 仏光
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...
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...
Japan, 〒604-0922 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiikesuchō, 二条通木屋町東入ル東生洲町481
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...
７５７−２ Minamiiseyachō, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 602-8153, Japan
The Japanese take their noodles very seriously (watch the movie Tampopo for an excellent overview in a howlingly funny film). This is a good place to see why. It features "fire ramen," a flaming dish of wheat noodles with enough pork and chicken...
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