21 cafes & 6 bakeries I visited in Kyoto, Japan (May to August, 2017)

21 cafes

  1. おおきなかぶ (ookinakabu, The Giant Turnip) ***recommended
    • Sashimi (raw sliced fish), rice, and many healthy Japanese small dishes
    • ~10 lunch set with the choice of adding tempura (fried fish) or more
    • 800-1000 JPY lunch (low price for sashimi)
    • ~10 tables
    • 2 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • sushi

  2. シェ・ラ・メール (CHEZ LA MERE)
    • cake shop with 4 tables
    • 10+ cakes
    • very cute interior
    • 300-600 JPY cut cake
    • 8 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • CHEZ LA MERE

  3. アイタルガボン (ItalGabon)
    • 900-1000 JPY lunch set (pasta, small bread, salad, and drink)
    • 2 pasta sets & 2 panini sets (small variety)
    • Drinks (espresso recommended) usually cost 300+ JPY, so it is very reasonable.
    • 6 tables but many tables are reserved when I visited
    • 4 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • italgabon

  4. 七福家 (shichifukuya)
    • 750-1000 JPY Chinese lunch set
    • 10 lunch sets & much more dinner plates
    • smoking allowed 🙁
    • bar seat (~5 people) or tatami (~10 tables)
    • 8 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • shrimp

  5. Source.
    • pasta or light meal
    • 3 tables, 1 bar, 1 sofa, 1 room
    • 900-1200 JPY (lunch & dinner)
    • 5 lunch sets & 8 dinner sets
    • 0 minutes (15 sec) walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • source

  6. Bistro Verjus ***recommended
    • French
    • full-courses and some meals are 2000-3000 JPY for lunch, 3000-6000 for dinner!
    • HOWEVER, many meals are 1000 JPY for lunch
    • AND, 晩ごはんセット (ban gohan set, supper set) is 1000 JPY for dinner!
    • 5 tables (small, family-run bistro)
    • simple & beautiful interior
    • 7 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • bistro verjus

  7. 京大病院職員食堂 (Kyoto University Hospital Staff Canteen)
    • canteen for hospital staffs and students! You cannot use it :-p
    • 300-500 JPY for lunch & supper
    • 7 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
  8. 梅園 (umezono) at 三条寺町(Sanjo Teramachi) or 河原町(Kawaramachi)
    • gorgeous shaved ice & みたらし団子 (rice dumpling with sweet soy sauce)
    • Sanjo Teramachi store is larger and newer.
    • 500-800 JPY rice dumpling with sweet soy sauce
    • 700-1000 JPY shaved ice
    • You need to wait standing in a narrow corridor at Kawaramachi store (~10 tables)
    • 6 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station) to both.
  9. 微風台南 tears2 (bifu tainan tears2) **recommended
    • Taiwanese
    • 400(small)-800(large) JPY for don (bowl) for lunch & dinner
    • very low price in Kyoto!
    • many side dish for lunch & dinner (400-600 JPY)
    • many plates for dinner
    • Chinese radio is a bit loud.
    • tatami floor, very old-fashioned house
    • 4 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
  10. cafe kanade
    • Japanese lunch set, pasta, or light meals
    • 800-1000 JPY only 3 lunch sets when I visited
    • 100 JPY small pudding
    • 5 tables, a bit crammed
    • 10 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingumarutamachi Station)
  11. からふね屋(Karafuneya) at 熊野 (Kumano) or 三条 (Sanjo)
    • Parfait
    • 100+ parfaits
    • Sanjo store is bigger and has more variety.
    • 700-1000 JPY parfaits
    • 50000 JPY largest parfait for 20-25 people (must be reserved in 7+ days)
    • Sanjo store is 4 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station).
    • Kumano store is 8 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • Karafuneya

  12. Very Berry Cafe
    • pancake or light meals
    • 950 JPY don (bowl)
    • 1100 JPY dinner plates
    • 1250 JPY pancakes
    • American style interior
    • 9 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
    • very berry cafe

  13. カフェショコラ (Cafe Chocolat) **recommended
    • light meals (NOT chocolate cafe!)
    • very cute interior (except ceiling!)
    • 1000 JPY lunch
    • 1800 JPY dinner
    • plate dinner, pizza, pasta are 1000 JPY for dinner
    • 7 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station)
    • cafe chocolat

  14. Cao Cafe Ishikawa
    • light meals for lunch, bar at night
    • 800-1000 JPY lunch
    • slenderlong store, simple interior
    • bar seat & 4 sofa
    • 7 minutes walk from 烏丸御池駅 (Karasuma Oike Station)
  15. キルフェボン (Qu’il fait bon)
    • tarts
    • 600-900 JPY cut tart
    • ~10 tables
    • 3 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station)
    • quil fait bon

  16. CHANDER
    • Indian curry
    • 45 curries with nan (bread)
    • 750-1200 JPY
    • 7 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
  17. ピニョ食堂 (Pinyo canteen)
    • Korean soup with healthy small dishes
    • lightly flavored and you can add seasonings.
    • 850-1100 JPY
    • very small bar seat (~5 people), staffs are too close.
    • 5 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station)
    • pinyo canteen

  18. ベルアメール (Bel Amer) **recommended
    • chocolate specialty cafe & shop
    • Parfait is recommended (other 2 chocolate cafes below has no parfaits).
    • Other 2 are Mariebelle & JEAN-PAUL HÉVIN
    • 1300-1400 JPY parfait
    • 850-1000 JPY hot/cold chocolate drink
    • ~5 tables
    • Do not confuse waiting people for cafe with waiting people for shopping! Ask staffs! Avoid 13:00-15:00.
    • 11 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station)
  19. マリベル (Mariebelle)
    • chocolate specialty cafe & shop
    • 750-1200 JPY hot/cold chocolate drink
    • These Chocolate drinks may be so spicy that you may feel sick.
    • 10 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station)
    • very near Bel Amer
    • ~5 tables
    • Cacaomarket by Mariebelle (3 minutes walk from 祇園四条駅 (Gion Shijo Station)) has a very fantastic secret underground room named "angel library", which I have not visited.
  20. ジャンポールエヴァン (JEAN-PAUL HÉVIN)
    • chocolate specialty cafe & shop
    • 650-1400 JPY chocolate cakes (many)
    • 600-900 JPY chocolate drinks
    • ~10 tables
    • very near Mariebelle
    • 8 minutes walk from 三条駅 (Sanjo Station)
  21. ねこ会議 (nekokaigi, cat conference)
    • most reputable cat cafe in Kyoto (maybe)
    • 900 JPY/hour
    • 200-300 JPY drink only (not mandatory)
    • You cannot use sofa without drink (But you can use bar seat).
    • 5-8 cats are at the same time.
    • Cats here somehow like base of their tail, not head.
    • You can see "conference participation fee" in receipt.
    • 2 minutes walk from 京都市役所前駅 (Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (in front of city office) Station)
    • nekokaigi

6 bakeries

  1. キャトルセゾン (quatre saison)
    • lowest price in this list
    • 100-200 JPY pastries
    • 200-300 JPY sandwiches
    • 5 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
  2. グランディール御池 (Grandir Oike)
    • many paninis, sandwiches, bagels
    • 100-300 JPY pastries, bagels
    • 400-500 JPY paninis
    • 1 minutes walk from 京都市役所前駅 (Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (in front of city office) Station)
  3. ブラウニーブレッド&ベーグルズ (browny bread & bagels)
    • only bagels, no brownie (It’s "Browny")
    • prices not remembered (not low, not high)
    • 9 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
  4. LAND
    • small bakery
    • You can order customized sandwiches (400-500 JPY)
    • 100-300 JPY pastries and bagels
    • 7 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)
  5. リベルテ (Liberte)
    • 100-300 JPY pastries and bagels
    • Tarts in showcase are excellent (250-350 JPY).
    • 4 minutes walk from 京都市役所前駅 (Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (in front of city office) Station)
  6. ボン・ボランテ (bonne volonte)
    • 100-250 JPY pastries and bagels
    • 7 minutes walk from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station)

All stores in this list can be accessed from 神宮丸太町駅 (Jingu Marutamachi Station) on foot.

Check their closing days before visit.

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