14 Kyoto Restaurants With Extensive Vegetarian Menus

Check out these popular Kyoto restaurants with extensive vegetarian menus! You will be able to enjoy dishes that make use of seasonal, healthy vegetables at all of these restaurants. Be sure to visit if you are in Kyoto!


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1. Mumokuteki Cafe & Foods

The cafe uses organic produce from nearby farmers and avoids any artificial flavorings, so their food is really wholesome and good for the body. They also use many seasonal vegetables, so you will be able to experience the different seasons through each dish. Pregnant women can opt for caffeine-free tanpopo (dandelion) coffee or all-natural, additive-free fruit juices. Other items like their low-calorie Miso Cutlet Plate are also recommended.

2. Cosy Cafe

Focusing on organic and fair trade ingredients, Cosy Cafe is a place where you can savor dishes that are both delicious and healthy at the same time. Since it's a cafe located inside a yoga studio, they serve handmade quiches and cake salé as main dishes for lunch. It's a calm environment where you can enjoy a quiet meal.

*This place has closed down.

3. Vegans Cafe and Restaurant

Vegans Cafe and Restaurant serves an authentic Yakiniku-don (grilled meat rice bowl) using soy to create this 100% vegetarian version of the dish. It's said that you'll become addicted if you try it once. The inside of the restaurant is comfortable, and they even play relaxing music to create a unique atmosphere. They don't use meat, fish, egg, dairy products or chemically processed ingredients. Instead, they focus on using brown rice, and they try to always use vegetables that were naturally cultivated or organically grown. Their menu is filled with dishes that highlight the natural taste of every ingredient.

4. Morpho Café

Morpho Café places importance on bringing out the natural flavors of the ingredients in a dish. Here, no animal products are used. The soy meat burger is not only good for your body, but it's also reasonably priced at 850 yen, and comes with fries and salad. Enjoy your meal in this calm and relaxing atmosphere!

5. Sunny Place

Sunny Place serves healthy Obanzai (Kyoto-style home cooking) dishes. Their Obanzai set comes with boiled or stir-fried dishes with plenty of vegetables, along with black rice and soup. It's popular for being a generous meal that's also nutritious. The homemade dairy-free cakes are also highly recommend.

6. Mamezen

Mamezen is a restaurant specializing in Kyoto Soy Milk Ramen. The Mamezen Soba is a noodle dish with thick soy milk broth. It's served as a set with Yuba no Ankake-don (rice topped with bean curd skin and starchy sauce) and pickles. Other noodle dishes with healthy ingredients such as Chlorella Soy Milk Ramen and Soy Meat Tantan-style Soy Milk Ramen can be enjoyed in this trendy restaurant.

7. Falafel Garden

Taste traditional Israeli fare at the Falafel Garden. Pita sandwiches are a healthy food that is famous all over the world. The herbs that they use are from the restaurant's own garden, and the spices are imported from Israel. Almost everything - from the pita sandwiches to the chicken kebabs, sesame sauce and dressings - are homemade. You can look forward to getting authentic Israeli food at reasonable prices here.

8. Biotei

Pesticide-free or reduced-pesticide vegetables that are in season, along with additive-free seasonings, are used in the natural and delectable dishes served at Biotei. They offer daily set menus, so even if you head there every day, you'll still be able to enjoy healthy and delicious meals without getting sick of the food.

9. Ajiro

This is a restaurant that is recognized for its Kyoto Kaiseki-style food. Ajiro is a Michelin 1-star restaurant that's full of history and tradition. Having been in business since Showa 37 (1962), the restaurant uses carefully selected seasonal vegetables to create the numerous gourmet dishes that it offers. You can also experience the Zen-like atmosphere in the restaurant.

10. Cafe Matsuontoko

Cafe Matsuontoko is a place where you can dine on healthy dishes made with Kyoto vegetables. The pride of the restaurant is their Vegan Burger Set. The burger comes with potato salad and a drink. The setting is relaxed, so you can chill and enjoy the numerous dishes on the menu that feature fresh vegetables.

11. Indo Shokudo Tadka

Indo Shokudo Tadka is popular as a place where people can sample authentic South Indian food. The restaurant's Japanese chef arranges the authentic Indian curry in a way that's easy for Japanese people to eat, so it's especially popular with the customers. Many different spices are blended together to make this curry. It is full of vegetables, so it's really healthy and delicious. At lunch, you'll be able to get 3 types of vegetable curry with rice, roti (Indian bread), salad and pakora (Indian vegetable fritter). 

12. Vege Café & Dining Tosca

Come here for some homemade dishes that feature lovely seasonal ingredients. Vege Café & Dining Tosca offers a menu that's meat-free and full of vegetables. At lunch, you can pick from either brown rice or semi-polished rice. Since it's a restaurant where you can enjoy a wide variety of healthy dishes, it's extremely popular among women!

*This place has closed down.

13. Organic House Salute Kyoto

Organic House Salute Kyoto is the right place to go if you're looking to get some delicious and healthy dishes that feature fresh organic vegetables. The wooden furnishings inside the restaurant create a calm atmosphere. The lunch-only Veggie Lunch Set and the Veggie Curry Set are healthy and come in generous servings! Their menu is sure to satisfy you.

14. Miyakoyasai Kamo Shijo Karasuma Main Outlet

If you fancy eating your fill of vegetables that are harvested and cooked on the same day, then you should make your way to Miyakoyasai Kamo Shijo Karasuma Main Outlet. You'll be able to enjoy all-you-can-eat dishes made from Miyakoyasai (Kyoto-produced organic, pesticide-free or reduced-pesticide produce). You can enjoy healthy meals for breakfast that start from 500 yen, so it's extremely popular and full of customers even in the morning!

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