Vegans Cafe and Restaurant

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612-0029 Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Nishi Uramachi 4-chome 88, Kyoto, Japan, 61 A

An all-vegan restaurant offering food like pizza, char-grilled BBQ tofu rice bowl, miso ramen and soy milk miso ramen for noodle dishes, sweets, organic coffee and more. Has an English menu. Last order taken at 4:30 pm. Located near Fushimi Shrine at 612-0029 京都市伏見区深草西浦町4丁目88. A natural organic store also operates in the restaurant. New owner since February 2016. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Tue 11:30am-5:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:30am-5:00pm, Sat 11:30am-9:00pm, Sun 11:30am-5:00pm. Closed Wed. Irregular opening hours are notified through Facebook.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Japanese, Organic, Western

87 Reviews

First Review by lemurcat

Amazing - Edit

Excellent vegan place to eat before or after visiting the Fushimi Inari shrine. I had the BBQ tofu pita sandwich and my husband had the curry pizza. We shared a huge soy milk ice crea. Sundae - refreshing on a hot day. Staff speak enough English to understand, and menus are in English. It was a bit expensive compared to your average meal in Japan, but worth it.

Pros: All vegan options and decent variety

Cons: Expensive

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Sensational food! - Edit

The menu is so varied and everything looks so good! I decided on the soy milk ramen, which turned out to be a great choice. The serving was huge and it was so delicious. My husband had the fried tofu & rice & it was also simply delightful! Based on the 2 dishes we had, I'd definitely recommend this place is worth a visit.

Pros: Food was so tasty!, So many options, I feel like I need to go back for

Cons: A little pricy, but the serves were still decent f

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Announcement for closing due to a upcoming outdoor event - Edit

It is a quick reminder!

Thank you for your warm support all the time.

We will be closed in May, 5th, Saturday because of an event at Kyoto International Conference Center. (10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

We'll bring "special bento boxes" there that day.

You can try a little bit of some foods at vegans cafe and restaurant, so don't miss it.

We look forward to seeing your smiles there!!


Updated from previous review on 2017-11-10

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Perfect! - Edit

After a long walk through the Torii gates of Fushimi Inari my partner and I found our way to Vegans Cafe and Restaurant and had some delicious ramen and incredible char grilled tofu, finished off with some soy ice cream and chocolate sauce, amazing!

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Very nice place and good food - Edit

The place is very nice and quiet, a relief after the crowded visit at the Inari Temple. Staff is friendly. We had a Margherita pizza which was good (and regular size, not a tiny pizza like in some other places). The hummus pita was filling and delicious, just hard to digest. I had also the add set: miso soup (always good) and a salad. I did not like the salad, but it is just my personal taste (too much soy in the dressing). It’s a lovely place, recommended

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Finally a vegan restaurant in japan! - Edit

The atmosphere is so nice and also the staff is so welcoming! Unfortunately the portions are a bit small. I loved the cake and ice cream there!

Pros: all vegan, delicious, interior design

Cons: takes time, not in city center

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Yummy pizza, chill vibe! - Edit

The decor gave me a sort of Miyazaki/Ghibli film vibe for some reason. Cozy, warmly lit. Some greenery in the corner, and a small shop area towards the cash register (I bought a scone before I left). I wanted to eat more than I ordered, but I was so stuffed that I simply couldn't. I'll just have to come back some other time... This time I ordered the tofu pizza (厚揚げピザ). The sauce was amazing, bursting with flavour. I did my best but had a slice left on my plate... I ate all the toppings, though, I just left the dough as it was very filling!!! So delicious... I want to visit again... There were many more options on the menu. Pizza, doria, rice bowl...

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-20

Pros: cozy decor, natural hues, brightly lit, friendly, variety of choices (all vegan!), delicious!!!

Cons: none

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Nice, decently priced vegan food - Edit

A nice restaurant with a sort of greenhouse feeling. English menu with pictures, a variety of vegan dishes, including a huge parfait for desert.

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My fave vegan restaurant in Japan - Edit

A visit to Vegans Cafe is a must every time I’m in Japan.
If you haven’t been before then I’d recommend the ramen, I prefer the miso ramen rather than the milder version. The noodles have great texture, really delicious broth and lots of lovingly prepared vegetables. Beyond the ramen, the grilled tofu on rice is amazing - great smoky flavour - and also the teriyaki tofu & mushroom pizza is really really good. The servings are filling but if there’s room for dessert try the soft serve with black sesame. The staff are also very friendly and are great for chat, most can speak English.

Pros: Friendly staff, Cute fit out, Amazing Japanese and western style food

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Comfort food - Edit

I loved this place. Great menu with a selection of Japanese dishes and "western" dishes too. The food is particularly well made and the vibe is cafe style chill. The casserole dish was delicious! The atmosphere is not what I would call intimate but certainly fits in with a relaxed hippie aesthetic. A bunch of vegan products can be purchased too.

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Best vegan food in Japan! - Edit

I’ve tried vegan miso ramen, pizza and cheesecake there, and everything was delicious! My non-veg friends liked meals a lot too.

Pros: Delicious meals, Friendly staff , Nice location

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Amazing Ramen! - Edit

This spot is such a gem! The bowl of ramen that I had was so perfect and worth the price. I also tried the soy soft-serve that they have and was blown away. All of the staff were very kind and the atmosphere of the restaurant was very pleasant.

Pros: Great food, All vegan!, Great atmosphere

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Worth the detour - Edit

If you're going to Furimi Inari Shrine, the best you can do is take a 5-10 minute walk for lunch from the train station to this restaurant.

I tried the Tofu BBQ and it was amazingly good. The menu seems to have only delicious things. The chocolate cake dessert I had was also very good.

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Cold place, colder people - Edit

The place has NO insulation whatsoever. The heater next to me was OFF the whole time we were there. Although the food was good, we waited a very long time for it and people who arrived after us were served before us. We asked them to call us a taxi and were told to WAIT OUTSIDE in a cold windy day. Not worth the wait, nor the rudeness of the staff. I would give it zero stars but the App only lets me give 2

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Tofu BBQ Style - Edit

It was a really Nice Place who sells organic stuf in his Restaurant

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Okay food, generous portions, a bit of a wait! - Edit

We came here to eat and rest after a busy morning of walking before heading to Fushimi-inari Shrine. We were seated by a waitress but then we were forgotten about when another customer came in as he was served before us (even though we were clearly not looking through the menu). 10 minutes later we had to go up to the counter and ask to be served. I ordered the charcoal-grilled deep fried tofu rice bowl and my husband ordered the pizza curry special on a dough base. I enjoyed my meal a lot but the pizza was let down by the base, which fell to pieces and was undercooked. It was quite an expensive lunch, perhaps because the ingredients are organic.

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So delicious - Edit

Roomy yet cosy place serving amazing, huge (for Japan) pizzas, quite varied and all delicious. The dessert was amazing also. Service was incredibly friendly.

Pros: All vegan! Also had a bunch of vegan goodies for s

Cons: More expensive than other places for dinner with t

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delicious! - Edit

A little out of the way coming from Fukushima Inari, but well worth the detour. We had the Udon and the charcoal tofu -both really filling and well priced.

Pros: traditional food

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Bland flavour, very expensive - Edit

I was looking forward to this place, so I guess expectations do play in, but overall I cannot see how you could be satisfied with the flavour here. The food does look good, the portions are ample, but the dishes I had (pizza, ramen and ice cream) were bland and tasteless. Even the small local ramen-shacks I'd visited managed to produce a far more flavourful experience at a fraction of the price (and yes,, I made sure those were vegan). On the topic of the dessert, the ice cream was an odd balance between bitter and icy, also only the outermost side of the cone was actually spritzed - the inside was hollow. The only enjoyable experience here was the fruit with the ice cream, which was basically - fruit. Oh, and did I mention I paid almost 40€ for the entire ordeal?

Pros: Nice locale

Cons: Extremely expensive, Flavourless, Hollowed out dessert

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great - Edit

Huge portions, lovely atmosphere. Came here for lunch and was perfect

Pros: big portion size, lots of flavour

Cons: little pricier than some

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Best fried tofu ever! - Edit

No joke - I had the best fried tofu in my life here!
The meals seem to have sufficent sizes!
Wonderful atmosphere!
Maybe when I'll have more money one day - I'll buy a pizza here...

Pros: They have brown rice!, Organic food, Relaxed atmosphere

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A-MA-ZING - Edit

I might have had the best pita in my life (that didn't contain falafel) at this place. Mouth watering delicious. I hope I'll make it back, so I can try more things on the menu.

Pros: All vegan, Organic, English menu and English-speaking staff

Cons: Somewhat pricey

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Delicious food - Edit

Delicious food, tried the chargrilled tofu which was really tasty. Nice cafe, good portions, reasonable prices

Cons: staff not very friendly

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Best green tea soy milk shake ever - Edit

I came here after visiting Fushimi-Inari, which is only one subway station away, and had the best green tea soy milk shake ever! It was super rich & creamy.

The tofu rice bowl was also really nice, even though the sauce of the tofu was a bit on the salty side (it was fine to eat with rice). I also like that on the menu you can choose the portion sizes you want from S, M to L. One thing I find typical of Japanese restaurants is that portion sizes tend to be pretty small, so I really appreciate the fact that you can choose it by yourself here!

They also sell lots of vegan goodies in the restaurant including vegan butter. Would love to try one day!

Pros: nice food, friendly staff, great vibe

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Eat like a king, ahem, I mean an Emperor - Edit

After a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Shrine, there is not better place to grab a bite, or to stuff yourself with delicious food than this adorable little nook.
The cafe lies about 15min away by foot from the shrine and it is well worth the walk, even in the sweltering summer heat. It's not hard to find, but it is a bit camouflaged into the corner, so look left if you're coming from the shrine and turn the corner.

The cafe has a varied menu consisting of a number of interesting dishes such as casseroles, curry, pizza, etc. Following the suggestion of other reviews, we tried their miso ramen and asked for it not to be spicy. The dish came in a heaping, steaming bowl that was a challenge to finish. We were stuffed by the end of it, but it was so delicious we dared not leave a single spoonful. The ramen came with plenty of noodles as well as soy sprouts and various almost raw vegetables (not soggy) in a delicious miso broth. By far the best vegan ramen we have ever had.
We also tried their soft serve ice cream and tiramisu. The ice cream was delicious with a sweet, yet mild, vanilla type tofuish flavor. It had true soft serve ice cream texture and came bathed in a sauce of our choosing, The tiramisu was truthfully disappointing, as it did not taste at all like coffee but rather a bit sour. Not very pleasant.

Overall we greatly enjoyed our meal at Vegans Cafe and Restaurant and would undoubtedly return in the future for a delicious bowl of ramen followed by some creamy soy soft serve.

Pros: generous portions, friendly staff, delicious food

Cons: pricey, distant, very little English spoken

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Organic and delicious food, cozy and feel-good vibes, passionate staff, ethical vegan background - Edit

Vegans Cafe and Restaurant is my favorite vegan restaurant in Kyoto for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the founder of Vegans used to own a largely popular barbecue restaurant but closed it to open this instead because he didn't want to contribute to more animal suffering and environmental destruction. This is the only vegan restaurant I know of in Kyoto which was established behind these ethical reasons. Secondly, the core message behind the restaurant's model is to also encourage mindful and holistic eating which is why everything on the menu is 100 percent organic and naturally grown. The food is always fresh, flavorful and prepared with lots of care. The staff are passionate, hardworking and motivated. It took one visit to this restaurant to convince me to apply for a job here, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The journey of being part of the Vegans team has been an empowering and enlightening one, and I hope you will come visit us to experience that yourself.

Pros: Organic and delicious food, Friendly and hardworking staff, Cozy vibes

Cons: A little out of the way

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My favorite in Kyoto - Edit

I went to almost 10 végétarien/vegan restaurants in Kyoto during a trip and Vegans was my favorite.
It is a small peaceful place away from the center but popular with locals.
The good was great (I had natto, rice and a salade for 1500 yens). You can taste it was made with care.

Pros: Great dishes, Japanese and western options

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