Japan Kyoto is the perfect mix of traditional and modern, here is our 48 HOUR guide on the whimsical city.
Japan Kyoto the third and final stop on our trip to Japan. Coined the most traditional of all Japanese cities, but tarnished by tourists ( well I was one of them!).
Despite the influx of tourists, there are some magical places in Kyoto, and also some delicious ones.
On arrival, we set out to find what ended up being one of my favourite cafes of the trip. Kyoto has a great cafe culture which I had been yearning for since arriving in Japan and in cafe bibliotic hello! I found exactly what I was looking for. A gorgeous mix of bakery, gallery and endless books to pour yourself over, the cafe has high loft ceilings and jazz tunes floating throughout, I had an apple mango tart, which melted in the mouth and put a smile on my face. My boyfriend had a BLT with a beer (ofcourse!) and he happily ate the crusts!
But it wasn't all smiles, there was one night where we got caught up in the tourist trap that was Kyoto. Undercooked Yakitori that made us feel glum and expensive small portioned food.
My tip is to avoid the main drag where possible, and don't get caught up in the excitement of traditionally dressed Japanese girls. I know it's hard! We learnt our lesson quickly and went on to find some more divine eats.
Yakitori was something we hadn't eaten yet and we were keen to get our hands on some chicken. We found a great place called Yakitori Torisee , we got the banquet on the menu and cold sake. Needless to say we were full of the soft and tender chicken, and the service was notably excellent.
One morning I got up extra early and ventured for some early coffee - I found this great cafe in the Teramachi shopping arcade called Smart Coffee, and smart it was indeed.
Established in 1932 it has a grandeur feel about it and yet the food is so simple and for lack of a better word, smart! I ordered the hot cakes and a black coffee the next half an hour was filled with happiness. The great thing about this place is that it is open from 8am which is quite rare for most stores in Kyoto - it's nice to enjoy the quiet for a little while before the city erupts for another day of work.
Other delicious breakfast delights that Smart offers are, French toast & western style sandwiches.
Our last day in Kyoto we ventured to Kyoto station, a stunning view from the top and the foodhall has a whole floor dedicated to ramen! We couldn't say no to another dish of the broth noodles. Pork on the side and endless toppings added, beer was of course a mandate with this dish!
And, as if we hadn't eaten enough throughout the 2 weeks of our trip we found a great night cafe, Cafe Independants which had spanish tapas on the menu.
We enjoyed spanish tortilla, baguette with chorizo, green salad and a little too much wine.
A perfect way to end the trip!