The charming city of Kyoto may appear to be serene on the surface with all its Buddhist temples and gardens, but what lies beneath is a rich culinary food scene with some restaurants drawing from the past for inspiration while others experiment with contemporary flavours. Amid cobblestone alleys and geisha quarters, you’ll find every possible Japanese treat you desire and didn’t even know you could desire.
This all-day breakfast and coffee shop first gained popularity in Shibuya, Tokyo, before uprooting and moving to Kyoto. The hip and cosy interior borrows inspiration from Portland, Oregon, where the owners once spent time studying. Wood tables, natural lighting and plants make for a comfortable place to head to before a day of sightseeing. Head to the counter to order the cafe’s speciality tofu and spiced pickled vegetable sandwich, as well as a coffee, both of which will be served in mismatched ceramic dishware. While you wait for your food, roam around and admire the quirky vintage goods sprinkled around the cafe.
MeMeMe, Kamiikesucho, Kamigyo Ward, 〒602-0855 Kyoto, Japan (near Entsuji Temple); +81 75-211-5880