Japan has a strong coffee culture and you’ll find in every city and small town, there’s always a coffee shop. With these 7 coffee shops not to miss in Kyoto, you’ll have plenty of places to visit. Each one feels special as they range in size — some are tiny stalls tucked in alleys and others are the kind of places where you can hang out for the day.
We often spent mornings exploring the sights and then would meander over to a nearby coffee shop in the neighborhood. We found that most places would not open until 10 or 11 am, which was challenging when looking for a local coffee shop. Even Starbucks does not open until 10! We tried to plan our days so we could hop into these cafes and found they were a great way to rest our feet. Kyoto is a vibrant city and there is plenty to see — you’ll find these small cafes tucked in the most unassuming places. One thing to remember for the cafes in Kyoto is that, even though Japan may be modern, it is still primarily a cash-only destination. Be sure to bring cash for the coffee shops and tipping is not expected.
Planning a Trip to Kyoto? Here Are My Top Picks for the Best Hotels in Kyoto:
- The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, for the best downtown Kyoto hotel
- The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West, for the best central Kyoto hotel
- Four Seasons Kyoto, for the best Southern Higashiyama hotel
- Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso, for the best Northern Higashiyama hotel
- Hotel Kanra, for the best Kyoto Station hotel
- Suiran, for the best Arashiyama hotel
If you’re considering a trip to Kyoto, don’t miss my in-depth guide to Kyoto, my roundups of the best restaurants and the best hotels in Kyoto.
Travel Tip: Be sure to get your JR Rail Pass prior to arrival in Japan!
Check out 7 Coffee Shops Not to Miss in Kyoto
Address: 682-7 Ishifudonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8047, Japan
Address: 3-47 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan
Address: 106-6 Koyamashimouchikawaracho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, 603-8132, Japan
Address: 99-1 Enokicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0931, Japan
Address: 709-3 Uematsucho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8028, Japan
Address: 650 Seimeicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0951, Japan
Address: Japan, 〒604-8187 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Sasayacho, 445 日宝烏丸ビル 1F
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