Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
Though Japanese cuisine is usually loaded with healthy vegetables, it is rather difficult to go completely vegan or vegetarian in Japan due to our heavy reliance on fish based stock.
Kyoto possibly is the best place to keep up with your vegan or vegetarian life-style.
Kyoto being the host of the traditional shojin ryori (a type of vegetarian meals consumed by monks), many of the modern cafes and restaurants inherit the spirit and concept behind shojin ryori.
These vegetarian cafés and restaurants offer not only healthy meals but delicious options that are kind to your soul, mind, and body.
Here are 7 best vegetarian restaurants in Kyoto!
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1.Cafe MATSUONTOKO/カフェ マツオントコCafe MATSUONTOKO aims to provide a place where people gather as a community to enjoy healthy but delicious food that are kind to human bodies, the surrounding environment, and animals.
Cafe offers various delicious food and drink items, most of which are below 1,000 yen.
In addition to vegetable salad and soup, they have unique dishes such as vegetable curry, vegan Pasta, vegan cutlet, organic beer, homemade ginger highball, etc.
It has an English menu so it would be easy for you to understand what ingredients your dish contains.
To get there, you take Hankyu Train Line to Kawaramachi station.
Address:538-6 Shijyo Agaru Shinkyougoku Nakanocho Nakagyoku, Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi station
2.Falafel Garden/ファラフェルガーデンFalafel Garden is an Israeli restaurant offering various vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian menu.
The Israeli owner speaks English and the menu is full of pictures.
Obviously famous for falafel, which is known to be one of the best in Japan, but the restaurant also offers other popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes such as Pita sandwiches, Hummus, Babaganoush, Kebabs, Couscous, etc.
The restaurant is housed near Kamo River and the forest.
This is a place you can be one with the surrounding nature, relax with your friends and family.
Falafel Garden is a 2 minutes’ walk from Demachiyanagi Station on Keihan Line.
Address:15-2 takanoha-Cho Tanaka sakyo-Ku, Kyoto
Location:2 minutes walk from Keihan demachiyanagi station
Opening hours:11:00～21:30(L. O.)
3.Biotei/びお亭Tucked away above a small building in the middle of Kyoto, Biotei is a small vegetarian restaurant, offering a great selection of organic vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Salad and various fruit drinks all look colorful and hip, just as the interior of the restaurant.
Their lunch set menu is affordable and filling.
There are some dishes that may use some fish stock, but also complete vegetarian and vegan dishes are available.
It is a 2 minutes’ walk from Karasuma Oike Station on Tozai or Karasuma Subway Lines.
Address:2F M&I Bldg, 28 Umetada-cho, Sanjo-dori. Higashinotoinn Nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto
Location:3 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station
Lunch: Tue~Fri 11:30~14:00 Closed Sat, Sun & Mon
Dinner: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 17:00~20:30 Closed Sun, Mon & Thurs
4.Mumokuteki Cafe & FoodsMumokuteki is a friendly and cozy cafe that offers a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
The cafe has an English menu with detailed information regarding each dish (such as whether the stock includes fish), so you can be sure to order food items that will fit to your dietary requirements.
The popular item include: Fresh salad bar, tofu burger plate.
For pasta, you can choose from organic pasta, whole grain pasta, or gluten free rice-flour pasta.
Their rice is grown in their own farm.
If you want to eat healthy and ethically while enjoying a moment of peace, this is a place for you.
Watch out as the cafe might be hard to find.
It is located inside a shopping arcade above a clothing store.
Address:Human Forum Bld. 2F, 351 Iseyacho Rokkaku-kudaru, Gokomachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:10 minutes walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi station,10 minutes walk from Subway Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
Opening hours:11:30〜22:00(21:00 L.O.)
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5.Vegans Cafe and RestaurantThis is truly a Vegan restaurant perfect for hard-core vegetarians and vegans.
Not only are these food healthy, but extremely delicious.
The ingredients are locally sourced and organic, obviously not using any animal products or extract, including chemical.
One great dish you should try is here their ramen, which are hard to make it vegan.
Don’t also miss their delicious and guilt-free dessert menu.
Location:10 minutes walk from Keihan main line Fujinomori station
6.Tonyu Ramen MAMEZENTonyu is soymilk.
This is a specialty restaurant of Soymilk Ramen.
Ramen being an item usually utilizes pork or chicken stock, this place is special for vegetarians and halal eaters wanting to enjoy ramen.
The owner is very accommodating so if there are any further dietary restrictions, he can adjust to your style.
The owner’s knowledge on vegan and halal requirements is amazing.
Soymilk ramen gives a think, creamy, sweet feel to your mouth without using such items as animal based stock or pork.
While you are there, why don’t you engage in a friendly conversation with the owner, who loves to share Japanese culture to any tourist?
I am sure your body and heart will be warmed.
Address:13-4 Shimogamohigashi Takagicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Kyoto Municipal Subway Line Matsugasaki Station
Opening hours:11:30～15:00 (L.O 14:30),18:00～22:00 (L.O 21:30)
Closed:New years days, Obon Period(Mid August)
7.VEG-OUT, Vegan CafeVeg-out is a vegan cafe that sits on the bank of Kamo River.
It offers healthy and delicious meals and introduces a vegan lifestyle that is kind to souls, bodies and our natural environment.
The Cafe offers such delicious meals as curry, taco rice, salad, soup, quiche, deep-fried soy meat, soy meat Salisbury steak.
It also offers delicious looking smoothies as well as muffin made of okara (soy pulp).
It is open from 8am in the morning, so might be a good place for a breakfast.
Address:1F Kamogawa-buid. 448 Inari-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:2 minutes walk from Keihan Main line Shichijo station
Opening hours:Tue-Sun:8:00-21:00 (L.O.20:00)
Top 7 Vegetarian Restaurants in Kyoto
- Cafe MATSUONTOKO・・・ They offer various delicious food and drink items, most of which are below 1,000 yen.
- Falafel Garden・・・Falafel Garden is an Israeli restaurant offering various vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian menu.
- Biotei・・・Biotei is a small vegetarian restaurant, offering a great selection of organic vegetarian and vegan dishes.
- Mumokuteki Cafe & Foods・・・Mumokuteki is a friendly and cozy cafe that offers a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
- Vegans Cafe and Restaurant・・・This is truly a Vegan restaurant perfect for hard-core vegetarians and vegans.
- Tonyu Ramen MAMEZEN・・・This is a specialty restaurant of Soymilk Ramen.
- VEG-OUT, Vegan Cafe・・・Veg-out is a vegan cafe that sits on the bank of Kamo River.
I hope you’ll have great vegetarian dishes in Kyoto!
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