12 July, 2022
Kyoto is a very special city. It's got the balance of old world charm mixed with modern attributes a big city offers. Temples and history, blended with natural wine bars, fashion and delicious coffee. Here are our top tips.
We stayed in this renovated machiya. It was stunning, quiet and incredibly aesthetic. A little far from the hustle of bustle of Kyoto, it was nice to dip in and out.
The Ace Hotel never get it wrong. This one in particular is playful and fun, mixed with stunning gardens, architecture and open spaces.
Part of The Shares Hotel, this one is in a super trendy area, has a yummy little cafe downstairs and crisp white sheets.
The first time we went to Clamp was about 8 years ago. It's tucked down a little alleyway and offers pour over coffee and thick cut toast.
Yozo Otsuki started Kurasu after living in Sydney. The coffee and atmosphere are top knotch. He has multiple locations in Kyoto now and worldwide. He believes in not only great coffee, but allowing his staff many opportunities to grow within Kurasu.
Good coffee and sweet treats, not to mention a very cute space to hangout in.
Natural wine from all over the globe, tick!
For the lovers of craft beer and nicely designed interiors.
A cute little bottle shop specialising in weird and wonderful natural wines from around the world.
Monk lived up to the hype. Located on the Philosopher’s Path, Monk is a tiny restaurant that specialises in woodfired sourdough pizza and vegetables, not to mention the amazing natural wine selection. We own Yoshihiro Imai’s cookbook so it was a pleasure to dine in his restaurant.
Last time we were in Kyoto we ate here and it was a charming dining experience, featuring paddock to plate style food, an excellent wine list and a peaceful little garden they pick herbs from.
Home cooked comfort food with a side of natural wine. Great for a low key night.
For all your minimal kitchenware utensils.
Kapital will have you leaving with pants so baggy you didn't know they existed. A true Japanese fashion experience.
Essence is a gallery that represents ceramic artists from all over Japan. They also make their own tea.
While D&Department have a few stores around Japan, the one in Kyoto is very special. It's located in an old temple and is filled with well designed items for the home.
BEAMS Japan is a special project where every item is based on the theme "Japan". Each items is selected from a prefecture and then turned into a Beams collaboration.
This mall is new and located under The Ace Hotel. It's filled with amazing stores such as Uka, 1LDK, Le Labo, Beams and more.