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Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!

As a saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

Kyoto’s mornings can start fairly early, as it is nice to visit temples and shrines early in the mornings in quiet.

How about packing your body and soul with a beautiful and nutritious breakfast first to get ready for your exciting day?

Here are 5 best breakfast restaurants that Kyoto offers, they themselves can be a part of your beautiful Kyoto memories.
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1.Hyotei Annex(Bekkan)/瓢亭 別館

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Hyotei is one of the most esteemed restaurants in Kyoto.

Established in 1837, this three Michelin starred restaurant has been serving traditional Kyoto dishes and kaiseki (traditional course meals) to people in Kyoto for a long time.
The most famous breakfast menu here is rice porridge.

Rice porridge, being such a simple dish, you can appreciate the skills and traditions of Hyotei which has been serving this rice porridge for more than 400 years.

The porridge comes with beautiful and elegant side dishes.

They are presented almost in a kaiseki style.

The rice porridge set costs 6,000 yen in the main shop.

But you can experience it (minus a few items) for 4,500 yen at its Annex(Bekkan), which is easier to enter for tourists.

When you have this set meal, note the perfectly soft boiled egg.

It is so delicious and addictive, it has now become known as “Hyotei egg” beyond Kyoto.

This is the place for you if you want to try an elegant breakfast that every Kyotonian dreams of.

Hyotei Annex(Bekkan)
Address:35,Nanzenji Kusagawa, Sakyo-ku,Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Subway Keage Station
Opening hours:16th Mar.-30th.Nov.Breakfast(Asagayu/rice porridge)/1st of Dec.-15th.Mar.Breakfast(Torigayu/chicken rice porridge) 8:00〜11:00,Lunch:12:00〜16:00
Price:Breakfast:4,500 yen,Lunch 5,400yen
Others:English Menu is available

2.Machiya Cafe Roji Usagi/町家カフェ ろじうさぎ

Roji Usagi (literally meaning rabbit in an alley) is a cute restaurant located in the historic location near hanamachi, where the traditional townhouses (machiya) still exist.

The restaurant is hosted in one of the beautiful machiya house.

It is open from 8 am and has a great breakfast menu which starts at ¥500.

Recommended item here is “kyo-no asagohan” meaning “Breakfast in Kyoto” being offered at 800 yen.

It is a perfectly nice Japanese breakfast consisting of healthy items such as vegetable, soup, fish, and rice.

Having a traditional Japanese breakfast here is like starting a day in a Japanese house.

You can take time enjoying a blissful morning staring at their beautiful small garden.

Here is a video of Roji Usagi

Machiya Cafe Roji Usagi
Address:176 Shimoyanagi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Location:6 minutes walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo station Exit 6,8 minutes walk from Hnkyu Line Kawaramachi station exit 1
Opening hours:Brakfast:8:00~11:00(L.O 10:30) ,Lunch:12:00~17:00(L.O 16:30),Jul.-Aug.7:00〜11:00(L.O 10:30),Lunch:12:00~17:00(L.O 16:30)
Closed:Irregular holiday
Price:500〜1,000 yen
Others:English Menu is available.It’s better to reserve a table in advance.

3. Miyakoyasai Kamo Shijo-Karasuma Shop/都野菜賀茂

Kamo serves a buffet breakfast.

Kamo is an organic restaurant that serves food prepared using locally produced vegetables, fruits, and grains without any artificial flavors, coloring or preservatives.

“Miyako Yasai” refers to vegetables being produced in Kyoto.

The buffet breakfast which is available from 8 am to 10 am is only for 500 yen.

You can try various types of organic fresh and processed vegetables produced carefully in Kyoto, some porridge, along with some bread and fruits.

This will get you a perfect healthy start of your day.

With such value for money, there is no way that you should skip this.

Kamo has three branches: Shijo Karasuma, in front of Kyoto Aquarium, and in Kawaramachi.

Here is a video of Miyako Yasai kamo in Japanese.

Miyakoyasai Kamo Shijo-Karasuma Shop
Address:276 Ogisayakacho Higashinotoindori Ayanokoji Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:3 minutes walk from Subway Shijo Station,3 minutes walk from Hankyu Line Karasuma station
Opening hours:Breakfast:8:00 ~ 10:00(L.O.9:30),Lunch:11:00 ~ 16:00(L.O.15:00),17:30 ~ 23:00(L.O.22:00)
Price:Breakfast:500 yen,Lunch:〜1,000 yen,Dinner:1,000〜1,500 yen
Others:English speaking staff is available

4.Maeda Coffee Muromachi Main Shop/前田珈琲店

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Established in 1971, Maeda Coffee is a historic coffee house and roster that has been operating in Kyoto for 40 years.

It now has 5 branches (some in unique locations such as in the Museum of Kyoto or Koudai-ji Temple) and 1 teahouse.

Maeda Coffee’s main branch in Shijo area used to be a clothing store, which was reformed in 1981 to serve coffee.

The exterior and the interior of the coffee shop tell its history.

As having its own roaster, Maeda coffee serves the specialty-grade coffee.

There are a variety of items for on their breakfast menu.

With so many delicious looking options, it might take you a while to choose!

Get one of the morning sets that come with a great cup of coffee, you will understand why Kyotonians love Maeda Coffee so much.

Take a sip and enjoy the classic environment here.

Maeda Coffee Muromachi Main Shop
Address: 236 Hashibenkeicho, Takoyakushi Karasuma-dori Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Subway Shijo Station,5 minutes walk from Hankyu Line Karasuma station
Opening hours:7:00〜19:00

5.Kyoto Brighton Hotel – Hotaru/京都ブライトンホテル 蛍

Kyoto Brighton Hotel is a 5 star hotel located a few blocks from Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The hotel here is known for its breakfast.

It is so popular that people chose to stay in the hotel for the purpose of having its breakfast.

It scored 1st in the west Japan on the “Elegant Hotel Breakfast Ranking,” conducted by a major newspaper in Japan.

It has two restaurants, but I would recommend “Hotaru” which serves the traditional Japanese breakfast.

Breakfast/Rice Porridge set called “Asage” is 3,200 yen.

It is a bit pricey, almost at the level of Hyotei, but it is worth it.

It is beautiful with various side dishes presented like a course meal.

The premium “Kujaku set” is 6,200 yen, which comes with a Japanese porridge with abalone.

If you are in a mood for an elegant breakfast, this is the option for you.

You must reserve Kujaku set in advance, but you don’t need to reserve a table for Asage set.

Kyoto Brighton Hotel – Hotaru
Address:Shinmachi-dori, Nakadachiuri,Shiteicho,Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:8 minutes walk from Subway Imadegawa station Exit 6
Opening hours:Breakfast:7:00〜10:00(L.O.9:30),Lunch: 11:30〜15:00(L.O.14:30),Dinner: 17:30〜22:00(L.O.20:30)
Others:English Menu is available
You must reserve Kujaku set in advance, but you don’t need to reserve a table for Asage set.

I hope you’ll have beautiful breakfast memories in Kyoto!

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