Monday, January 28, 2013

Vegan Restaurant Recommendations for Kyoto

Image: Joi via Flickr
I had a wonderful trip to Japan last fall, which was originally planned to include stops in both Tokyo and Kyoto. The Kyoto portion of my trip didn't happen, but I still spent several hours compiling an itinerary, including several vegan and veg-friendly restaurants. Be sure to check out this guide first for some great tips for vegetarians. Also, special thanks to Happy Cow, which served as a great resource for vegetarian restaurants in a foreign country. When many of these restaurants had no website or a very limited website, review sites are invaluable (as was Google Translate). Most of the places listed below should have English menus, but please confirm with the restaurant if its absence would be an issue for you.

Central Kyoto:
  • Obanzai - A veg-friendly buffet with several Western food options. It may be difficult to find, so consult the directions on the Happy Cow webpage.
  • Morpho Cafe - An all vegan restaurant with burgers and other fun chioces. It appeared to be about a 15 minute walk from Nijo castle. Click here for the Happy Cow review page.
  • BioTei - A veg-friendly place that also serves meat. It had good reviews and appears to be simple but can be busy. Name in Japanese: 自然派レストラン びお亭
Kyoto University Area
  • Falafel Garden - As the name suggests, it's a falafel restaurant. Appears to have an airy and open feel. Click here for the Happy Cow review page.
  • Cafe Proverbs 15:17 - This restaurant is highly praised by many, including Mika from Veg Out Tokyo. This appears to be a nicer, all-vegetarian restaurant that reminded me of Real Food DailyClick here for the Happy Cow review page.
  • Sujata - This tiny restaurant appears to be located on the north side of the road east of the Hyakumanben intersection. The focus is Indian food, with lots of curries.
  • Tosca - Those looking for somewhere nicer (and willing to pay a bit more for it) may want to try this restaurant. It is organic and vegan, offering soups, burgers, sandwiches and more. Click here for the Happy Cow review page.
Gion Area:
  • Sunshine Cafe - A veg-friendly restaurant apparently located on the fifth floor above Shakey's in shopping arcade beside Teramachi. They have limited food options, including some non-veg.
  • Mumokuteiki Cafe and Foods - A cute all-vegan cafe that even serves desserts. They have several lunch set options and are reported to be busy on occasion. Click here for the Happy Cow review page.
  • Cafe Matsuontoko - A trendy vegan restaurant that is open fairly late. They offer burgers, salads, wine, organic drinks, and soy ice cream. Click here for the Happy Cow review page.
Here is another link to an older post on another blog that lists several of these restaurants, complete with pictures! If you plan to head to the Kyoto area, let me know if you try and of these restaurants, and, if so, what you thought of them!

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