Kyoto is full of great options when it comes to eating. It is known for Green Tea or Matcha and if you know me I love ANYTHING that contains those words. =) Here is a list of what to eat in Kyoto!


Floresta Donuts inside Nishiki Market

How cute is this donut though? Floresta Donuts is located inside Nishiki Market which has many options for food and shopping. The donuts are almost too cute to eat! There were many options such as a green tea frog donut but I opted for the cute kitty. You will also find Floresta Donuts in Osaka and many locations in Tokyo.


Photo by: @dependon_ayu

Tsuijri Honten or Saryo Tsujiri (Kyoto Station)
Gion Locatoin: 10am-10pm
Kyoto Station: 10am-8pm

Tsujirii is the most famous matcha tea shop and parfait cafe in Kyoto. I believe this is a chain and there is also a store in Tokyo Station. I was pretty disappointed that I was unable to make it here! So please go and let me know how it is!


Itohkyuemon is famous for their green tea and lovely snacks. It’s across the street from Kyoto Station. Main store is located in Uji which is about 20 minutes from Kyoto.

Mister Donut

I was addicted to Mister Donut! The ring donuts is a donut/mochi hybrid. It’s located inside Kyoto Station and I basically had one each morning. It’s a chain so you will find them all over Japan, especially in Tokyo.



Street Food

So many great options when it comes to street food! Try everything you can because it’s all delicious! Don’t forget about the matcha ice cream either, you can find it everywhere!

Kyoto is known to have the best Kaiseki, Udon, Soba and Ramen

Sobanomi Yoshimura


SobaSobanomi Yoshimura: Great service! I loved that they made the noodles in front of us while sitting at the bar.


Udon: Pictured above is from a traditional udon shop I found after Monkey Park. I don’t have the name of the place but it’s located on the left corner after walking over the bridge from Monkey Park. Another good option for udon in the city is Yamamotomenzo

Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner. Similar to a tasting menu from a fine dining restaurant so this can be pricey. Ryokans (Japanese style hotels) are known to serve great Kaiseki meals which you can read more about my experience in Hakone at Hakone Ginyu.

Other Restaurants:

Ippudo Nishikikoji: Famous ramen chain but a must if you haven’t had it!

Gogyo: Cheap delicious ramen

Izuu: Well known sushi restaurant popular by locals and tourists.

Nakamura: 3 michelin star restaurant. I suggest going for lunch for a cheaper option.

If you’ve tried any of these places please share! I hope my guide provides you with a happy tummy!

What To Eat In Kyoto


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  • Anny

    April 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Making me hungry! The pictures are amazing! I love this post!

    1. Tour de Lust

      April 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you Anny! =)

  • Thomas

    April 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Christine, amazing post. My girlfriend has been wanting to check out Japan. Planning to take her in the near future. This will definitely come in handy. Thanks!

    1. Tour de Lust

      April 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you Thomas! She will love it!

  • Diana

    April 10, 2016 at 4:43 am

    So cute!

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  • Niza Groell

    December 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    What an awesome info about Kyoto!
    Thank you for the recommendation and I’ll definitely try the places you mentioned 🙂
    Thank you!

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      You will love Kyoto’s food! Enjoy!

  • Sarah

    June 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for this list, I want to visit all of them! Do you think I will need to know more than basic Japanese phrases if I went to a place like Izuu? Thank you in advance!

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 22, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Nope you should be okay if you don’t know too much Japanese.. I didn’t know much and I was fine!

      1. Sarah

        June 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

        Thank you! 😀

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