Morpho Cafe (Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality:  ★★★ – Good
  • Location: Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto (near Kyoto Imperial Palace)
  • Type: All Vegan
  • Hours:  Mon, Wed-Fri: Lunch 11:30-15:00, Dinner 17:00-21:00; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 11:30-21:00. Closed Tuesdays, and 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month. May close early if out of food.
  • Price: $ – Inexpensive (about ¥900 for a main dish)
  • Website: Restaurant Website, HappyCow Page

About & Location:

Morpho Cafe is a self-described “vegan & detox” cafe located in western Kyoto, just west of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.  It serves both Western & Japanese dishes, including veggie burgers, pasta, pizza, taco rice and vegetable bowls.

Address, Train Access & Contact:

  • English Address: 309 Saikachicho (Horikawa Dori Agaru), Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan 602‐8242
  • Japanese Address: 〒602‐8242 京都市上京区西堀川通中立売下る皀莢(さいかち)町309
  • Train Access: The 101 & 12 buses stop near the Horikawa & Nakadachirui Dori Intersection.
  • Phone Number: 075-432-5017

Google Map:


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Food Review:

This one will be a little short, as I didn’t eat much there.  All I got at Morpho Cafe was the Tomato Basil Katsu Burger  (¥850), which was recommended to me by some friends.  It was a bit small (as is typical of Japanese burgers), but came with a small side-salad and fries.  While not extraordinary, the burger was still quite tasty.  Because the burger was “katsu”-style, it was breaded which landed it a really interesting texture for a burger.  It had a delicious sauce, and I believe the burger bun itself was tomato-basil flavored.  Whatever it was, it was good.  It was a bit pricy for how filling it was (I could have eaten more), but it’s still worth stopping by if you have some time in Kyoto.

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Atmosphere & Service:

I got there early, and they opened promptly at 11:30.  The staff were friendly and courteous, and because I was the first customer in, my food arrived quite quickly.  I would recommend coming early, since they do warn that if they run out of food, they’ll close early.

The decor is cozy, casual and very “natural”, with wood tables and floral curtains.  There are book shelves filled with Japanese books, and overall it feels kind of like a warm living room.  It’s a bit snug and narrow towards the back, but I still enjoyed the “feel” of the place.

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