Tentenyu Shijo-Karasuma is our favorite ramen shop in downtown Kyoto. Their chicken soup ramen is fantastic and they serve other delights like gyoza and kimchee.
Tori paitan ramen © Chris Rowthorn
On the basement floor of the Cocon Karasuma Building, right near the major Shijo-Karasuma intersection, Tentenyu is a great spot for a quick lunch when you’re downtown. It’s an outpost of the shop’s main store, which is in the Ichijoji Ramen Street.
Tentenyu entrance © Chris Rowthorn
The “tei-ban tori paitan ramen” (standard order chicken soup ramen) is the way to go here, unless you crave something like extra chashu (sliced pork). You don’t have to say the whole name – just say “tei-ban” (sounds like “tay bahn”).
The staff here are used to the occasional foreign tourist, but you’ll mostly be surrounded by local workers who know that this place is great.
Name in English:
Name in Japanese:
B1 Cocon Karasuma, 620 Suiginya-cho, Karasuma-dori-Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 600-8411
Non-smoking area: Yes
Directly connected to Shijo Station (exit 2) of Subway Karasuma Line or Karasuma Station of Hankyu Kyoto Line
Website: tentenyu.jp/shop/shijokarasuma.html (Japanese)
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