September 1, 2019
by Norika Uchida, Kanako Fukushima & Noeka Kawamura
Recently in Kyoto, the number of contemporary restaurants and bars have been increasing, not just traditional ones. If you are looking for the good place to have a good time with your girlfriends at night in the Karasuma area, this article will be useful for you. You can have a ladies’ night out while enjoying a very Japanese vibe. Also, the restaurant and bars we will introduce look cute, so they are perfect for Instagram. People will definitely give you a thumbs up on your posts. We are now going to introduce two restaurants – Awomb and Kushibashi Modan - and a bar – the Spring Valley Brewery Kyoto.
Awomb is a Japanese restaurant in Kyoto. Recently, it has been receiving a lot of attention from different kinds of people. The most popular item on their menu is teori sushi for 2,970 yen. Its appearance is appealing in a way that girls would like. They serve a plate with the sushi lined up neatly that it looks very colorful and tasty. Teori sushi is hand rolled sushi with obanzai, which means ‘Kyoto-style home cooking’. There were some vegetables, tuna, salmon, scallops, chicken, etc. in obanzai.
Making teori sushi is easy. First, pick up a sheet of seaweed and put some rice on it. Then put some obanzai of your choice on it. There are also different kinds of sauces and spices, so you can use those as well. After that, wrap it up and eat away! It is easy and fun. Its taste is like that of other Kyoto cuisine, which means it has a subtle flavor.
Awomb also offers a dessert menu as well. Items on the menu use different kinds of Japanese ingredients. I tried the white miso pudding. It was so tasty and creamy.
The design of the restaurant is based on white, which makes people feel calm. It has a relaxing atmosphere. Also, their staff was so kind to the customers. We highly recommend this place for you.
Awomb is located near Karasuma Station. You can go there on foot in 5 minutes. After you exit the station, find the MacDonalds on your left, and then go straight until you get to DEAN & DELUCA. Then you will be able to see Awomb on your left.
Address: 189 Ubaynagi-chou Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-8213, Japan
Phone number: 050-3134-3003
Lunch: 12:00-15:00 (LO 14:00) Dinner: 18:00-21:00 (LO 20:00)
Open: 7 days a week
This is a photo of Teori sushi, the most popular item on their menu for 2970 yen.
Kuchibashi Modern is one of the best hidden restaurants in Kyoto, known only to those in the know. This restaurant is located in very convenient area that is about a five-minute walk from Karasuma Station.
It is a popular restaurant in Kyoto where customers can taste a particular type of yakitori (Japanese-style skewered chicken). Among them, we recommend the tsukune (chicken meatballs), which are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It is definitely worth trying.
In addition, the restaurant has variety of chicken dishes and salad. We especially like the salad using a lot of delicious salt and the braised duck breast with mustard. The braised duck breast is very soft and it goes well with white wine.
Also the chochin is loved by many people. It looks somewhat unique, but you should still try it, as it is really delicious. The round orange things on the tip of the skewers are the immature eggs of a hen.
Fortunately, there are many kinds of alcohol at Kushibashi Modern, for example, beer, cocktails, whisky, fruit liquor, shochu (distilled rice liquor), and a lot of wine and Japanese sake that goes well with chicken dishes. So, if you like to drink you are lucky! You can enjoy delicious dishes while drinking plenty of alcohol. Of course, you can enjoy some special sweets after the last dish.
Moreover, this restaurant has relaxing atmosphere and is surrounded by warm lighting, so we felt that it is more like a stylish restaurant perfect for a ladies’ night out rather than just a standard Izakaya (Japanese-style restaurant). Ladies should definitely give Kuchibashi Modern a try.
Open: 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm (LO 11:00pm)
Address: 153-8 Nagaharacho, Shimogyo-Kku Maison Maxim 1F, Kyoto 600-8073 Kyoto Prefecture
Access: a 3-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station a 4-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
Spring Valley Brewery Kyoto
Spring Valley Brewery Kyoto (SVB Kyoto) is a bar and restaurant in Kyoto, located near the famous Nishiki Market. It’s about a 5-mintue walk from Kawaramachi station. The building is a renovated 100-year-old townhouse. Attached to it is a brewery to produce craft beer.
The most popular item on their menu is the Beer Flight for 1,300 yen. It allows customers to taste six different kinds of basic craft beer. There is also Paring Set for 2,300 yen. It is a set of six craft beers along with appetizers that are a good match for each one. So, you can enjoy a variety of craft beers and food together. Also, you don’t need to worry about money because the price is very reasonable.
In addition, the names of craft beer sold at SVB Kyoto are unique, such as After Dark and Daydream. Our recommendation is Daydream. It has the flavor of dumpling and yams. It is very delicious. There are also many other kinds of craft beers. The smells and tastes are good and the appearance is colorful. Also, people who are not experienced at drinking beer can drink happily and easily. Please find your favorite one.
You can buy SVB bottles for beer at various stores around town, as well as at the Kirin online shop DRINX. In this way, you can enjoy SVB beer in the comfort of your own home.
These are six kinds of basic craft beer and appetizers.
Address: 587-2 takamiyacho nakagyo-ku Kyoto Japan
Open: 11:00 – 23:00 (food LO 22:00, drink LO 22:30 ) Phone number 075-231-4960
Access: Hankyu Kawaramachi station walk for 5 minutes Hankyu Karasuma station walk for 7 minutes
As you can see, these three bars and restaurants are perfect for a ladies’ night out in the Karasuma area of downtown Kyoto. Karasuma is easily accessible, so you can easily go to these places after sightseeing. Enjoying nice food and alcohol after a day of sightseeing is a great way to spend wonderful time with special friends or your partner. Anyway, we are absolutely sure you can be happy and have a memorable night. We hope you have a nice ladies’ night in Kyoto.