• Vegan Vegan
    ( 5 reviews )

41 Shichiku Shimotakedonocho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Japan, 603-8412

Food is all vegan. Good ambiance though not suitable for large parties. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-6:30pm. Closed first Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Categories: Vegan, International, Japanese

5 Reviews

First Review by JesseD

Charming & Unique - Edit

Stardust is truly and experience in its own, including everything from the ambience to the table settings to the menu. Acute attention to detail is paid and the quality shows through.

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-05

Pros: Lovely food, Special atmosphere

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Gorgeously decorated interior, peaceful atmosphere - Edit

Stardust is a machiya (traditional wooden house) turned cafe that is one of the most beautifully decorated place I have ever visited. It is a good place to chill for the afternoon and get inspiration. The food can be pretty limited because you have to make a lunch reservation one day ahead but they have desserts and tea if you decide to walk in. I had the scones and coffee (which you have to purchase separately from the barista working in the cafe) which were pretty good although I find the scones a little too hard for me. I did not try the tea because I am not a tea person but they have an extensive tea menu with different types of tea around the world. Overall I would recommend this place for the aesthetic and mood.

Pros: Beautiful and artsy interior, Peaceful atmosphere, Pretty good desserts and extensive tea selection

Cons: Lunch reservations a day ahead, A little out of the way

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The most aesthetically pleasing cafe I've ever been to - Edit

The space is beautifully textured and balanced!

I had tea and scones. The scones were spicy and served with homemade orange jam and tofu cream. They were yummy.

This is the kind of space you just want to be in. So pretty and everything is just right.

Also they do advise on their website that reservations are required for lunch. Just not in English. The owner speaks great English though so don't be afraid to ring and book.

Pros: Beautiful, Tasty

Cons: Some people might prefer larger servings for the p

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Delicious food, tranquil , welcoming ambiance - Edit

We had a delicious vegan lunch (cous-cous with roasted veggies and tomato sauce) with a choice of black tea or herbal tea,(1500Y) and after , we shared a fabulous slice of raw cake (fig-grapefruit).

Stardust is in a lovely setting, a restored machiya, with a small garden space, about 15 minutes walk from the Kamigamo Shrine, or the Kyoto Botanical Garden. We requested a reservation for lunch by email, through the Stardust website link, and got a positive reply within 30 minutes. (This was the same day, so we were lucky to find a way to make a reservation with little advance planning.)

There is a small sales area at the entrance with teas, organic cotton or wool clothing and other attractive items . The friendly owner speaks English. Although there are maps on this site, on Tabelog, and directions on the cafe's website, we used GPS to find it!

Pros: Lovely decor & peaceful atmosphere, Tastefully prepared vegan dishes, Friendly staff

Cons: Might be hard to find

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Requires Reservations for Lunch - Edit

I made a special trip here, and despite not saying so on their website, found out that a reservation is needed three days in advance for a 1500 Yen lunch. They did offer some tea, but at that point I was starving so went back into Kyoto for lunch.
The place seemed very nice, and had a great vibe. If someone tries the place and finds it amazing I'll happily update or remove this review, but since there are no reviews I would suggest the short-term visitor to Kyoto to not reserve ahead and travel this far for this meal.

Pros: nice staff and interior (small shop)

Cons: reservations required (not on website), a bit far from anywhere else

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