Shinshindo is a Kyoto bakery chain, and I cannot believe Tokyo doesn't have it. It's a bakery but also cafe, and I fell in love with their morning sets: eggs, toast and unlimited coffee, just like back home. I've tried countless brunch spots in Tokyo, still nowhere matches the simple, affordable and tasty fare offered at Shinshindo. The breakfast sets are priced around ¥600, which is about a third of the price of what's found in Tokyo. Oh, I miss Shinshindo so much already!
|Breakfast at Shinshindo|
|Takeout bakery items|
Hello is another local cafe, which doubles as a library and even hosts its own adjacent bakery. Their cappuccino is excellent, and they have a long menu of smoothies and juices. You can eat meals there too, and they even have cupcakes. I love the atmosphere, it's quiet and you can pick any book from the vast library. You can easily find this cafe as they have giant banana leaves on the outside.
|Hello cafe, books and coffee|
|Mango and mint smoothie + cupcake|
|Half eaten scone set at Second House|
|Windows with a great view of Kyoto|
Mumoteki is a cafe and clothing/goods shops all in one. Everything they serve is vegetarian (and perhaps vegan), much like my other favourite Kyoto cafe Proverbs 15:17, which is located near Kyoto University. Mumoteki was very similar, serving Japanese cuisine with a twist. I had miso katsu, which was fully vegetarian. The cafe was fully packed even on a weekday, and I'm still dreaming about that meal.
|Mumoteki lunch set|
Sunshine Cafe is another vegetarian spot- I'm not a vegetarian at all, but I love the cuisine. It's located right in the shopping arcade on a second floor, and has a bit of a hippie, bohemian vibe to it. I tried the roasted tofu on toast with a salad, and again the whole menu was delicious, healthy and affordable. They also serve a large selection of teas, and you can buy their coffee beans. All ingredients are 100% natural.
|Tofu on toast, who would have thought.|
|What a nerd.|
Cafe Independants is like a French cafe- it's located in the basement of a building that used to host a newspaper back in the days, and it's dimly lit with large tables and an artsy vibe. The menu is izakaya-style, which means bits and pieces you can order to form a meal. They have a large selection of drinks, cocktails and even sweets, it's open late and it's a good place to find out more about the local art and music scene in Kyoto, if you live there. I highly recommend the salad niçoise and quiche.
|Hearty salad at Cafe Independants|
Let's just say I didn't set foot in Starbucks for ten days.