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Quick stop in for some coffee and a beer at 9 AM on a Monday morning. We had already wandered around the city for an hour and we like trying new local beers when we find them. The coffee was good and the music and...More
We didn’t order from the menu but chose some food from the counter in the middle. The sandwiches were tasty and the cinnamon bun and muffin were both delicious. We also had one of the best coffees we’ve had in Kyoto here. The staff were...More
This upscale gourmet food shop and cafe brought us in for breakfast — twice. It offers the best coffee I’ve had in Japan, so once I tasted the rich, flavorful brew, I knew we would return. The baked items also proved to be superb. I...More
Nice place to shop cakes and pies or just sit in the cafe and enjoy. Cakes and pies were quite good and prices were not high. Coffee was real good coffee, which even western can drink without grimace. This place can be recommended for breakfast...More
Strolling along Karasuma St, we came across this wonderful restaurant and shop. Western and Japanese food available, with large selection of teas & coffees. Indoor and outdoor seating was a surprise for a place in Japan at street level. Very elegant, but with moderate prices....More
Walking down Karasuma-dori was surprised to see a Dean & Deluca. This is an upscale market/cafe selling gourmet foods, both as take away items and for eating in house. The products are of high quality as I have witnessed living in NYC, where they started...More
This place stocks a lot of gourmet food and sauces from around Japan and some from overseas. The merchandise are pricier than average as with most gourmet specialty shops.
They have a small deli and section for bakery items that they source daily from local...More
Date of visit: March 2017
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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.