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.
21-5, Sugigamachi (at front of Nara Life-long Study Cente), Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Japanese
Vegetarian restaurant near JR Nara Station. The owner and chef is a long-time vegetarian who speaks English. Offers a lunch set which includes several different dishes (salad, steamed vegetables, fried items, etc.) served with brown rice and a soup. Dinner by reservation only. All vegetables are organic. Choice between dairy or non-dairy in some dishes. Name in Japanese: 喜菜亭. Address 奈良市杉ケ町25－1 生涯学習センター前. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
3rd floor, 8-1 Konishicho, Narashi, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic
Natrural cafe located in the tiny street near arcade in Kintetsu Nara station (3 minute walk). Has a vegan tofu 'hamburg' (no bread), a vegan noodle, etc. Dec 2017 reported no longer using fish stock. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
3-23 SanjoOmiyacho, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out
Cozy little cafe tucked away in the back streets, just 10 minutes from Nara JR station. Serves lunch with salads, fried tofu, and other Japanese dishes. In the afternoon is tea and desserts with vegan gelato available.
Higashimuki Minamimachi 5-1, 2F Inque Bldg, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Izakaya-style restaurant, est. 2016. An izakaya is a type of Japanese eatery in which a variety of dishes and snacks are served to accompany the alcoholic drinks (but soft drinks, teas, coffee, are also available). Full menu with prices and images is available on the website.
407-4 Zoshicho, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Japanese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A Japanese noodle restaurant in Todaiji compound, among the shops/restaurants on the path from Todaiji to Nigatsudo. Offers one vegan soba dish (indicated as vegetarian) which comes with a cup of green tea. There are also a few mushroom soba/udon dishes which do not have meat, but it is unclear if the soup contains fish stock. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.
18-3 Kitagata-cho, Kawanokami Tsukinuke, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, Japanese
Indian and Asian food restaurant at 奈良市川之上突抜北方町18-3 with mostly Japanese-style seating (low tables and only a few chairs), plus one Western height table. The English menu has two sides: "with egg and milk" or "without egg and milk." Has curried rice.
Kamisanjocho, 7, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Japanese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small curry house situated on the way from Nara station to the park. Sign for vegetarian menu states "does not contain animal-derived ingredients" and lists around 7 kinds of vegetarian curries. English spoken. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time.
31-2 Fukuchiincho, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Japanese, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Spanish, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Spanish tapas with Japanese influence gluten-free and organic food. Has a vegan set comprising rice, salad, vegetables, soup, and drink. English spoken. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Sun upon reservation only.
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