October 2022: Please note Au Temps Perdu has now permanently closed. Please see our Northern Higashiyama page for other places to eat and drink in the area.
A perfect little French café on the edge of Kyoto’s museum district (Okazaki-koen Park), there are few better places in Kyoto to sip tea and watch the world go by.
Located beside the picturesque Shirakawa Canal, Au Temps Perdu is a brilliant spot for lunch or a cuppa while exploring such nearby museums at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art or the National Museum of Modern Art. The quiche here is perfectly done and the pastries are to die for. And if you’ve had it with the sad excuse for bread that you find in most Japanese supermarkets (known locally as “shokupan”), this is the place to buy a crusty baguette or a hearty loaf of rye bread. In warm months, you can sit outside and watch the local swells promenade along the canal.
64 Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Higashiyama-ku
Closed Monday and irregular Tuesdays
Non-smoking area: Yes
10min walk from Higashiyama Station, Tozai subway line
Official Website (Japanese)
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