Cosy Cafe at Tamisa Yoga

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Tenshojimaecho, 532−2, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

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. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Tue-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-5:00pm. Closed Mon. Closed Month of October.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Western, Bakery

20 Reviews

First Review by stegh

Great little find! - Edit

This is a little cafe hiding in plain site in a busy shopping mall. Not a huge choice of food but two great set meals to choose from - both Y1000. Service was a little slow but that suited the leisurely zen atmosphere of the place above the Yoga studio.

Pros: Good set meals, Japanese style seating

Cons: Not much choice of main meals (two), Small seating area

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Really a small cafe-not a restaurant - Edit

This is a small cafe in a shared space with a tiny health food store and a yoga studio.

I guess it's right there in the name but I was expecting more food! When I went they only had two food options- a quiche set and another set where I wasn't exactly sure what it was...it had a potage soup, which I don't usually care for. Then you could get items from the sets just on their own.

What they did have was a lot of drinks (teas, coffees), some really good smoothies/nut milks, muffins, and a raw cake.

I had an okara muffin, which was good, but not as good as the muffins at Approiviser, a soy latte, and a strawberry cashew milk.

The strawberry cashew milk was just excellent. It was tart and really refreshing.

I liked the decor and there were books and magazines in Japanese about veganism and yoga.

The proprietor was really nice, which is more than I can say for the woman running the front desk of the yoga studio in the a.m. She looked annoyed at my presence. She only cheered up when I left, lol.

The hours of the cafe are really limited. It didn't open until 11:30 and it closes early too.

If you want great smoothies, come here, but if you want a full meal, go to the Veg Out in the same building as the other branch of Tamisa Yoga. Veg Out is temporarily closed but will reopen at the end of Feb.

You can also try one yoga class for 2000 yen or three for 4000 yen. I took Vinyasa L1 with Saki and it was great. I felt challenged but in a totally safe way. I was disappointed I hadn't gone earlier in my trip so I could have done the three class deal. They also have some classes taught in English or by bilingual teachers.

I rate the cafe 4 stars as a coffee shop/smoothie bar.

Pros: Great smoothies, Good atmosphere inside the restaurant

Cons: Almost no main dishes on offer when I went, Reception lady was cranky, Open for limited hours

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Perfect, taste the smoothies ! - Edit

It was very good, smoothies delicious and welcome perfect !
I have done 3 Yoga classes for 4,000 yen, wonderful.

Pros: Food very good Good price

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Beautiful quiche - Edit

When we went in they had run out of the set meal but still served us the vegan quiche with a coffee.
It's the only vegan quiche I've ever had but it was very unique, and delicious.

Pros: Cosy restaurant and very atmospheric

Cons: I don't know what else they do because we never sa

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Delicious healthy food in a relaxing atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of tourists - Edit

When I'm frustrated because there is a long line at Mumokuteki or Matsuontoko (other vegan friendly spots in the Teramachi shopping arcade), I would always go to Cosy Cafe because there is bound to be a place for me there to relax and get away from the noisy tourists of that area. The portions can be small but are always flavorful and fresh. I especially love the vegan quiche. The only inconvenient thing is that they close early, at around 3pm, so be sure not to miss them if you are planning to visit. They have a great grocery store in the same space as well with lots of vegan and environmental friendly products.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-17

Pros: Tasty and healthy food, Relaxing atmosphere

Cons: Short opening hours, small portions

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My go-to lunch place. - Edit

The tastiness of the food and the reliability of opening hours has improved a lot in the 3 years I've been aware of this place.

If you want a healthy lunch in a relaxing space, go here. I recommend the quiche set.

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Nice little cafe - Edit

Went there for a late lunch and had the place virtually to myself. Opted for the brown rice set which was pretty good. Ordered an extra slice of quiche to fill me up. The cafe is indeed cozy, and it is a good place to sit with a soy milk cappuccino away from the shoppers. It was also one of the only vegan places open in the area (others had weird closing times that weren't in line with either google's or happy cow's information). It's also next to a yoga studio if that's your thing.

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nice food - Edit

great place for lunch

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lovely small cafe - Edit

Very small but the food was lovely.

Pros: tasty food, quiet and warm, good price

Cons: small portions, was hungry an hour afterwards

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nice cute cafe - Edit

Stumbled upon this cafe on a Tuesday afternoon -- the cafe supposedly closes at 3pm but luckily we were still able to catch a meal then. Friendly service, a little slow as the waiters are also the ones who prep the food. The cafe is located on the second floor and doubles as a shop as well.

We ordered the box lunch set which came with assorted side dish vegetables, salad, brown rice, taro(?) dipped in a cream sauce, and fried soy protein as well as a drink. They also offer quiche (which was sold out by the time we got there) as well as assorted vegan desserts! Items are listed in English as well as Japanese on the menu but not in detail

Overall cute cafe with great food, would definitely visit again!

Pros: good food, friendly service, nice atmosphere

Cons: might be hard to find for some, a little slow, limited menu

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great for a light snack - Edit

Great vegan quiche and smoothies! Good place to stop for a light snack while shopping. Nice quiet atmosphere.

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Not bad - Edit

I came here for lunch on a Saturday at around 2pm. By that time they had ran out of their lunch set, but they still had their quiche set. I do not really like quiche, so I was skeptical about ordering but it turned out to be alright.

Along with quiche came a potato soup, salad, and two small side dishes of various veggies. The portion size looked small but the potato soup and quiche were really filling. It was good, but the food was pretty bland.

I also ordered their chai tea, which was very tasty. It comes with sugar on the side, so if you do not like sugary drinks the chai tea as it is might be perfect for you.

The cafe itself is pretty small, but very relaxing. The staff was quite friendly.
It was a bit hard to find, though.

Overall, the food did not make a huge impression on me, so I would not come here again unless I was in the area and very hungry. I can guarantee, though, that it is a safe place for vegans.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-27

Pros: Nice atmosphere, filling food, completely vegan

Cons: Bland food, a bit small

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love this yoga studio cafe - Edit

such a wonderful cafe with amazing and balanced vegan meals. The price is just right!

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Cosy Cafe at Tamisa Yoga, Kyoto - Edit

Very nice all vegan food in a relaxing atmosphere. 1000 yen for the set meal seemed OK value to me for Japan.

Pros: All vegan, Tasty food

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lovely food and service - Edit

I was sceptical about visiting this place because of the reviews that say service is slow. Maybe those reviewers went at busy times or on busy days, but I found the service very quick! I had the set lunch menu which changes daily. It was all delicious – a selection of small Japanese dishes. I also got a muffin to take away for breakfast the next day (because breakfast is the meal I'm finding hardest to deal with as a vegan in Japan).

The cafe is attached to a shop selling (mostly?) vegan foods. I couldn't resist buying a block of 'Choco cookie' vegan chocolate.

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Not great. - Edit

I came here because it was the closest fully vegan restaurant to my hotel. The first time I went it was closed, so I made sure to return then next day to try again. There was no English lunch menu, and the two ladies there couldn't really explain what the food was in English so we decided to just get drinks and a muffin. The muffins was already pre-made, so I just picked out the one I wanted to the lady and we sat down to wait for our food. We waited no less than 35 minutes for two drinks and an already-made muffin. It's not like the place was busy either; there were two other people in the cafe and they already were eating their food. The drinks were no better than average and the muffin was quite dry anyway. I don't recommend this place, I don't think it's fair to make customers wait so long for so little.

Pros: nice seating

Cons: very slow service , not great food

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Triple choice: Yoga classes, vegan cafe and shop. - Edit

Cosy Cafe is located inside the famous Teramachi shopping arcade, a few hundred meters from the Honno-ji temple that marks the Northern entrance of the shopping arcade. The Cosy Cafe is on the second floor (ground floor + 1) and is part of Tamisa, a yoga school. You enter a wide open space that is filled with Vegan items to buy, ranging from pasta to cosmetics etc. A yoga class was being held at a room next door to the cafe. They have set menus, with 2 or 3 different choices for around 1.000 Yen. I took the vegetable quiche menu that came with a side dish of salad and a nice potato soup. As a drink I ordered the smoothie of the day, which was banana-based and delicious. You have two sitting areas, one close to the counter where you place your order with high tables and chairs, and an other area on the opposite with sunken tables, which makes it difficult for stiff non-Japanese people like me to get inside. The food took a few minutes to arrive but it was quite good, especially the potato soup. At the end of the meal, I ordered another shake and a raw vegan mango cake. Worth a visit.

Pros: Fair pricing. , Peaceful space. , Yoga classes and small Vegan shop.

Cons: Food takes time to arrive.

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Nice Lunch - Edit

This place is located inside the teramachi shopping center. If you go from the city hall it is on the right side on the second floor.
For lunch they had salads and pies for 1000 yen.

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Very nice rest/lunch spot... - Edit

We found this place when we were in the Teramachi shopping centre looking for a place to stop and have refreshments. I ordered a hot soy latte (organic fair trade coffee), my friend an iced chai and we got a banana muffin and a chocolate muffin to share. It took a little while (longer than expected) to arrive but when it did it was beautifully presented on trays and the muffins were heated. It was so good I knew I wanted to go back for lunch, so the next day we came back and ordered the quiche set and sat down at the sunken tables. The quiche was very nice with a delicious granola crust, although it wasn't the most 'quichey' vegan quiche I've had in terms of the filling and texture. It was accompanied by salad, a potato and herb soup and a glass of herb tea. A nice lunch, so I had to follow it up with coffee and mango tart, which was lovely: creamy and not overly sweet. I see this as great place to stop for a break if you're walking along the long shopping strips.

Pros: Good food, Pleasant environment, Organic fairtrade coffee

Cons: Food takes a little while to arrive

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Healthy, friendly, cozy - Edit

The staff is sweet and the food delicious. Daily set meals for lunch and tea-- a creamy and delicious vegan quiche daily (made with tofu, brown rice and miso), savory rice balls, daily muffins and cakes. Delicious and reasonably priced. Sit down area, stools, and take-away.

Pros: Healthy, Delicious, Friendly

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