Doutor is the go-to option for foreign residents of Kyoto when they want a Western-style sandwich or a cheap cup of coffee.
Sometimes, no matter how much you love Japanese food, you just can’t face another bowl of noodles or rice, especially at breakfast. At times like this, the Doutor chain can be a godsend.
You’ll find these places all over Japan, particularly in or near train stations and shopping stations. Keep an eye out for the distinctive black, yellow and white sign with big English writing. They serve so-so coffee drinks, but the sandwiches are actually very good and they usually have a decent selection of pastries. And the prices are rock bottom.
Best of all, there’s a picture menu with English writing on it. This is a good option when you’ve got kids in tow who will only eat things they’re familiar with. They have smoking sections, but they’re usually well partitioned. The information here is for a popular branch in the Northern Higashiyama sightseeing district, but you’ll find these places EVERYWHERE in Kyoto and elsewhere.
Name in Japanese:
41 Okazaki-Higashitenno-cho, Sakyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
1min walk from Higashitenno-cho Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 or 100 from Kyoto Station
Official Website (Japanese)
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