82 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
8-29 Saganohirakichou, Ukyo, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Pizza, Japanese, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Fusion
Upscale vegan restaurant minutes from Katabiranotsuji station on the Arashiyama line, or 10 minutes from Uzumasa station on Sanin line. Offers a lunch set with three courses consisting of seasonal vegetables of Kyoto, traditional dried soymilk skin, and wheat gluten. Has vegetable sushi course. Dessert are extra. Must call to reserve at least 3 days ahead as it's not always open. As of Jan 2017 lunch set 2,000 yen, sushi courses 5000-6000 yen.
543 Asakura-cho, Nakagyo-ku (at Tomino-koji), Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, European, Fusion
Vegan shojin cuisine restaurant in traditional machiya-style house close to the Nishiki market, since April 2016. Its flagship location is in Okinawa. Features contemporary vegan-meets-Shojin cuisine using organic local vegetables, millet, and prepared condiments like vinegar, miso, and soy sauce. Menu ranges from Japanese Shojin, Italian, and French to Oriental. Selection of wine and sake. Vegan ramen lunches at weekends since Dec 2016.
2-39, Uzumasa Goshonouchi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Take-out
A tiny organic cafe located just behind Shochiku Movie Studio, a 5 minute walk from the Randen Katabira-no-Tsuji station which is close to Uzumasa Movie Village. Offers 3 kinds of meals: plate of the day lunch, day's curry, plus miso soup and brown rice balls set. Could also order a boxed lunch to go. Last orders 30 mins before closing. Daytime last orders 6pm. Evening reservations required by 6pm. NOTE: check the calendar of the homepage before visiting.
36-3, Polygonum-machi, Takano, Zuojing District, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Take-out, Asian, Bakery
An all-vegan bakery/cafe located a short walk from Demachiyanagi Station. Serves a wide variety of sweet and savory buns, in addition to loaves of bread. Also has a cafe area, where you can eat your bakery items or order a lunch set meal. Address: 京都市左京区高野蓼原町36-3.
41-3 Arashiyamanakaoshitach, Nishikyo, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine
Serves vegan food all made from vegetables, seaweed, and kelp. Has tempura, udon, soups, and bento platters. Owner speaks some English, and there is a menu also in English.
89-1 Sanjo-dori, Ohashi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Western, Take-out, Gluten-free
Vegan and entirely gluten-free restaurant located 2 mins east of Keihan Sanjo subway station. Breakfast 9-10:30am, Lunch 11am-4pm (last order 3pm), Dinner 5-9pm (last order 8pm). Menu items include fermented vegan cheese, veggie burgers, soups, brown rice risotto, organic pasta, quiche, pancakes, raw cake, smoothies, hot drinks, and more. Their house-made vegan cheese is available for purchase. Open 7 days a week.
Tenshojimaecho, 532−2, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Western, Bakery
Address in Japanese 京都市中京区天性寺前町532 北原ビル2F. One floor above well signed Tamisa Yoga. Small vegan cafe and health food shop. Cafe serves light meal sets, cakes, muffins, quiche, coffee drinks. English menu & spoken.
67-3 Jinmei-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic
Small vegan cafe with a little retail area. Each day offers only around 10 portions of lunchtime specials, so go early. Has 3 set meals served all day. Desserts available. Address in Japanese: 〒604-8207 京都府京都市 中京区神明町67-3.
Nishiura-30 Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese
Traditional Japanese buddhist zen cuisine (shojin ryori). Affiliated with and located opposite the Manpukiji temple and set in a picturesque zen garden. Serves set course meals in the fuccha ryori style.
Nishiki-dori, 198-1 (at Nishiki Market), Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine
Kyoto vegan restaurant inside the market arcade. Offers set meals. Look for the half open glass door next to the sweet shop stall, approx. 4 stalls before you reach Fuyacho -dori, at 京都府京都市中京区東魚屋町198-1, 〒604-8055. NOTE: has irregular opening hours - call ahead.
278 Karasuma dori, Kita-ku, Kuramaguchi, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Shojinryori
Temple setting, Shojin Ryori style food, but a special style which is Fucha Ryori. Two days advance booking for party of 2 minimum is required. Address in Japanese: 〒603-8146 京都府京都市北区鞍馬口町寺町西入新御霊口278.
Kino building 113 Jodoji Kamibambacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Organic
Serves contemporary vegan Japanese food, drinks, and dessert in a light-filled, modern setting above an art gallery. Menu options include a generous sampler plate, pickled vegetables, curry, rice balls, tofu cake & ice cream, tea, coffee, sake, wine, beer. Operated by the owner-chef of the traditional yuba-don restaurant Hale in the Nishiki Market, it's a welcoming vegan alternative in northern Kyoto, not far from Kyoto University & Kyoto Art & Design College.
1F Sumioka Building, 460 Kinbuki-cho, Oshikouji-dori, Ryogaemachi Nishiiru, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Organic, Beer/Wine, French
Located in the Karasuma-Oike area near Kyoto International Manga Museum, this restaurant serves entirely vegan French dishes using organic vegetables wherever possible. Offers 3 different priced sets (starts from approx. Y4410 up to Y7350). Note that group dining must order the same course option.
538-6 Shijyo Agaru Shinkyougoku Nakanocho Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Pizza, Japanese, Organic, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out
Vegan restaurant at 538-6 四条上る新京極通中之町中京区 serving burgers, pizza, pasta, salads, a few Japanese dishes, plus cocktails and drinks.
309 Saikachicho (at Kamigyo Ward), Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Raw, Western
Vegan restaurant on Horikawa-dori at the corner of Kamichojyamachi and on the west side of the Horikawa river canal. Offers a large selection of mains, as well as some cakes and desserts, drinks, and set meals. Closes 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month.
202 Shirakawa St, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Indian, International, Organic, Take-out, French, Fusion, Pan-Asian
Est. 2001, the oldest vegan restaurant in Kyoto. Vegetables are purchased from nearby farmers. Music events and live performances. Has an English menu. Address: 左京区一乗寺築田町95 第一メゾン白川202
34 Sanbankatsu, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Buddhist
Obakusan is the founder of the vegan Fucha Ryori (a vegan Buddhist style of cooking). As a Buddhist temple they cannot serve meat. It is absolutely vegan. Note that the Fucha Ryori includes mock dishes such as mock salmon, etc. It is all vegan Buddhist Temple Food. Flower course, moon course, and more.
600-31, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Organic, Take-out
Vegetarian restaurant located in a residental alley on Kitsubashi-dori, behind Kyoto Tower hotel annex, at 京都府京都市下京区東塩小路町６００−３1. 5-minute walk from Kyoto train station. Around US$10 for a set dinner. May 2016 reported now fully vegan.
Marikooji St, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine
Kyoto-style Japanese organic restaurant, at 京都府京都市左京区吉田牛ノ宮町25-12, which is north of Higashi Ichijo St, 2 blocks west of Yoshida Shrine, east of Maruta. Serves vegan meals plus sake and herbal refreshments. Hosts music and events.
13 Goryonoshita-machi, Ryoanji, Ukyo-ku (at /off Shimei Dori Rdi, near Gold Pavillion), Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Buddhist
Last order taken at 4:30pm. Named Ryoanji Yudofu (Ryoanji Seven Herb Tofu, in English), because its famous dish is yudofu (boiled tofu with vegetables and seven herbs). The restaurant is inside the Ryoanji Temple area, in the Seigenin building (a minor temple attached to the main temple and situated by the Kyoyoike pond- a 1000-year-old Koi pond). English menu available. Nice food and setting. Address in Japanese: 京都府京都市右京区龍安寺御陵ノ下町13.
63 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese
Serves Tofu Shojin Ryori. Address in Japanese: 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町63. Closed Wednesday and first Tuesday of the month. It is advised to call ahead before you go to be sure that it's open.
Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Tanaka-Mon-zen-cho 96-2, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Indian, Japanese
Tiny restaurant on the north side of the road east of the Hyakumanben intersection in the Kyoto University and Ginkakuji area. English speaking staff. Relaxing atmosphere. Serves Japanese style lunch and dinner menu (teishoku), Indian curry, and noodles. Previously named Earth Shokudou. Mar 2014 owner reports no egg or dairy used. Last orders 6pm every day.
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