Early morning cafes in Kyoto
Last updated: 2022/05/21
Goodmorning! Or as they say in Japan, Ohayou Gozaimasu.
Kyoto is a wonderful city to explore but since it’s sightseeing spots and cafes are extremely popular it tends to get crowded quick! Which means you’re gonna have to wake up earlier to beat the crowd.
Here is our list of early morning cafes in Kyoto.
Disclaimer: We regularly review the opening hours on the cafe’s official website or instagram and adjust this page. However we still recommend confirming the opening hours on the cafe’s official website or instagram before visiting.
Open from 07:00 AM
Coffee & wine Ushiro, Karasuma-Oike
Ushiro coffee and wine is a café located inside the Tsugu Share hotels on a walking distance from Karasuma Oike station.
The entrance of the café is quite special as you have to pass through some sort of clothing rack inside the lobby of the hotel. Inside you will find a unique dimly lit interior that combines industrial, urban with a Japanese style interior. It’s a spacious interior that has a variations of seats.
Besides delicious coffee, the cafe offers delicious sweets for breakfast or delicious lunch.
It’s a unique café in the middle of Kyoto that opens early in the morning that deserves a visit.
Astrea Coffee, Omiya
On a ten minute walk from Karasuma line’s Gojo station is the peaceful café ‘Astrea Coffee’. The café is located on a corner in a quiet neighborhood and is easily recognizable by its stylish blue and white stucco exterior.
The interior is quite spacious however there are only a limited number of seats, two small tables and a counter area with some chairs. For breakfast Astrea Coffee serves some wonderful hot sandwiches and delicious coffee or hot chocolate. It’s the ideal place to start your morning peacefully.
WEEKENDERS COFFEE TOMINOKOJI, Karasuma
Weekenders Coffee Tominokoji is a small Japanese style coffee specialty shop located in the back of a big parking lot that opens at the crack of dawn.
KeFu stay & lounge, Nishijin
‘KeFu stay & lounge’ is a stylish hotel and café combined, located in North Kyoto’s Nishijin district which is famous for it’s textile industry. It’s located right in the middle of Kitanohakubaicho Station and Imadegawa station, however it still takes about 20 minutes on foot from either station.
Open from 08:00 AM
Lignum is a stylish café with a great and delicious menu that opens 08 AM in the morning, but we recommend contacting the café before your visit as they don’t announce their random holidays on their social networks.
Kawama Cafe, Kiyomizu Gojo
Kawama is a trendy café in Kyoto’s Shimogyo ward that is situated along the Kamo River. It’s a spacious cafe with lounge sofas in the back. When the weather is good and warmer, they will open the doors in the back and you can enjoy the fresh air and view over the Kamo river.
Koe Donuts, Kawaramachi
Koe Donuts is a stylish Donut shop designed by the famous Kengu Kuma near Kawaramachi station.
Enjoy freshly baked donuts and eat them, fork and knife style.
“Organic” “Natural origin” “Local production for local consumption” The keywords for the donut shop that is particular about organic products that are friendly for the global environment.
The interior of the store has an impact using a basket made of bamboo from Arashiyama, Kyoto. The design is done by Kengo Kuma, who is world-famous.
The interior is very spacious and definitely an instagrammable point.
At the store, koé donuts original goods designed by illustrator Yu Nagaba are also on sale. Also pay attention to the cute illustrations that you will want to pick up.
Radio Bagel, Kitaward
In the Northern part of Kyoto on a 10 minute walk from Kitayama station is this lovely little cafe/bakery called ‘Radio Bagel’ which as the name already says specializes in bagels.
Radio Bagel offers many different flavored bagels including: “Fig, Onion, Spinach etc”. On top of that you can also select from a variety of toppings.
Radio Bagel’s interior is simple with a few small tables and a bench on the side and an open space in the middle. The walls are teal colored and the floor has a lovely tilepattern which gives the shop a kind of tropical feel.
Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden, Arashiyama
What is better than eating bread? Well, eating bread in a Japanese garden. Which is the concept of the following cafe. ‘Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden’.
‘Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden’ is a bakery and cafe located deep in Arashiyama area on a 5 minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station and/or a 10 minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama station.
It’s one of nine ‘Bread, Espresso’s branches and one of the most beautiful ones.
‘Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden’ consists of a bakery/shop and a separate cafe/seating area with a large Japanese style garden in between. So you buy something at the cafe and then walk through the beautiful garden towards the cafe where you can enjoy your purchase.
Kurasu, Kyoto Station
Kurasu is a small coffeestand/cafe with really friendly and cheerful staff located on a 5 minute walk from Kyoto station.
The café is located in a small building right across a 711 between large office buildings.
The café has a simple design with modern and industrial style elements. For customers there is a long counter that spans from the entrance to the back of the café. Part of the counter has a view outside so customers can watch people passing by while enjoying their coffee.
Kurasu has a selection of handdrip coffees and espressos but for non-coffee drinkers they also have tea, hot chocolate, chai, hojicha latte and ginger ale.
Besides drinks they also sell bagels and cookies.
Lower East Nine Cafe, Kujo Station
Lower East Nine is a spacious and stylish cafe next to Kujo station and on a walking distance from Tofukuji. It sells delicious sandwiches and toasts for breakfast and is a great place to slowly start your morning.
Common is a great and stylish café that opens early in the morning with super friendly staff that serves delicious coffee in beautiful Japanese ceramics. It’s a great place to start your day.