Phalam Cafe

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Nakagyo Ward, Nishinokyo Hokuseicho, 24, Kyoto, Japan, 604-8382

Serves meat, vegan options available. Coffee cafe near Nijo station. Was originally veg but added meat in late-2016. Has a lentil burger and a vegetable plate as well a breakfast salad bowl, soy latte, and vegan desserts. Sells a small variety of take home sauces and spreads. Lots of papers and books. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Japanese, Organic, Western, Take-out, Fusion, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by Niki3000

Cosy lunch cafe with great coffee - Edit

Walking distance from Nijo Castle, veg-friendly Cafe Phalam has 2 vegan specials: combo platter or veggie burger. The menu is posted next to the register& baked goods case, where you place your order and pay in advance.

I had the combo platter, 950JPY, with rice, hearty soup, pickles , tofu omelette , potato-onion tart , salad, small dessert. Portions are small, but the food is tasty, and there is a display case of vegan baked goods, a small organic grocery section and some attractive tableware for sale. I had a gernous mug of the day's coffee (Brazilian) , bought a green tea muffin to take out and enjoyed a relaxing lunch break there.

Directions: A half block from Nijo subway station on the Tozai line, walking distance from Nijo Castle , the cafe is adjacent to a Lawson's on Senbon-dori, just past the Oike-dori intersection. You will see the wood front & large sign for the cafe next to the Lawson's parking lot, on a small side street . Note: the subway station for Nijo Castle is Nijo-jo station, one stop away.

Pros: Open on Mondays, Vegan options and desserts, Welcoming atmosphere

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Great Coffee - Edit

I went there yesterday for afternoon coffee and cake and I will be definitely coming back. The place is very close to NIjō Station/Nijō Castle, but is quiet and cozy despite the convenient location. It has friendly vibe and a small organic grocery section if you fancy buying something for later. I have to say that the coffee was simply delicious, so totally recommend going for the coffee alone. I had soy latte and a coconut-carrot cake, which was yummy as well. The cakes should be all vegan, unless stated otherwise.

Pros: Great coffee, Good location, Friendly vibe

Cons: Serves Meat

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Great hangout spot with amazing coffee and good vegan options - Edit

This has become one of my favorite spots to chill recently with its spacious, cozy interior and amazing coffee. They also have many vegan options such as the vegan patty set meal, vegan hamburgers, soy lattes, sweet treats that are all vegan except for the cream bun. The food is not mind-blowing but overall I enjoyed what I tried, especially their fresh side salad with this amazing tangy dressing and gluten free chocolate muffin.The staff are really friendly and I always have a relaxing time while I am there. It's a shame that not everything is vegan but I'm grateful that there are great options for vegans near Nijo Station. Some people mentioned that this is also a brunch spot which is fantastic because we need more vegan brunch places in Kyoto! They also have a small grocery section selling coffee related items, vegan friendly ingredients and fresh vegetables that are grown naturally with little or no pesticides for an affordable price.



Updated from previous review on 2017-07-17

Pros: Amazing coffee, fairly good food, brunch available, bright and spacious area, relaxing vibes, friendly staff

Cons: Not everything is vegan

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nice place - Edit

Vegan Vegetarian meat options available
The lentil burger was nice and so was the chocolat latte. Soy milk available

Pros: all options

Cons: could be small portions

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Great little cafe - Edit

Cute little cafe with the best coffee we've had in Kyoto. The morning set was very tasty. Would have left 5 stars if I could but Happy Cow doesn't allow it for not fully veg restaurants. I wasn't able to find a non-vegetarian option on the menu here though, possibly at lunch?

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Pleasant Cafe with Great Brunch - Edit

I've been here twice now - once for lunch a while ago, and once for breakfast quite recently, and both were nice! It's a bit of a shame that the menu isn't fully vegan, but there are still good options (including almost all of the baked goods). I would really recommend the breakfast salad bowl and soy cappuccino. The atmosphere is relaxing (someone else noted that they play nice music) with lots of space.

Updated from previous review on 2017-02-10

Pros: Relaxing atmosphere, Fresh & nutritious food, Nice staff

Cons: Not fully vegan, Inflexible about set menu changes

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Excellent combo plate + coffee - Edit

The combo plate is always very good, and so is the coffee. The combo plate contains plenty of vegetables and a nice variety of dishes, usually rice, some soup/stew, potato pie, tsukemono, salad, tofu and a little dessert.
There are few veg*n places in that area of Kyoto so it's nice to have Phalam around.

Pros: variety, good coffee

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Great place - Edit

Great vegan and none vegan meals, the menue is smal but it is enough. Good music, perfec service and very kid friendly with a changing table and toys. And it's juste next to the metro station.

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Next to Nijo station - Edit

They only had two vegetarian options for lunch - a burger and a combo plate (both were delicious). I think both could also be done vegan, but not sure. They sold a few organic and fair trade goods - and had good coffee!

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Location

Cons: Choice

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Walking distance from Nijo Station and open early - Edit

It's very difficult to find veggie restaurants/café that open as early as 8am. I'm glad they did (so that my friend and I can have a great breakfast before going to Nijo Castle). The breakfast is nice.. love the soup and bagel with coffee.. The lady speaks really good English :D

Pros: opens early and easy to find (just opposite Lawson

Cons: limited choices

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Highly recommended - Edit

Very delicious. Very cute and clean café. They speak English.

Pros: all vegan, organic, delicious and cute place

Pros: vegan, delicious , nice ambiente

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good food and convenient location - Edit

Right near Nijo station so very convenient location. The food is delicious but the desert I had was a little dry the first day. Service was great and the staff are very willing to help.

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Lovely spot - Edit

A welcome addition to the Kyoto vegetarian scene, this cafe serves a daily combination plate as well as vegetarian burgers. The combo plate set was delightful - a chickpea stew, a small slice of (purple!) potato & onion pie, brown rice, a salad containing lots of different beans, plus a small tofu side dish & some pickles. There was also a yogurt dessert but they do have vegan cakes so may be able to swap the non-vegan elements. The staff were friendly and spoke some English. The daily menu was available in English at the counter where you order.

Pros: delicious food, friendly staff, good location near JR Nijo station

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