Where to Have Vegetarian Food in Kyoto
1. Fortune Garden Kyoto
This elegant restaurant provides you the experience by starting with the friendly staff who show diners to their seats. Fortune Garden serves great French food, many of which are suitable for vegetarians, there are made with seasonal vegetables and fresh ingredients, you can sample dishes here. Enjoy your meal with tasty food by surrounding of Japanese traditional garden.
Address: 386-2 Ichinofunairicho Kawaramachidori 2-jo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0924
Opening Hours: 11:30-15:00/17:0-21:00 (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
This is a large temple-style restaurant surrounded by the natural beauty of Tenryuji’s gardens as a UNESCO site. Enjoy vegetarian dishes on traditional tatami mats, dishes including eggplant, pickles, steamed vegetables, cucumber salad, clear soup and tofu. Indulge the tasty food and rustic interior here, you are not only eating food, but soul soothing.
Address: 68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385
Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00
3. Falafel Garden
Located in northern Kyoto, and a short walk from Demachiyagagi Station, This restaurant is a great relaxing place for vegetarians. They offer arguably the best falafels in Kyoto, with moist and aromatic on the inside, deliciously crispy on the outside, with a range of fresh salad items and sauces. Pictures menus are available, plus the owner speaks fluent English. Enjoy your meal on the charming backyard terrace filled with plants.
Address: 15-2 Tanaka Kamiyanagicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30 (closed Wednesday)
4. Yudofu Sagano
Take a short walk from Arashiyama Station, You will run into a traditional Japanese building which tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in the Arashiyama District. They offer simplest and greatest sagadofu dishes in Kyoto. Yudofu is not only tasty, but also make for your health with its high protein and low-calorie. Enjoy the traditional Yudofu meal to feel Kyoto with the beautiful garden.
Address: 45 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
5. Tosuiro Kiyamachi Main Branch
This restaurant specializes tofu kaiseki with classical Kyoto atmosphere. Their dishes are artfully presented and tasty, soy ice cream, tempura with green tea salt, corn daifuku, the caramelized grilled tofu and the vegetarian sushi are the top picks. There are seats on the outside deck which can overlook the Kamo-gawa River that will be an amazing experience especially in summer.
Address: 517-3 Kamiosakamachi, Sanjo Agaru Kiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0961 Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00/17:00-21:00(Sunday 17:00-20:30)
This sophisticated restaurant set in a small village, right of the entrance to Kiyomizu-dera temple. They offer great vegan Shojin Ryori, also soba with mountain vegetables or simpler bowls of noodles which are the cheaper options. The Japanese vegetables freshly picks from village and you will indulge it later on, what a thrilling experience!
Address: Honmachi 1074 | Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00(closed Tuesday)
7. Arash's Kitchen
This restaurant has a warm atmosphere that is very different from most other restaurants in Kyoto, they offer Persian which we do not often see it around, Halal food which is not very easy to find in Kyoto, as well as the Indian food. It is located just behind Heian Shrine and close to Kumano Shrine. Surely, there is English menus.
Address: 123-1 Pontocho, Wisteria Court, 2F Ishiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00/17:00-0:00
8. Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar
This restaurant in the over 100 year old Kyoto house is a sanctuary for all samurai lovers, located close to the Nijo area of Kyoto. Set as a quintessentially Japanese style, It has a Japanese garden and tatami seating, also they take their samurai theme very seriously, firstly the Date Masamune greets you at the entrance. They offer samurai food which means many of the dishes are famous samurai loved to eat. Note this restaurant requires advance payment.
Address: 230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 17:30-23:00(Closed Monday)
9. Chao Chao Sanjo Kiyamachi
Chao Chao Sanjo Kiyamachi is an Osaka franchised Gyoza restaurant which has numbers of branches across Japan. They offer the variety of Gyoza dishes at affordable price, dishes include pan-fried Gyoza which is very sought-after, cheese, shrimps and boiled Gyoza, 18cm long stick Gyoza which is must-try.
Address: 117 Ishiyacho Kiya-Machi Sanjo Kudaru Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 17:00-02:00 weekdays, 14:00-02:00 Saturday, And 14:00-0:00 Sunday
10. Hobodo Cafe
This cozy and warm vegan cafe provides diners a relaxed, vintage vibe with mismatched furniture and shelves of books. It is located in an off-the-beaten-track residential neighborhood, but only take 15 minutes’ walk from Gion. The friendly owner speaks some English, and there is an English menu.
Address: Niomon Apartments 1F, 452 Shojiji-cho, Nishi-iru Higashioji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:30-17:00 (closed Monday and Tuesday)