Top 10 Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants
Even curious carnivores should agree that the tasty vegan options available at these restaurants would please even the most discerning palate. From breakfast to brunch, dinner to late-night snacking, and every meat-free meal in-between, we're sure that you'll find the very best veggie dining experiences using our Top 10 list as your guide.
41-3 Arashiyamanakaoshitach, Nishikyo, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine
Serves vegan dishes 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.
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. Last orders 2:00pm and 8:00pm.
612-0029 Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Nishi Uramachi 4-chome 88, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Pizza, Japanese, Organic, Western
An all-vegan restaurant offering food like pizza, char-grilled BBQ tofu rice bowl, miso ramen and soy milk miso ramen for noodle dishes, sweets, organic coffee and more. Has an English menu. Last order taken at 4:30 pm. Located near Fushimi Shrine at 612-0029 京都市伏見区深草西浦町4丁目88. A natural organic store also operates in the restaurant. New owner since February 2016. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
9-4, Kurumamichi-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Take-out
Vegetarian macrobiotic restaurant serving balanced set meals. Mostly vegan, but uses dairy. Located in front of the station. Gluten free menu available. Chef is a macrobiotic cooking instructor and nutritionist. See website for English. Reopened late 2017 after renovations.
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. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
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. Offers a vegan tantan-ramen and gyoza cooking class most Thursdays from 10am to 1pm - check Facebook for exact dates. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
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. Also offers vegetable sushi course. Dessert are extra. Must call to reserve at least 3 days ahead as it's not always open. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
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. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
Nishikiinokuma-cho 537, Nakagyoku (at Inokuma dori), Kyoto, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Organic
Address 錦猪熊町537京都市中京区錦. Makes chilli bean soup, different types of pita, fries, and a range of drinks. All vegan food. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
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. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
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