Vegan Ramen in Kyoto

Enjoy this classic dish sans animal products

 By Victoria Kamila   Apr 25, 2016

An authentic ramen meal is an absolute must when visiting Japan. Unfortunately for vegans, this obligatory travel experience tends to be off the menu due to the fish, meat, or bone broths that ramen is traditionally prepared with. But, alas, with the growing popularity of veganism, particularly in Japan, vegans can now enjoy ramen at both entirely vegan and vegan-friendly joints throughout the country. Here are three spots to check out in Kyoto.

Morpho Cafe

You’ll want to head to this cafe with an empty stomach as their ramen dish is one of the creamiest, most filling bowls you’re likely to try. The portion is extremely generous and the noodles are thick with a slurp-friendly soft texture. Peanuts are heavily used to flavour this dish, so unfortunately if you have a nut allergy, this option is off the menu. Cash only.

Mon 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wed-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm 309 Saikachicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8242

Vegans Cafe and Restaurant

Another generously sized bowl of ramen is served at this unapologetically vegan cafe, with a choice of either soy-milk miso ramen or miso ramen. The soy-milk miso is creamy as always, with a bit of a spicy-kick that even those who claim to not be able to handle their spice will enjoy. The flavours are strong yet balanced in this dish, and I would be hard-pressed to say that it might just be the best bowl of ramen I’ve had in Japan thus far, topped off with plenty of bean sprouts, seasonal vegetables, and a block of crispy tofu. Located near Fushimi Shrine so makes for a fitting stop to grab breakfast or lunch on your way to the must-see attraction. Accepts credit cards.

Mon-Tue 11:30am-5:00pm, Thu-Sun 11:30am-5:00pm 612-0029 Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Nishi Uramachi 4-88

Mumokuteki Cafe and Foods

Mumokuteki offers a soy-milk ramen dish that can be ordered as a medium or large as a set with side dishes and brown rice, or on its own. Whilst more softly flavoured in comparison to the previous two, this dish is still delicious in its own right, by no means mild or lacking in taste. This cafe tends to quite busy during lunch and dinner time as it is centrally located, so be prepared to wait if you’re heading down during peak hours. Cash only.

Mon-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm 2F, Teramachi-dori (near Shijo Teramachi)

Written by Victoria Kamila
Japan Travel Member

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Preethu 4 months ago
Look delicious!
Odilia Djoenar a year ago
Never ending story if we talk about ramen in Japan. I wondering the broth's taste without animal products on that since we know that pork is the main of almost ramen in Japan ?
Victoria Kamila Author a year ago
I found that at these restaurants the broth's taste was still incredibly rich, making up for the lack of pork base with spices and herbs, peanuts and soy milk :)
Justin Velgus a year ago
I never tried vegan ramen! Looks yummy.
Anne Lauenroth a year ago
Those look delicious. I'll definitely have to try the soy-milk ramen. And did I read black sesame? :-)
Victoria Kamila Author a year ago
yes you did! Black sesame flavoured drinks and desserts galore in Japan :)