October 2022: Please note Biotei has now permanently closed. Please see our Best Vegan and Vegetarian in Kyoto page for alternatives.
Biotei is like a good vegetarian restaurant crammed into a dollhouse up a spiral staircase. Sure, it’s cramped: but the food is good.
Right smack in the middle of downtown (catty corner to the main Nakagyo-ku Cental Post Office), up a winding flight of stairs, Biotei is a vegetarian institution in Kyoto. For as long as I’ve lived in the city, my herbivorous friends have been cramming themselves into this joint for nutritious lunch sets and a generally hip atmosphere (note the messages on the walls for all sorts of interesting causes). While you can order a la carte off an English menu, most diners opt for the good value and filling set meals.
For more vegan and vegetarian choices, see our Best Vegan and Vegetarian in Kyoto page.
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2F M&I Building, 28 Umetada-cho, Higashinotouin-nishi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku
Closed Sunday, Monday and national holiday
Non-smoking area: Yes
2min walk from Karasuma Oike Station Exit 5, Tozai & Karasuma subway lines
Read customer reviews of Biotei on TripAdvisor
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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