"Morning" is the term for a simple breakfast set revolving around drinks and toast served at kissaten and cafes. Here are some recommended morning sets in Kyoto.
This well-established coffee shop chain was established in 1940 and now has multiple branches, mostly in Kyoto. The coffee, roasted in their own factory by craftsmen, is highly valued thanks to its great aroma and deliciousness, and they also have a great menu full of meals and sweets that go great with coffee. The main branch opens at 7:00 am, so it's a recommended place to stop by and get breakfast before a long day of sightseeing. The popular morning set is offered at the main branch, the Porta branch, Kiyomizu branch, and Hachijoguchi branch. It's called "Miyako no Choshoku" (1,380 JPY (incl. tax)), and it's offered from the branch's opening to 11:00 am. It comes with coffee or tea, a croissant, juice, eggs, a salad, and ham for a filling and nutritionally balanced meal. The ham is homemade in a German-style from a renowned meat factory. Why not spend some time having an elegant breakfast before you take a walk about town?
1. Inoda Coffee
This cafe offers a new lifestyle revolving around tea, something that has very deep roots in Japanese people's lives. Iyemon is a tea brand owned by Suntory, a famous drink company. This cafe was designed like traditional Kyoto machiya (buildings made with an architectural style that was influenced by tea culture), and it offers a huge variety of Japanese tea and a Japanese-style morning set that you can enjoy from 8:00 am - 11:00 am (last order 10:30 am). The set, called IYEMON no Asagohan (1,026 JPY (incl. tax)) includes oven-baked fish, oboro tofu (tofu curds), a small side dish, rice made on a traditional stove, and miso soup. They also have IYEMON no Ochazuke (972 JPY (incl. tax)), made with sea bream covered in salted kombu and onions. They offer tea as a welcome drink, but for an additional 151 JPY (incl. tax) you can choose something else from a menu that includes coffee or black tea. Why not spending a sophisticated morning in this fashionable, Japanese atmosphere?
2. Iyemon Salon Kyoto
This coffee production company, located mainly in Kyoto, also has coffee shops in the Kinki and Kanto areas. They also have classes and workshops aimed towards professionals about espresso machines and latte art. This company is very particular about coffee. This shop is beloved by locals, many who say that their morning set is the best. The set is very coffee shop-like, with simple toast, salad, eggs, and a drink - a breakfast you'll never get tired of. The menu changes depending on the branch, and the standard at the main branch is the atsugiri (thick) toast (630 JPY (incl. tax)). If you want something a little more filling you can order the hot dog (930 JPY (incl. tax) or the atsugiri pizza toast (880 JPY (incl. tax)) made with a lot of cheese melted on top of the toast. When you want to begin the morning with a delicious cup of coffee, this is a place to stop by. Business hours, menu, and price may be different depending on branch.
3. Ogawa Coffee
This bakery was opened in Kyoto in 1913. Their representative product is their pain de campagne Quotidian, a round French bread made with a mix of stone-ground wheat and whole rye flours. While there are some branches that are for take-out only and some with cafes, there are around 7 branches including the Laque Shijo Karasuma branch and the Sanjo Kawaramachi branch that have a morning set featuring the bread they're proud of. Their most simple offering is the toast set that's just toast and a drink for about 500 JPY, but even though it's just toast you can choose from a variety of types of bread. This is something you can only find at a bakery shop. You can really taste the deliciousness of the bread itself. They also have a soup set, bagels, croque monsieur (a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich) set, and more popular items. This morning set is highly recommended for people that love bread. (Business hours and menu may vary depending on branch)
This buffet restaurant has 3 branches in Kyoto and focuses mostly on vegetable dishes. The vegetables used are entirely from the Kyoto region and are organic and grown using compost. They are very fresh, having been picked that morning, and they are used in salads and 15 kinds of "obanzai," side-dishes that are eaten on a daily basis in Kyoto. Their morning light breakfast buffet from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, includes salad, obanzai, rice gruel called asagayu, bread, and a drink bar for 490 JPY (incl. tax). That's extremely reasonable! Every dish tastes like the season and it's all food that you can only eat because you're in Kyoto. Why not have a healthy Kyoto breakfast before you sightsee?
*Image is of Kamo's buffet.
5. Miyako Yasai Kamo
There are many restaurants where you can eat a delicious breakfast early in the morning. Have a great breakfast and go sightseeing with plenty of energy!
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