Arguably the best and hippest café in all of Kyoto, Prinz café is well worth the long trip to get there, especially if you have a bicycle.
Packing an art gallery, bookshop, garden and a library behind a minimalist façade, Prinz café in the northeast of the city is so cool it’s almost a destination in its own right. It’s a great place for a drink or a light meal while up in this end of town. If you’re exploring temples in the northeast of town like Manshu-in Temple and Shisen-do Temple and have a bike to get around on, this would make the perfect lunch stop. Our only question: How did this island of hipness wind up in an otherwise non-descript residential neighborhood?
5 Tanakatakahara-cho, Sakyo-ku
Cheap (Café) ~ Moderate (Restaurant)
Non-smoking area: Yes
2min walk from Chayama Station, Eizan line
Official website (Japanese)
Read customer reviews of Prinz 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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