According to local Kyotoers, Arashiyama is all very much touristy and not at all the “real” Kyoto. How ever much I loved the surroundings of Arashiyama, I took my friend’s advice and started a day of random exploring around Kawamarachi-Sanjo, part of the buzzing city centre filled with eateries, cafes, restaurants, shops, markets and department stores.
We skipped breakfast and went straight for a brunch at the Muji Cafe in Bal Kyoto, a trendy and tasteful store that gathered some of the best selectors shops around the world under one roof, from books, fashion, to lifestyle.
And Muji Cafe and Meal is THE ideal shop you would wish to live near to. It was casual, relaxed, fast, tasty and so cheap! Choose for example three dishes, plus rice and a soup, costs less than £4.50!
After the extremely satisfying meal (during which we couldn’t stop talking about the fantastic food quality and the unbelievable price), we went on to explore the rest of the store to help digest all the good food we had. (and ended up wanting to buy everything we saw)
Left the cat cafe, the day was mostly gone. We walked through alleys after alleys of market-style traditional shops, slowly heading towards one of the best dinners throughout the entire trip.
To be continued…