喫茶ホーボー堂 cafe and book shop serving Japanese dishes with international influence. Menu changes frequently. Meal sets service starts at 11am and includes miso soup with assorted little salads and tofu dishes. Serves Japanese sweets and coffee. Open Fri-Sun 11:30am-4:00pm. Closes random days.

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38 Reviews

First Review by SusanRoberts


Points +326

26 Aug 2023

Delicious lunch 🥰

One of my absolute favourites in Kyoto. Tiny place, perfect walking distance when around Heian jingū or Kyoto museum of Arts.
Lunch set was incredibly balanced, every little piece seasoned on point. 100% reccomended!

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-25

Pros: Amazing taste, Very calm and quite place



Points +1174

11 Jun 2023

best ohagi and big big coffee

gonna try lunch menu next but the ohagi were soooo good and also quite big (some goes for coffee)
cafe was also pretty nice with cozy seating and lots of books c:

Pros: big size


Points +133

30 May 2023


Such a lovely restaurant with proper and absolutely delicious Japanese food. It’s a bit far from everything, but absolutely worth coming here! 🧚‍♀️


Points +55

20 Apr 2023

big love

The lunch set was soooo yummy—such a treat to get to eat a true Japanese lunch that's all vegan !! Very cozy place run by very kind people.

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-11


Points +164

08 Apr 2023

Great food and relaxing ambience

Absolutely love your food and friendly atmosphere. A big Thank you to all the staff and the owner.

Pros: Tasty and freshly made Japanese food, Reasonable prices and friendly good service , Takeout lunch boxes available for only 1200 yen

Cons: The miso soup was not hot.


Points +42

29 Oct 2022

The best vegan bento of Kyoto

It's amazing. I love all the small different dishes, it's always a nice surprise when you open your takeaway bento :)


Points +32

10 Oct 2021

Top notch Washoku

Not huge selection , but at least two vegan set dinners and other side dishes too.
Really top notch! Way above average tempura / tofu/ pickles/ the whole lot , and very reasonable price (set dinner for ¥1700) I would have paid double that ! This place is highly recommended

Pros: Really good food , Cheap food you could pay five times the price for, Quick easy / English menu no surprises

Cons: Not huge selection / not vegan or veg specialty , This is not a big con at all really!


Points +150

03 Jun 2021


This is one of my favourite places in Kyoto. The set lunch is amazing. I can't recommend this place enough. If you love food, come here.

Updated from previous review on 2020-04-29


Points +441

18 Oct 2020

A cozy vegan restaurant loved by local people!

Came here for the last lunch in Kyoto and it turned to be a great experience ♡ You walk through several little shrines / temples and this place is found in a tranquil residential area. The lunch set came with so many of little dishes and every one of them (even miso-soup) gave me great impressions !
The owner couple was kind too!

Pros: Good service, Great for lunch, Confortable atmosphere


Points +1629

25 Sep 2020

Delectable Lunch Set for a great price

It is so wonderful to get a lunch set with 10 different flavors for 1,200yen (I think). I think only one of the dishes wasn't great (mainly due to my personal distaste for okra), which is so rare to encounter and lovely experience. Highly recommend this place, and think it is a great back alley spot to stop.

Updated from previous review on 2020-09-25

Pros: ambiance is cozy and comfortable, fresh ingredients


Points +81

23 Mar 2020

Varié, délicat et délicieux !

Tout est vegan, à un prix abordable vu la qualité et la grandeur de leur menu. De multiples petits plats sont présents dans le menu, avec des saveur et des légumes très variés.
Leur dessert sont également super bons ! (une base de riz très gourmande, avec un enrobage au choix.. Noisette, thé vert...).
De très bons thé de proposé, à siroter en écoutant de la bonne musique dans cet endroit apaisant.


Points +82

14 Mar 2020


Very cute cafe, was a really nice place to sit and have a relaxed lunch. The food was all very tasty and reasonably priced. Set menu which changes every few days. Would recommend!

Pros: All vegan , Set menu was tasty, Good price for the quality of what you get


Points +2512

25 Jan 2020

Best meal in Japan so far...

We loved our lunch here in this cozy cafe, which is lined with book shelves. We both agreed it was the best meal we’ve had in Japan so far. Our mixed platter was delicious and the sweet rice balls and coffee were great too. The staff were delightful. We would love to come back.


Points +104

25 Nov 2019

Small place with set menu

This small place is away from the main tourist areas of Kyoto which is great. It had a set menu of the day and you get small amounts of a few different things. Some of them were tasty and others more plain. The staff are friendly and it’s quite a hippyish vibe. Not for those who prefer finer dining.

Pros: Entirely vegan , In a quiet area

Cons: Not many tables so you may have to queue


Points +330

22 Nov 2019


Cocina de autor, lo mejor que he probado. 100% recomendable.

Pros: Comida muy elaborada y increíbles sabores, Ambiente y servicio agradable , Muy barato para la calidad que ofrecen


Points +1056

22 Oct 2019

Peaceful deliciousness

The lovely people running this new favorite place made us the most delicious, organic, fresh, filling lunch set ever. The sitting area is filled with books all around and the 60ties feel of the seating area is cute. I had the brown sugar ginger soy milk and it was delightful. Our lunch set came with rice and miso soup and gyoza. There were many small dishes on the plate: eggplant, salad, sweet potato, pumpkin, a veggie pattie etc. All so good!!!! For dessert we had Ohagi, sweet rice balls filled with bean paste and covered one with roasted green tea and the other roasted bean powder. Delicious. We loved the whole slow food experience.

Pros: Organic food, Peaceful place, All credit cards and Apple Pay accepted

Cons: No English restaurant sign outside


Points +34

24 Sep 2019

Super tasty take away rice cake

They look like mochi, but are rather a heap of rice with a yummy topping. Highly recommended!


Points +164

19 Sep 2019

Hidden gem

This place is a hidden gem in Kyoto. Located on a small street outside of the city center. This small restaurant packs in the flavor with large portion for a great price. First of all the soy milk ginger brown sugar drink is next level goodness. The dumpling leaving you thinking about the theft time you will be able to enjoy them. The lunch set is full of flavors and fills you up! Some days I have to remind myself I need to try new places but I just keep going back.

Pros: Nice getaway from city center, Food is made with love and you can taste it, Reasonable price especially for amount of food


Points +512

13 Sep 2019


Very lovely place! The interior is so beautiful, I really loved the vibes.
The staff doesn‘t speak much English, but is very friendly.
I had the changing lunch set, and it was absolutely beautiful - tastewise as well as aesthetically. For the quality of the food, the price is fair as well.
Also had two of their sweets (hazelnut and roasted soy flour). They were very tasty as well! :)

Pros: All vegan, Nice interior, Good quality food


Points +778

10 Sep 2019

Beautiful bento

Cute little place serving high quality vegan bento, curry and lunch sets. We ordered the bento for around 1000.


Points +257

16 Aug 2019

LOVE this place

The food is excellent, the room is cute, the people are super nice. Don’t miss the ohagi balls.


Points +11

Mostly Veg
29 Jul 2019


What a welcoming place! A bit hidden but a real gem.
We enjoyed the vegan set menu which was really from a high level. Everything on our plate was fresh, well prepared and absolutely delicious. The best vegan menu we had in Kyoto for a price that can't be beaten. While waiting we were listening to some good music from The Pascals, a Japanese band with outstanding musicians. I never heard of them but the 2 owners were very enthusiast about this group. me too know.
Find out for yourself what a great place this is and on top get to know some Japanese music!Make this place known, they deserve it!

Pros: Great food!, Nice ambiance., Cheap for what you get.


Points +27

18 Jul 2019

Amazing vegan set!!!

We try a vegan set of the day, the presentation was so acurate and the flavors and dishes were perfect.

We left our bag in they restaurant with the keycards of our hotel and they come to our hotel and return it to us!

Thx a lot!!!


Points +16

08 Jul 2019

Lovely little cafe

The cafe itself has an indie feeling and is very cosy with books lining the walls. Though there was only one member of staff there when we went she was very friendly and polite and cooked our food quickly. I had a curry and soup, and my mum had the miso soup with vegetable dishes. The presentation was beautiful and each dish was brought out to use at just the right time so we could enjoy them separately. The price was very reasonable considering how brilliant it tasted. We left feeling full but not stuffed. Overall, it was thoroughly enjoyable to eat in this charming little cafe.

Pros: Lovely, friendly staff , Unique, cosy space, Delicious food with beautiful presentation

Cons: Absolutely nothing


Points +8370

06 Jul 2019

Tasty, cozy, friendly & affordable!

Hobodo is a delightful, intimate cafe with character, warmth, delicious food at great prices, and sweet and friendly service. Wonderful!

There’s an English version of the menu.



Points +19

15 Jun 2019

great, fresh, vegan food

I've been in Kyoto for a month now and the vegetable-focused food was a nice break from all the tofu and rice I usually get. The food is excellent, and the cafe has a nice vibe as well. Great value for the amount and quality of food (for reference, I ate a large and filling lunch for 1000yen).

Pros: good value, friendly staff, nice vibe


Points +21

12 Mar 2019


Delicious food! Cozy environment, good service.

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