Recently, the number of vegetarians has increased in Japan, and more and more restaurants and cafes give great attention to ingredients. My second daughter, who has serious egg and dairy allergies, can enjoy the food at ease at vegetarian restaurants because they do not use animal protein. Every dish and sweet is very tasty and here are restaurants that I highly recommend you to visit even if you are not vegetarian or have no allergies.
Mumokuteki – Perfect for Children and Babies! (Central Kyoto)
Mumokuteki Cafe is the best restaurant to enjoy vegetarian food with a baby in Kyoto! Not only are you be able to enjoy a wide variety of delicious vegan dishes, but they also have children’s chairs and a kids’ menu, as well as a family room with toys exclusively for guests with children under 6 years old, nursing rooms and rooms for changing diapers. There are a special market and miscellaneous goods on the first floor, and moms and dads who are particular about health and nature can enjoy meals and shopping with their babies and children. It’s not far from downtown Teramachi Street and Manga Museum, so please enjoy vegetarian dishes with your kids. For more information, the article about Mumokuteki Cafe is coming soon.
Mumokuteki Cafe Information
Human Forum Bld. 2F
261 Shikibu-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市中京区式部町261 ヒューマンフォーラムビル 2F
Hours： 11:30～21:00 (Last order 20:00)
Closed on Wednesday as of Nov. 2019
Apprivoiser – Cosy Place Where Your Family Can Relax (Central Kyoto)
Carefully prepared vegetarian dishes are popular in this restaurant and it is always crowded with foreigners. The shop person is fluent in English and an English menu is available. You can have breakfast as well as have meals delivered via UberEATs. (Unfortunately, it’s closed at night.) It is spacious so you can relax with your children. There are also scones and drinks to go. It is near Gion and Kiyomizu area, so how about stopping by on the way to Yasaka Shrine (see 8 Things to Do With Kids at Yasaka Jinja) and Kiyomizu Temple?
716 Uematsu-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市下京区植松町716
Open Hours: 8:00am-7:00pm
Closed on Monday
Premarché Gelateria – Vegetarian Kids and Adults are Excited by the Large Selection! (Central Kyoto)
Even my second daughter, who has egg and dairy allergies can choose from different flavors! I was surprised when I found this shop while walking around Sanjo shopping street. Next to the milk-based flavors, there were more than 20 kinds of non-milk flavors made with vegetable ingredients and about 20 types of vegan flavors without honey. We can enjoy the great taste of the ingredients themselves and feel a sense of the seasons. The concept of ice cream that is only sweet has changed because they are made from organic ingredients and without gluten or white sugar. It is also good for kids with allergies that they use a specific spoon for each flavor when scooping the gelato, which can reduce the contamination. They open at 12:00, how about going back to Nijo Castle? In the spring of 2020, a restaurant will also be open nearby.
Premarché Gelateria Information
308 Ontomo-cho Inokuma Nishiiru Sanjodori Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市中京区三条通猪熊西入御供町308
Hours: 12:00am-6:00pm (-8:00pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Closed on Wednesday and National Holidays
Musubi Cafe – Japanese Vegetarian Dishes for Families (Central Kyoto)
At this cafe, close to Minamiza theater, the vegan meals and the rice balls are delicious. How about dropping in for lunch on the way home from Yasaka Shrine (see 8 Things to Do With Kids at Yasaka Jinja)? Just a three minute walk from Gion Shijo station.
Musubi Cafe Information
1234 Miyagawasuji Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市東山区宮川筋1234
Website: http://www.musubi-cafe.jp/ (Japanese)
Shishin SAMURAI RESTAURANT Northern Kyoto – Close to Kinkakuji
Whatever you eat, it’s delicious! The photos are not vegan, but a vegan menu in English is available. It is near Kinkakuji (see 8 Things to Enjoy with Children at Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto), please stop by when you visit Kinkakuji Temple. You can feel the samurai spirit here! Reservation is recommended.
Shishin Samurai Restaurant (the second Shishin Near Kinkakuji – the Golden Temple) Information
31-16 Tenjinmori-cho Kinugasa Kita-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市北区衣笠天神森町31-16
11:00am-3:00pm (L.O.2:30pm) Lunch
5:30pm-11:00om (L.O.10:30pm) Dinner
Closed on Wednesdays & sometimes other days
AIN SOPH.Journey KYOTO Central Kyoto Close to Shinkyogoku Street and Nishiki Street
AIN SOPH. Journey Kyoto is close to Nishiki Market in a retro building over 100 years old. The seats are on the 1st and 2nd floors. This vegan restaurant doesn’t handle animal foods, including honey in the kitchen, so even my second daughter with allergies to egg-milk products could choose lunch and sweets from all selections on the menu. Looking at the world map next to the kitchen, you can see that customers are coming to this cafe not only from all over Japan but also from all over the world. They serve 3 types of hamburgers and you can add soup, salad, corn chips or fries for 300 yen each. Also, you can check the ingredients of each menu on the back of the menu. My daughter who ate a parfait for the first time was impressed! It was a wonderful cafe with a good atmosphere and they serve healthy meals. It was also nice to be able to forget about allergies and share food with the whole family. There are also branches in Ikebukuro, Ginza, and Shinjuku in Tokyo, so you can visit them when traveling to Tokyo as well.
AIN SOPH.Journey Information
538-6 Nakanomachi Shijodori-Agaru Shinkyougokudori Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市中京区新京極通四条通上る中之町538-6
12:00am-5:00pm (Last Order 4:00pm)
6:00pm-10:00pm (Last Order 9:00pm)
Organic House SALUTE – Elaborate Vegetarian Dishes for Everyone (Kyoto Station)
Organic House Salute is located 5 minutes from Kyoto Station. You can enjoy your lunch & dinner in a traditional machiya restaurant. I ordered lunch and cake, and there are over 10 types of cake! We chose strawberry tart and matcha tart, and surprisingly they tasted great like a full dairy cheesecake! We couldn’t believe that they were all made without eggs or dairy foods. The cakes melt easily, so you can take them home only in winter. Also, you can buy organic sweets and ingredients around the entrance. There are also table seats and tatami mat seats, so if you have a baby, you can have your baby lie on the tatami mat. It is close to Kyoto Station (see The Secrets of Kyoto Station from a Local Mother), but please be aware that the restaurant can be hard to find, so please check the map in advance.
Organic House Salute Information
600-31 Higashi Shiokoji-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市下京区東塩小路町600-31
To go 11:30am-7:00pm
Cafe 2:00pm-4:30pm (Sat.Sun&Holiday)
Dinner 5:00pm-7:30pm (Sat,Sun Holiday last order at 18:30 close at 19:00)
Closed on Wednesday & Thursday.
Vegan Café – Fushimi Area, Two Stops from FUSHIMI INARI shrine
Vegan Café is located in a residential area about 7-10 minutes on foot from Fujimori Station, two stops from Fushimi Inari Shrine on the Keihan line. The ramen and pizza were exquisite! You can eat healthy meals even if it is so-called junk food. You could even call them “Magical vegetable meals”! Of course, they serve traditional Japanese meal sets with rice and miso-soup sets. I felt that the taste and quantity were satisfactory and the price was the best among the other vegan restaurants. This cafe does not use refined white sugar, so the soft ice cream has a clean aftertaste and is satisfying without the feeling of guilt for having eaten sweets. There were many customers from overseas enjoying Japanese rice and miso-soup set. There were also staff members from overseas and an English menu is available. In addition to the table seats, there is also a tatami room so you can relax with your baby or kids.
Vegan Café Information
612-0029 4-88 Nishiura-cho Fukakusa Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市伏見区深草西浦町4-88
Weekdays 11:30-17:00 (L.O16:30)
Saturday 11:30-21:00 (L.O20:30)
Roba – Uji Area
It is a nice Japanese traditional house with a courtyard and nostalgic atmosphere about 5 minutes on foot from JR Uji Station. They serve Japanese meals which cherish the taste of the ingredients themselves with almost no additives, and you can feel the flow of time slowly as you enter the shop. It’s not a vegetarian-only restaurant, but vegetarian options and allergies options are available (Soup is made from fish, so please inquire in advance). Also, there are some homemade sweets like tartlets without dairy products. There are chair seats and tatami mat seats. On the day we went, one family with babies enjoyed their meals with the baby laying down on the tatami mat, and another older couple had a relaxing time sitting in a chair. On Friday, bread made from domestic flour with sake lees yeast is sold. All of the breads are delicious and taste the ingredients themselves and the dough is quite different from a commercial bakery. Please stop by when you walk around Uji (see Best 6 Spots to visit with kids at Uji in Kyoto)!
83 Ichiban Uji Uji-shi, Kyoto
(Japanese address) 京都府宇治市宇治壱番83
Hours: 11:30～14:00 LO 18:00～21:30
Closed on Tuesday, second Monday, dinner on Monday
Yamagoya – Uji Area
Like Roba, it is about a 5-minute walk from JR Uji Station, and there are special vegan dishes and desserts. For lunch, you can have brown rice with plenty of side dishes made from many different types of vegetables. I chose Indonesian soy fermented food “tempeh” as the main dish. I ordered sweet potato tart and fig tart for my daughters and they taste so great and much better than cake with dairy products. They smelled of vanilla beans and my daughters really enjoyed tarts and ate up happily. Lunch and sweets made with vegetable ingredients made us feel energized. Don’t miss this place when exploring Uji (see Best 6 Spots to visit with kids at Uji in Kyoto)!
144 Myouraku Uji Uji-shi, Kyoto
(Japanese address) 宇治市宇治妙楽144
Closed on Thursday
Vegetarian Restaurants in Kyoto
Here are nature-oriented vegetarian restaurants and cafes that I particularly like the tastes and atmospheres. Nature is wonderful! The body and mind become full of energy. Kyoto with Kids Family Tours continues to develop tours that touch nature in the suburbs of Kyoto, so be sure to join with your kids while you stay in Kyoto.