October 2022: Please note Somushi Kochaya has now permanently closed. Please see our Downtown Kyoto page for other places to eat and drink in the district.
On the west side of downtown, on Sanjo-dori, this wonderful Korean-themed teahouse is a fantastic place for a light meal or a delicious cup of tea.
Somushi Kochaya exterior – image © Chris Rowthorn
This place is totally unique: It’s a Korean-style teahouse in a city where every other teahouse is Japanese. The décor is cool, subdued and relaxing. They serve surprisingly good food, with plenty of vegetarian choices (all explained on the English menu). But, the place bills itself as a teahouse (chaya) and tea is their specialty. The tea menu, which is heavy on Chinese and Korean teas, is fascinating and there are many appealing choices. And, to top it off, they’ve got some great sweets, which change with the season.
Pumpkin porridge set – image © Chris Rowthorn
73 Mikura-cho, Sanjo-dori Karasuma-nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
3-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station Exit 6, Karasuma and Tozai subway lines
Somushi Kochaya (Japanese)
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