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Morning Special

[2024] A new morning staple! Recommended Restaurant & Cafe Morning in Kyoto

The number of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy stylish morning meals is increasing in Kyoto City due to the morning activity boom. The Leaf KYOTO editorial staff recommends the following breakfast options. From popular cafes to new restaurants such as Hong Kong and Thai cuisine, we have a wide variety of unique restaurants to choose from. Wake up early and go out to start a wonderful day. (PHOTO/Takahiro Takami and Emi Masuda, TEXT/Eiko Itakura and Koto Sakurai)

1.[Original breakfast at To.

To.] launched its morning and lunch menu in January of this year. Many people come here for the tempting visuals of the open sandwiches and the cream-filled bonbonboni. Reservations are not accepted for breakfast and lunch, so feel free to visit.

Brioche with homemade ham and half-boiled egg from To.

Brioche with homemade ham and half-boiled egg 750 yen. The ham is cooked slowly at a low temperature to give it an airy finish that goes well with the brioche. Enjoy the harmony of flavors with the half-boiled egg and bagna fredda.


  • to
  • 500 Takada-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from Exit 1 of "Karasuma-Oike" subway station
  • Tel. 075-708-3720
  • Morning 8:00-10:00

2.[Taste Thai street food soup at Tom / Kuramaguchi

MOT was opened in Kyoto last May by the owner-chef of a popular Thai restaurant in Tokyo. During morning hours, the restaurant serves "TOM", a medicinal soup familiar from morning stalls in Thailand. For those who want to eat well in the morning, a set meal with hanamaki or chimaki is recommended.

MOT's Morning

Medicinal soup with spare ribs, jujube and lotus root 1,500 yen. Also recommended with handmade butterbur miso (150 yen) and jasmine rice.


  • tom
  • 409-2 Kamigoryomae-cho, Kamigoryomae-dori Karasuma Higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from Exit 1 of "Kuramaguchi" subway station
  • Tel: None
  • 8:00 - 14:00

3.[Breakfast of local Hong Kong food at CHINA TONGUE / Marutamachi

Mr. Sano, who spent many years as executive chef at a hotel in Cambodia and a restaurant group in Hong Kong, opened this Hong Kong-style dining restaurant in Marutamachi. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in three parts, the restaurant offers Hong Kong's local delicacies such as congee and shrimp wonton soup noodle soup. The bright, café-like interior makes it easy to enter for those unfamiliar with Hong Kong cuisine.

Hong Kong congee with dried scallops at CHINA TONGUE

Hong Kong congee with dried scallops 800 yen + firefly squid topping 600 yen. Dried scallops are a taste of Hong Kong, the city of dried food. Toppings include boiled chicken, deep-fried breaded oil strips, fried onions, and more. About 10 additional toppings are always available.


  • China Tang
  • August 30, 2023 open
  • 51-1 Kagamiya-cho, Muro-machi Nishiiru, Isikawa-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from exit 6 of "Marutamachi" subway station
  • Tel.070-1775-2909
  • Morning 7:30-11:00 (LO/10:30)

4.Hotel-like breakfast at "dews cafe kyoto" with morning light shining in / Jingu Marutamachi

[dews cafe kyoto is located in a quiet area near Heian Jingu Shrine and the Sosui Canal. You can enjoy hotel-like morning plates in the morning sunlight. The cafe also offers a wide variety of other morning dishes such as acai bowls and Buddha bowls, a vegan rice bowl from the West Coast of the United States, to cheer you up in the morning.

Deuce plate at dews cafe kyoto

The Deuce Plate for 2,300 yen is the restaurant's most popular menu item. It includes an omelette made with nutritious Kyoto eggs (chanotsuki), homemade roast ham, salad, campagne, soup, and a drink.

dews cafe kyoto

  • Deuce Cafe Kyouto
  • September 01, 2023 open
  • 1F Kyoto Grand Heights, 47-5 Entonbi-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 15 minutes walk from Jingu-marutamachi Station, Keihan
  • Tel. 075-752-0224
  • Morning 8:00-11:00

5.[Shallow roasted coffee and buttered toast at [Necktie Coffee] / Shimabarakuchi

Necktie Coffee, located in Shimabarakuchi, is a coffee shop opened by a couple from Blue Bottle Coffee. The store, housed in a renovated 100 year old house, gives you a sense that time is passing slowly. The morning plate with home-roasted coffee, which is mainly shallow roasted, is sure to make your day a peaceful one.

Necktie Coffee Morning Plate Set with Coffee

Morning plate set with coffee 950 yen. A plate of buttered toast, salad, egg omelet, and additive-free ham from Uji. Hot coffee of the day is a gorgeous Ethiopian

tie coffee

  • January 25, 2024 open
  • 177-5 Urakatamachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 10 minute walk from JR Tambaguchi Station
  • Tel: None
  • Morning 8:00-15:00

6.Stylish cafe where locals gather [MARTIN] / Aragamiguchi

MARTIN, with its eye-catching yellow awning, is a popular cafe in Kyoto that has many fans among the locals. The restaurant, with its white walls and wooden tables, was designed to resemble a sister's house in Portland, U.S.A. It serves pancakes, avocado toast, etc. Plates can be ordered until 2 p.m., making it a convenient place for brunch. Cash only.

MARTIN's Avocado Toast Plate

Avocado Toast Plate 1,600 yen. A wide variety of set drinks including coffee, tea, lemonade, banana juice, etc.


  • martin
  • July 23, 2023 open
  • 128 Kameyacho, Higashiiri Kawaramachi, Kojinguchi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3 minutes walk from bus stop "Kojinguchi"
    7 minutes on foot from Keihan Jingu Marutamachi Station
  • Tel: None
  • Morning ・ Brunch 9:00-14:00 (LO)

7.RONMADOR, with its gorgeous and creative doughnuts / Karasuma Gojo

Opened in November 2023, [RONMADOR] specializes in a new type of doughnut that combines doughnuts and food. Many fans enjoy the richly flavored doughnuts made with pesticide-free or organically grown vegetables and ancient flour. From 9:00 a.m., croque-monsieur-style doughnuts are offered as a morning special. It would be nice to take out and enjoy the gorgeous doughnuts while watching the Kamo River in the morning.

Morning at RONMADOR

Breakfast set includes oven-baked vegetables and soup for 1500 yen. Ancient flour 100% natural yeast bread doughnut topped with soy milk béchamel sauce, cheese and smoked fish or vegetables. Dairy-free and gluten-free available.


  • Lommador
  • November 04, 2023 open
  • 295 Sugiyacho 295 Sugiyacho, Yanagibaba-dori Matsubara-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 9 min. walk from Exit 1 of Gojo Subway Station
  • Tel: None
  • Morning 9:00-11:00 (LO/10:30)

8.Luxurious morning at a mixed juice specialty restaurant [CORNER MIX] / Nijo Castle area

[CORNER MIX is located on the north side of Nijo Castle, not far from Nijo Park where children gather. In this bright and open space, you can enjoy a hearty and luxurious morning meal from early in the morning. In addition to a choice of set drink, the set includes a Midori mixed juice, the store's signature drink, for a very satisfying set.

Morning at CORNER MIX

Grilled avocado and campagne plate for 1,870 yen. A mix of flavors from around the world in a plate. +A poached egg can be added for +150 yen.


  • corner mix
  • 950 Chikumi-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 14 min. walk from JR and Subway Nijo Sta.
  • Tel. 075-278-8647
  • Morning 8:00-11:00

9.[Pancakes created by the veteran chef of Okashi Tsukuru / Nishijin

Mr. Ito, who has worked as an Italian chef for more than 20 years, opened this café, which mainly serves sweets. The sweets, such as pancakes with a gentle, traditional flavor and expressive doughnuts made in an irregular shape on purpose, will make you happy from the morning. Opening hours change weekly, so check Instagram before visiting.

Sweets Tsukuru's Pancakes

910 yen for pancakes with a light texture, using only healthful ingredients. They are based on Chef Ito's wife's recipe.

making sweets

  • Making sweets
  • 36-2 Zuikoinmaecho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 2 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Tenjin Koen-mae"
    13 minutes walk from Kuramaguchi Subway Station
  • Tel.075-205-3878
  • Breakfast and coffee week 9:00-15:00 (LO/14:15)
    Week of snacks 10:00-15:30 (LO/14:30)

10.[Freshly made doughnuts for breakfast at Loose Kyoto / Kiyomizu-dera area

[The coffee aroma wafts through the DIY painted white space. The doughnuts, freshly dusted with millet sugar, are deliciously crispy and light with a rich wheat flavor. A sweet treat, a cup of coffee, and outstanding hospitality make for a wonderful morning.

Donuts and lattes at loose kyoto

A 550 yen latte made with medium-roasted beans that are a blend of Brazilian and Guatemalan beans that go well with the sweetness of the milk. The dough is freshly sprinkled with cane sugar and has a rich flavor of domestic wheat for 250 yen. Custard top is +100 yen

loose kyoto

  • Ruth Kyoto
  • 4-163-6 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4 minutes walk from bus stop "Shimizu-michi".
  • Tel.070-8364-3221
  • 9:00-18:00

11.Thick-sliced toast at tsumugi cafe / Kyoto Station area

The cafe [tsumugi cafe] is located about a 5-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Enjoying breakfast in an open space will make you feel like you are on a trip. There are six types of thick-sliced toast, including butter and pizza, all with visuals that will cheer you up in the morning. The popular green tea lattepresso for 700 yen, made with matcha green tea produced in Kyoto, is naturally sweet and perfect for a refreshing morning.

cheese and eggs at tsumugi cafe

[The 4cm thickness and flowing yolk add to the tension of the bread.

tsumugi cafe

  • Tsumugi Cafe
  • 684 Higashishioji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 6-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station Central Exit
  • Tel. 075-352-6400
  • Morning 9:00-14:00

12.Freshly baked bread at Hof Beckerlei Eddeger Tux, a restaurant recognized by the royal family / Okazaki

A bakery founded in Austria in 1569 and awarded the title of "royal warrant" is now in Kyoto. The pretzel, with its unique, firm texture, is delicious both as is and in sandwiches. Enjoying freshly baked bread on the terrace with the Lake Biwa Sosui running across the street will make you feel elegant from the morning.

hofbeckerei edegger tax

Sandwiches from 660 yen and up. Along with creamy melange (cafe latte) 627 yen

hofbeckerei edegger tax

  • 3-2 Seishojicho, Okazaki, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 8 minutes walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel.075-746-6875
  • 10:00-18:00

13.[Happy mood with unique French toast at koé donuts kyoto / Shinkyogoku Shijo

This doughnut specialty store is based on the concept of an interactive doughnut factory. From May 2024, a new weekday morning plate will be available. In addition, about 30 types of doughnuts are available for takeout, and seasonal doughnuts are also available, so you can choose the one that fits your mood.

Original French Toast Plate from koe donuts

Original French Toast Plate: 1,760 yen. Homemade French toast with doughnut melt dough, bacon from "Kyoto Poku" and scrambled eggs from Miyama, Kyoto.

koé donuts kyoto

  • Koe Donut Kyoto
  • 557 Nakanocho, Shinkyogoku-dori Shijo-kamiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 2 minutes walk from Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station" Exit 9
  • Tel.075-748-1162
  • Morning: Weekdays 9:00-11:00 *Close when sold out

14.[Lignum" serves open sandwiches perfect for mornings / Okazaki, Japan

The dazzling mornings suit the area, with its greenery and Sosui canal. This bakery-cafe is open from morning in such Okazaki. The morning and brunch menu features a healthy lineup of fruit sandwiches, homemade granola, and Cobb salad. Pistachio croissants and cinnamon rolls lined up by the window are also available for eat-in.

Lignum open sandwiches

Avocado and poached egg open sandwich with avocado slices on top of avocado paste, 1430 yen. The bitterness of the kale salad is also perfect for the morning. Along with medium deep roast iced coffee 660 yen.


  • lignum (Lignum lignum)
  • 1F, 36-1 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 8 minutes walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-771-1711
  • Morning 9:00-11:00 (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:00)

15.Pancakes filled with strawberries and good for beauty [Kimi to Shiromi] / Fushimi Momoyama

A restaurant specializing in egg dishes supervised by Cotelette, a popular Western-style restaurant in Fushimi Momoyama. The chef has made many prototypes of the pancakes, which are perfect for breakfast, and they are delicious even when cold, with an irresistible chewy texture. The signature dish, strawberry whip - if it comes undone, just tie it back together again - is full of strawberries and perfect for mornings when you want to replenish your vitamin intake.

You and Shiromi's Pancake

Strawberry whip - if you untie it, just tie it again - 1,500 yen. Full of whip and strawberries, very satisfying.

You and Shiromi

  • You and Shiromi
  • 563 Uoya-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 2 minutes walk from "Fushimi Momoyama Station" of Keihan
  • Tel. 075-644-6412
  • 10:00-18:00

16.French toast soaked in egg and maple at SCHOOL BUS COFFEE STOP KYOTO / Kawaramachi Marutamachi

Vintage style with the warmth of wood. As a showroom and café run by the renovation office SCHOOL BUS, it stands out even along Kawaramachi Street. Two types of morning sets are on standby: a French toast plate and avocado egg and cheese toast. Enjoy a wonderful morning with your favorite drink.

SCHOOL BUS COFFEE STOP KYOTO's French Toast Plate with Avocado Egg Cheese Toast

French toast plate for 1,300 yen. The gentle aroma of eggs and maple syrup wafts through the air.


  • School Bus Coffee Stop Kyouto
  • 244 Daimonji-cho, Kawaramachi-Dori Takeyacho Kamigami, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Jingu Marutamachi Station
  • Tel. 075-406-5002
  • Morning 9:00-11:00 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8:00)

17.[The galette at BREIZH Café KYOTO tastes like authentic Brittany.

A creperie loved in Sanjo Meitengai and relocated in 2021 to an area where one can feel the richness of nature in Higashiyama. The interior of the store has a modern Japanese atmosphere, and a tsuboniwa garden with a view of Eikando Hall. The galette, made of buckwheat flour 1001 TP3T, is baked at high temperatures, and ingredients such as eggs, ham, and mushrooms are woven into the galette, making it soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the surface.

Camembert at Bretz Cafe

Camembert 1950 yen. Specialties topped with Camembert flown in from France, Basque ham, etc.


  • Bretz Cafe Kyouto
  • 24-3 Wakaojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 15-minute walk from Subway Keage Station
  • Tel. 075-366-5161
  • Monday - Wednesday and Sunday 9:30 - 19:00
    Thursday - Saturday, national holidays, and days before holidays 9:30 - 21:00

18.Meat and bread melt together [Bread, Espresso, Kyo and] Beef cutlet sandwich / Kyoto Gosho area

A bakery café operated by the popular café Bread and Espresso. The most popular beef cutlet sandwich has bread that is as soft as the meat and has a great bite. There is also a menu that includes a set of Kyo Croque-Monsieur and Anshoku Butter Toast with a drink.

Beef cutlet sandwich with bread, espresso and kyoto

Beef cutlet sandwich for 2,300 yen. The beef cutlet made from tenderloin, a rare lean cutlet, is 1.5 cm thick and very hearty. +A drink can be added for +300 yen.

Bread, Espresso, Kyo and

  • with bread, espresso and today
  • 371 Sashimonoyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 6 minutes walk from Subway Marutamachi Station
  • Tel.075-746-2995
  • Morning 9:00-11:00
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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