Morpho Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 79 reviews )
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309 Saikachicho (at Kamigyo Ward), Kyoto, Japan

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. Open Mon 11:30am-3:00pm, Mon 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wed 11:30am-3:00pm, Wed 5:00pm-9:00pm, Thu 11:30am-3:00pm, Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri 11:30am-3:00pm, Fri 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm. Opening hours are guidelines only - call ahead to confirm

Category: Vegan, Japanese, Raw, Western

Reviews (79)

First Review by Jessqi

Stunning faux fish burger - Edit

Lovely vibe inside, very cute interior. Kind English speaking owner was careful to warn us up the ramen having peanuts. Had the faux fish burger which was quite possibly the best vegan burger I've ever had. Also came with a salad and chips which seemed amazing at 900 yen. You definitely can't go wrong with this place.

Pros: Incredible faux fish burger, Very well priced, Kind staff

Cons: Very small, so easy to miss out when busy

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Wow - Edit

This little cafe fulfilled all my vegan cravings and it was the first time I had been full in Japan (after the distinct lack of vegan food in Tokyo)! The service was great and the food was delicious and crazily affordable! We sampled both burgers and my friend said her fish burger was the best vegan burger she has ever had. Nothing could beat however the banana caramel pizza which we halved for dessert and was truly scrumptious, I highly recommend it!

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great find - Edit

This completely vegan cafe has some nice things on offer for lunch. I shared a burger and cutlet/rice menu, both were really good! The owner was friendly and made sure we had water whenever we wanted. Wish they would serve the ramen for lunch as well, will have to come back for dinner!

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Recommended - Edit

I had a very good set lunch at Morpho Café. I went for a japanese option rather than the burgers and was very satisfied. It was tasteful!
The place itself is quite nice.
If you are visiting the Castle or the Imperial palace, Morpho Café should be on your itinerary.

Pros: Tasty, Atmosphere, Good value

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great vegan food - Edit

I've eaten there two times during my stay in Kyoto. Great vegan food, very delicious, best ramen of my japan vacation! Burgers are very tasty too. Great staff who understand english. Very recommanded for vegetarians and vegans.

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Finally full in Kyoto - Edit

I loved the food here! The soy cutlet plate was fantastic. I also got the chocolate cake, which is the biggest dessert I have had in Japan. The portion sizes were great for the price. Yay!

Pros: Filling, Many options, Great chocolate cake!!

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Amazing! - Edit

This cute little restaurant was absolutely delicious. We got the veggie ramen noodles and the curry noodles which both had so much flavor for being vegan. The portions were very generous, both two large bowls and even a small bowl of rice to finish the rest of the curry. We even bought a chocolate chip cookie for about $1.35 on the way out, which was also good! Prices were very reasonable, staff very kind, and overall atmosphere was very quaint and enjoyable. Highly recommend it!

Pros: Food, Staff, Good Value

Cons: none

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Awesomeness! - Edit

Vegi burger is superb!
Ramen rocks!
Happy!

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excellent - Edit

Best vegan pizza I have eaten

Ask nicely and he will serve you a mixed plate with local food that he assured me foreigners won't like but I found amazing!

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Highly recommend - Edit

Morphocafe was voted the best meal our group (including 2 non-vegetarian/vegans) had in Kyoto. The fish burger was amazing, and the others enjoyed the ramen and regular burger. We split a number of desserts among us and all were worth ordering.

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Delicious vegan food !!! - Edit

Delicious food, cozy and friendly.
Large variety of plates (ramen, pizza, burger, curry, pasta...)
Close to Nijo castle and imperial palace.
Already went lots of times. Never been disappointed.
Try also the deserts. They are awesome too ^^

Pros: plenty of plates (Japanese & Western), close to sightseeings, English menu & spoken

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Tasty - Edit

Had the ramen and curry noodles (warning: they aren't always available!). They were good, but didn't live up to the review hype.

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I'll dream about this ramen forever - Edit

As a lot of these reviews say, the ramen is amazing.
We visited this place a few times in 4 days because it was close to our hotel and the food was delicious. Wonderful service and a great decor.
I think I'll spend forever trying to replicate this ramen. A perfect winter warmer.

Pros: Ramen., Price is right, Easy enough to find

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Tasty creamy ramen - Edit

I had a tasty ramen bowl. The staff is really friendly, I recommend this place! You'll find it easily ;-)

Pros: Tasty food, good value, friendly staff

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Trip to Kyoto - Edit

After a long day of visiting some of the tourist attractions in Kyoto, my family and I had no idea what to eat for dinner. The only place open (that was also fairly cheap) was Morpho Cafe and I respect it for having so many reviews and keeping its amount of stars that it currently has at this time.

We visited a temple that was exactly 2.61 miles away from this restaurant, but it was definitely worth it. Despite the long walk and bus ride (measured by the complains of my mother) everything was delicious and my dad even likened his spaghetti to the one he bought at a supermarket (which was pretty good!). This just goes to show that "even vegan food" can taste so good!

If the sign in front of the restaurant didn't say it was vegan and the choices on the menu didn't say "vegan blah blah", I'm pretty sure any omnivore would think it's just a regular old restaurant :)

Pros: nice ambience/decorations, friendly/fast service, good food

Cons: inconvenient place

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best vegan ramen ever - Edit

i was beside myself with how amazing and unique this vegan ramen was. I have no idea what the broth base was, but it was so F-ing good! going back fo'sho!

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Excellent burger and friendly staff - Edit

I came here to have some lunch as my hotel is nearby and I tried the vegan fish burger and it was fab! All the flavors and the presentations was great.
I tried the strowberry tart also that was ok but not great.
I will come back at dinner to try the ramen that they only do dinner time.

Pros: Excellent food, Quality for money

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So Good - Edit

After hearing great things about Morpho and wanting to go for a long time, we finally made it! We tried the veggie burger, fish burger, and potato/cheese pizza, as well as an extra side salad. I was really impressed that it achieved a bit of a "junk food" vegan feel without being too oily or salty - actually everything was really fresh and flavourful. We left feeling great! I'd love to go back to try more of the menu; definitely recommend.

Pros: Great food, Lovely atmosphere, Friendly owner

Cons: The salad was mostly just cabbage

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Great place to stop - Edit

Cool little place with a Pueblo type decor theme. good food and friendly staff. would definitely go again

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just heavenly! - Edit

The food here is wonderful. The staff are also very friendly, and great at recommending dishes if you're not sure what to have. In our group, we tried varieties of noodle dishes and dinner sets, and all of us were happy with our choices. The chocolate cake is out of this world!

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great - Edit

Very cosy and soft atmosphere, i ate a noodle soup which was one of the best meals I've had. Great food, the staff had good English and good service! Absolutely a place whorty a visit while in Kyoto!

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worth to go - Edit

Burgers, salad and curry were really tasty. Nice ambience too.

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Friendly Staff Delicious Food - Edit

First of all the waiter was super friendly and helpful, one of the most friendliest we met in all of Kyoto. We tried the ramen and fish burger, the ramen was creamy, reminiscent of thai style, while the fish burger was amazingly delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone, they had a great variety of food too.

Pros: Friendly, Variety, Tasty

Cons: None

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Excellent and Varied - Edit

It's not very often that a restaurant with such a varying menu (fish burgers to ramen to ice cream parfaits) is so consistently tasty- but this one is.

They also have some yummy take away cookies and such!

Definitely in my top 5 restaurants in Japan.

Pros: Lots of items, Large portions, Affordable

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Phenomenal!!! - Edit

Burger was exquisite-- nearly ordered one to go! Definitely a must if you're in the Kyoto area

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Amazingly nice food at affordable prices - Edit

This is another exceptional restaurant that we have visited on our kyoto trip. It's easy to travel by bus after a visit from nijo castle. Just a few bus stops away. Their food is purely vegan and their vegan pizza is AMAZING. Vegans must definitely make a trip down because its def worth that little detour!

Pros: Excellent food quality, Reasonable prices

Cons: Location is not very ideal

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It's got to be my favourite cafe - Edit

Make a trip here because it's worth it. I knew it was going to be good, seeing the posts on instagrams by my fellow vegans in Japan. We wanted to try 4 dishes but could only fit in three between us. We had the cutlet dish, the vegan dish, and the burger. Each were a delight to eat and were affordable. The cafe is cosy, the staff is friendly, and their parfait is delicious and cute too. Go go go!

Pros: Delicious, Affordable, Cosy

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