15 November, 2023
Kyoto is one of our favourite places in the world! From shrines and historical wonders, to natural wine and paddock to plate food, to some of the world’s best shops, here are the places we visited recently.
Located in the back streets, this little wine bar and café is in an old machiya house. Keeping all the original details, they’ve added a coffee bar. The vibe is peaceful and welcoming.
This place is a little far out but worth it! Delicious little snacks made with local ingredients, with a pleasant wine list. The owners were so kind.
A fancy natural wine bar with a moody atmosphere and some yummy plates of food.
If you can book Monk, I would go. He’s a wildly talented chef and it’s located on the beautiful Philosopher’s Path. He makes his own sourdough pizza in front of you.
The best ramen we had (we even went twice in one day) and the old house it’s in was incredible. You order on the machine downstairs and take your ticket up. Each seat has a draw full of spices under the tabletop.
We went for lunch and drank nice wines and ate some really yummy snacks. It’s in a shipping container.
A delightful place for lunch that serves homemade tofu and fermented food.
A lovely antique store.
This store is Beams’ project which curates items across a broad range of categories based on the keyword of "Japan". Famous and traditional brands will collaborate with Beams like soap, traditional ceramics, textile manufacturers etc.
Always a must.
A cool little kitchenware store.
A record store located upstairs in a random building. They have a good selection.
A shop just for spices.
A little antique shop.
Things to do
Ride a bike up the Philosopher's Path.
A trip to Arashiyama is always fun.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine - while it's touristy, it's pretty cool.
Kyoto University Museum - we didn't make it here, but it was on our list of places to visit.