Kyoto cafes and bars
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This guide covers cafes, bars (including specialty craft-beer bars) and animal cafes.

Kyoto cafes

Au Temps Perdu - Tea shop: Heian Shrine
[ Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mon, 1st, 3rd Tues. ]
Au Temps Perdu has a grand location - Higashiyama to the east, Heian-jingu to the north and the Shirakawa River out front. They serve no coffee, but an extensive range of teas as well as sherry,...
[ Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mon, 1st, 3rd Tues. ]
Kyoto Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House - Tea shop: Heian Shrine
[ Open noon-5pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
Black tea from Uji, the renowned tea-growing region south of Kyoto, is served in an array of pots and cups from throughout Japan. It's serious pleasure at a leisurely pace. A double pleasure is to...
[ Open noon-5pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. ]
Tranq Room - Cafe: Heian Shrine
[ Open noon-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
The dynamic menu at the Tranq Room is testimony to Yukihide Hirata's quest for the exotic. He hit that target recently with his all-organic Nama-yuba Donburi - shimeji mushrooms and fried tofu in a...
[ Open noon-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Aux Bacchanales - French: Karasuma
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Another French bistro-cafe arrives in Kyoto: this one is a branch of the excellent Tokyo-based chain, known for their authentic French style and well-prepared food. The Y1000 lunches are a good...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Cafe Bibliotic Hello - Cafe: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open noon-11pm (LO) daily. ]
This converted townhouse on a quiet back street has the air of a very hip used bookstore - the comfortable chairs and tables are surrounded by shelves upon shelves of books and magazines that you're...
[ Open noon-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Somushi Tea House - Tea shop: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 10am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
The air is fragrant with incense as you walk into this charming teahouse - newly built in 2003 and tastefully decked out with Kyoto-style artwork and furnishings. Besides tea and dessert you'll also...
[ Open 10am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Cafe Independants - Cafe: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 11:45am-midnight daily. ]
Perhaps the Bohemian epicenter of Kyoto, this student-hangout basement cafe features artfully exposed brick, peeling paint and well-worn stone floors. The 75-year-old building also houses a great...
[ Open 11:45am-midnight daily. ]
Sarasa Fuyacho Pausa - Cafe: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open noon-midnight daily. ]
This hip little cafe has a very comfortable atmosphere, and is plugged into the local art and underground music scene. At dinner the inexpensive menu features Mediterranean-influenced dishes like...
[ Open noon-midnight daily. ]

Kyoto coffee shops

Sentido - Coffee shop: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 7:30am-7pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Great single-origin espresso is served in this pleasant little shop; they also have a nice house blend. Open 8am-6:30pm Saturdays.
[ Open 7:30am-7pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Cafe Phalam - Coffee shop: Kyoto City
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Serving some of the best gourmet coffee in this neighborhood (across from Nijo station), Phalam offers a comfortable and spacious setting for your latte or espresso, and there's free WiFi. There's...
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]

Kyoto animal cafes

Wan Nyan Chu 2 - Cat cafe: Kawaramachi
[ Open noon-9pm daily. ]
This second branch of Kyoto's most popular cat cafe has a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere than the main shop, with plenty of comfortable nooks and crannies for human visitors as well as the twenty...
[ Open noon-9pm daily. ]
Nekokaigi - Cat cafe: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 11am-8pm (enter by 7pm). Closed Tuesdays. ]
"Relax with cute cats" is the mission statement at this small cat cafe, which has more than a dozen resident cats ready to hang out with. Admission is Y900 for the first hour, with coffee, tea and...
[ Open 11am-8pm (enter by 7pm). Closed Tuesdays. ]

Kyoto beer bars

Komachi - Beer bar: Heian Shrine
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Seven craft beers on tap and good food at this neighborhood craft-beer bar.
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Bungalow - Beer bar: Karasuma
[ Open 3pm-1am (LO; Sun 12-10pm). Closed Mondays. ]
One of the better places for craft beer in Kyoto (there isn't much competition), Bunglaow has ten taps devoted to Japanese craft breweries as well as a good menu of French and European bistro fare. ...
[ Open 3pm-1am (LO; Sun 12-10pm). Closed Mondays. ]
Bakujun - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Mondays. ]
This quiet bar has good food and craft beers, although the atmosphere is rather subdued. There are eight taps along with a selection of bottled beer (both Japanese and Belgian), with beers ranging...
[ Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Mondays. ]
Before 9 - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
This stylish two-story bar, located in a converted machiya townhouse, serves both craft beer and artisanal sake. Kyoto Brewing Co, a local brewer, is well represented on the bar's eight taps, and...
[ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
Takumiya - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Appetizing aromas wafting from the direction of the deep fryer are one of the charms of this lively craft-beer bar, although they occasionally clash with customers' cigarette smoke. Eight taps...
[ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Ichi-ya - Beer bar: Kawaramachi
[ Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Ichiya's spacious dining room is definitely a cut above your average beer bar, with stylish modern decor, comfortable seating and an invigorating musical soundtrack. Launched in August 2016 by...
[ Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Len - Bar: Kawaramachi
[ Open 8am-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Located on the ground floor of a popular hostel, this budget-friendly cafe-bar offers a good selection of drinks, including draft beers from Kyoto Brewing and Baird (Shizuoka), a few types of sake,...
[ Open 8am-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
AB - Cafe: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 11am-11pm. Closed Mondays. ]
This very fashionable cafe-bar and boutique serves gourmet coffee, meaty sandwiches, and a rotating selection of Japanese craft beers on draft from five taps. The beer selection leans heavily...
[ Open 11am-11pm. Closed Mondays. ]
Karr - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 3pm-1am. Closed Thursdays. ]
'Good beer! Good ham! Good music!' reads the sign on the wall, and this is a manifesto we wholeheartedly endorse. Pub Karr is a cozy, friendly little spot, well suited to a group outing if you don't...
[ Open 3pm-1am. Closed Thursdays. ]
Tadg's Gastro Pub - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily. ]
One of Kyoto's hangouts for craft-beer aficionados, Tadg's offers eight Japanese craft beers on tap along with a good selection of US imports by the bottle. Bar snacks include fish and chips,...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Le Monument Bleu - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kyoto City
[ Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays. ]
Located just one minute from Hankyu Saiin station, this attractively decorated specialty bar is worth seeking out if you're a fan of Belgian beers. The list of brews is impressive, and it's matched...
[ Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays. ]

More Kyoto bars

Plus Sake Bar Plus Cafe - Bar: Gion
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-midnight) daily. ]
Dozens of varieties of craft sake are ready for tasting at this small sake bar and cafe attached to the Jam Hostel. They also offer umeshu (ake "plum wine") and several other sake-based fruit...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-midnight) daily. ]
Hub (Cocon Karasuma) - Beer bar: Karasuma
[ Open noon-11:45pm (LO) daily. ]
British beers, darts and foosball in this national chain of pubs; no English menu though.
[ Open noon-11:45pm (LO) daily. ]
Yoramu - Bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays, 1st Sunday. ]
You'll find a fantastic trove of unusual, limited-edition sakes in this off-the-beaten-track sake pub. The food menu is just as eclectic, and well suited to the drinks.
[ Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays, 1st Sunday. ]
Asakura - Bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 7pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays. ]
A small sake pub with a fantastic selection of unusual regional sakes from around Japan. The food menu is limited to small snacks, including a wide selection of imported cheeses; if you thought sake...
[ Open 7pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Cordon Noir - Bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 7pm-3am. Closed Wednesdays. ]
A specialty bar with an amazing selection of rare Scotch whiskeys; the bartender also mixes good cocktails. The food menu includes the Scottish favorite haggis.
[ Open 7pm-3am. Closed Wednesdays. ]
K6 - Bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 6pm-3am (5am weekends) daily. ]
A pleasant, medium-sized bar with a serious selection of single-malt Scotch whiskies and one Japanese microbrew beer (Yona Yona real ale on tap).
[ Open 6pm-3am (5am weekends) daily. ]
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