Located near our hotel was Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba), a narrow street five blocks long lined with over one hundred restaurants and shops. Known to locals as “Kyoto’s pantry,” Nishiki Market is easily the best traditional food market in the city. It was fun to browse and many shops give free samples.
We enjoyed various snacks like soy milk doughnuts and soft serve ice cream at Konnamonja and crispy croquettes at Hana Yori Kiyoe.
You’ll find all the major ingredients of traditional Kyoto cuisine here: tsukemono (Japanese pickles), fresh tofu, Kyo-yasai (Kyoto vegetables), wagashi (Japanese sweets), tea, and fresh fish and shellfish. Some shops sell takeaway food like skewers of meat or fish, and a few sit down restaurants can be found too. Any foodie has to check out Nishiki Market!
(between Teramachi and Takakura)