In the heart of Kyoto, where tradition and modernity coexist harmoniously, The Millennials Kyoto offers a contemporary haven for travelers. For those with a penchant for plant-based dining, the city’s burgeoning vegan culinary scene presents a delightful array of options. In this guide, we invite you to explore the top 4 staff-recommended vegan restaurants conveniently located near The Millennials Kyoto, ensuring that your dining experiences align perfectly with your eco-conscious choices. Our knowledgeable hotel staff, deeply connected to the local culture and gastronomy, have thoughtfully curated a selection of restaurants that cater to vegans and vegetarians, serving diverse and delectable plant-powered dishes. From traditional Japanese-inspired vegan cuisine to international and fusion flavors, these establishments offer a diverse range of options, all within easy reach of your accommodation. Whether you’re a traveler seeking sustainable and cruelty-free dining experiences or a local in pursuit of new vegan delights, you will enjoy these restaurants easily accessible from your accommodation at The Millennials Kyoto.
Located inside Nishiki Market, Hale provides vegan Japanese food in a traditional machiya emblematic of Kyoto with high ceilings and a small courtyard. It is a small restaurant with only one lunch set available in a quiet and cozy environment. The lunch set features a handful of different vegetarian elements, including fresh tempura, a yuba and rice porridge, pickles and fresh vegetables. Refreshing fresh red shiso juice is also available. It is only open Thursdays to Sundays from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and it is recommended to make a reservation by phone call to 075-2312516 in advance. The staff is friendly and good at speaking English, so do not worry about how to order.
Like the teamlab restaurant location in Tokyo, Vegan Ramen UZU Kyoto features teamLab’s artwork Reversible Rotation on the wall. A polished black table is placed around the artwork, allowing customers to enjoy vegan food while being surrounded by moving art with the same goal as the Tokyo location of creating a space for people to reflect on their food as they eat. The ramen is made by steeping a combination of ingredients, including Rausu kelp, Japanese shiitake mushrooms and vegetables, in water for 12 hours. The noodles are made using flour from Hokkaido and organic whole grain flour from the town of Aya in Miyazaki Prefecture, making this a dish using ingredients that span all of Japan. You should make a reservation in advance, since this is an original dining experience that is popular among locals and tourists alike.
Located three minutes walking distance from The Millennials Kyoto, Mumokuteki Cafe sells souvenirs and plants on the first floor and has a restaurant on the second floor. They strive to support the environment and local community by selling locally sourced organic food, comfortable and simple clothing and decorations, handmade utensils and well-preserved vintage furniture. Their lunch sets include brown rice, curried pumpkin, pickled potatoes, vegetables, radishes, etc. served with salad, fried plant steak with special sauce and miso soup. The highlight of the restaurants is the dessert, which features frosting made from soy milk, topped with black coffee and served with tiramisu, blueberries and strawberries.
At Veg Out you can dine while admiring a clear view of the Kamo River, making it the perfect place for breakfast and brunch. They also offer a yoga program, which requires reservations. The menu is prepared without any animal products such as fish, meat, eggs and dairy products and uses vegetables and grains grown naturally and organically with no additives or artificial seasonings in the hope that the food is safe for the mind, body and the global environment. Veg Out also serves alcoholic beverages such as biodynamic wine, Kyoto beer and Kyoto Fushimi sake. You can eat there for lunch and dinner and even do take-out orders, making it a flexible option for busy travelers.