Updated: November 06, 2018
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What To Eat In Kyoto! 10+ Cuisines To Try While Visiting!


Kyoto is at the heart of traditional Japanese culture. There are so many types of cuisines to discover, we narrowed it down to the top 10 cuisines you should try while visiting. We also added some cafes and bars you should try while visiting the impressive city of Kyoto!

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Tofu Cuisine 豆腐

Kyoto is famous for its vegetarian cuisine influenced by the local monk culture.
You can try different famous tofu dishes in Kyoto; they are fresh and change seasonally.
Have you ever tried homemade sesame tofu? Or Yuba (soy milk bean curd)?
These restaurants are great for vegetarians, as you get to try a variety of different tofu dishes.
Although you may not be a tofu fan, you definitely need to try these restaurants. You will be impressed by all the delicious dishes that can be made with tofu.
And the settings of these restaurants are so calming!
Welcome to Kyoto!

Shojin Ryori 精進料理: Buddhist Cuisine

Have you ever heard of Shojin Ryori? It is traditional cuisine for Buddhist monks. Respecting the Buddhist philosophy, animal products are not used; simply fresh and seasonal fruits and herbs.
Just because this cuisine is vegan that does mean this cuisine is by any means bland. Dish after dish, it is colorful, creative and delicious.
This can be enjoyed within a temple or at a restaurant around the temple. This will definitely make for an unforgettable Japanese zen experience.

Sushi お寿司

You should enjoy Japan's most famous dish in one of the most traditional prefectures in Japan, Kyoto! It will be an unforgettable experience you will tell your grandchildren numerous times!

Udon noodles うどん

Kyoto is home to many Japanese traditions. You'll find many centuries-old temples and shrines, and you'll also find some of the country's best traditional cuisine! Udon noodle dishes should definitely be on the list of things to try when you are in Kyoto. うどん(Udon) is a type of Japanese traditional thick noodle which comes with a soup called 出汁(Dashi) that is made from seafood broth and soy sauce.

Yakiniku 焼肉

When you are visiting the beautiful city of Kyoto, a good option for lunch or dinner is yakiniku (Japanese-style BBQ) because the city counts numerous excellent restaurants. There are so many that it might be difficult to choose which one to go to. Here are some highly-regarded places you should consider when you'll be faced with the difficult task of choosing your yakiniku restaurant!

Soba Noodles 蕎麦麺

Soba is a very healthy dish, it is made with varying concentrations of buckwheat flour. It tends to be a rather simple dish, served with dashi and other types of toppings (such as tempura,etc.), but you can trust the Japanese to prepare it with the uttermost care and perfectionism they are known for.


Okonomiyaki is a pan-fried batter dish which originated in Osaka, but Kyoto has a slightly different variation on this classic dish. Okonomiyaki tends to be an inexpensive dish you can share with friends and family. It goes very well with beer (just saying..)

Traditional cafes

Most of these cafes are renovated traditional Japanese homes. They kept the charm of the old Kyoto we crave to discover while offering light delicious meals. Some cafes have Japanese cuisine, others are more Western. Either way, if you want to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, these are definitely the places to discover!

Great Coffee

Kyoto's really famous for their green tea culture, but did you know that they also have so many amazing coffee shops? Try the following places in the most authentic cities in Japan, Kyoto!

Matcha Tea & Sweets 抹茶

Kyoto is famous for its Uji matcha tea, and there is a lot of cafes and restaurants where you can try matcha food and sweets in Uji, Kyoto.

Japanese Shaved Ice

Shaved ice is a classic treat in Japan, it is quite light and refreshing. You should try the matcha version since you're so close to Uji!

Finally...cool bars in Kyoto!

Kyoto is a really traditional area for sightseeing, but if you are looking to unwind or discover the nightlife in Kyoto, there are numerous really interesting bars to check out!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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