The Cafe Kyoto Nama Chocolat near Heian Shrines, offers delicious chocolate creations in a typical Japanese house. The handmade chocolates from own production are served with great attention to detail. From the interior you have a nice view in the garden behind the house.
The restaurant at Daitokuji Temple offers Buddhist food in a traditional setting. In the Daitokuji Ikkyu each group gets its own space and is served by the ladies of the house at the highest level. The dishes are hardly flavored, the ingredients should retain their own taste. All dishes are arranged like a piece of art.
The "Pontocho Street" is the old amusement district of Kyoto, with many restaurants and tea houses. The numerous Ochayas provide for cultural entertainment with geishas. In the Pontocho-dori one can get an impresion how life was like in the old capital of "Heian" (old name of Kyoto).
In Kyoto there are many small tea houses (Japanese Ochaya), in traditional Japanese architecture with a small garden in the courtyard. Here you can usually get also small dishes to eat. Anyone who wants to buy tea in a traditional shop will find it at Ryuoen.
Kyoto Katsugyu is a restaurant specialized in beef schnitzel. The beef is fried with breadcrumbs, but stays pink and juicy inside. The meat is cut from one piece and by strictly keeping the cooling chain, the beef can be consumed almost raw. This makes the meat tender and juicy. Despite the high quality of meat, the Kyoto Katsugyu is relatively cheap.
The Nishiki Market is one of Kyoto's attractions. The market is located in a long passage parallel to the main street Naramono-cho. In the Nishiki market, food products are offered and the dealers offer their delicacies directly at the covered street. You can try everything, but you should not eat while walking. The Nishiki market is suitable for a snack in between, but also for shopping souvenirs from Kyoto.
Japan is known for sushi and even though Kyoto is not at the sea, sushi is also a typical food in town. But sometimes you have to search for a while to find a sushi restaurant. In normal restaurants, sushi is expensive. For tourists who want to save some money, running sushi are a cheap alternative. These restaurants have a higher throughput and therefore a little bit cheaper. You can often find them in the covered shopping streets or at train stations. In front of good Sushi restaurants you have to queue up until you get a table.