Owariya Shijyo-ten claims to be the oldest soba noodle shop in Kyoto, so it must be doing something right. This restaurant is steeped in a history spanning more than 500 years. Throughout this time Owariya has served its tasty noodles and more significantly its wagashi confectionary to emperors, shoguns and revered monks in the temples about Kyoto. Despite its grand history, the excellent buckwheat soba noodles served at Owariya are still very reasonably priced.
- Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm
- Location: 624, Teiammaenocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8031, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75-221-6080
Bussaracan is a Thai restaurant with a remarkable setting. It's housed in a renovated 85-year-old Kyoto-style townhouse facing the Kamogawa River. The interior is lovely with a counter made from natural chestnut wood, smoked bamboo partitions and a fireplace table made from the pillar of a 250-year-old house. Check out their interesting set meals, arranged by the experienced Thai chef. Expect Thasi classics like creamy tom yum soup and pad thai noodles. Book riverside open terrace seating because somehow the food is more delicious in the company of the Kamogawa River.
- Opening Hours: Lunch from 11.30am to 4pm. Dinner from 5pm to 10pm (closed on Wednesdays)
- Location: Shimogyo-ku
- Tel: +81 (0)75 361 4535
Food floors at Kyoto department stores
All the food floors inside department stores around Kyoto are the place to get Japanese, western and Asian prepared foods, as well as delicacies, pastries and chocolates. These are where many people go to get bento or other take-away dishes and you can even buy sake and wine. Due to the variety on offer and the enclosed spaces, sheltered from the weather, department stores are great places to grab a bit to eat in Kyoto.