Japan / TRAVEL

D & Department / d Shokudo, Kyoto

Kyoto is bursting with culture, history, and traditional Japanese vibes. It’s like stepping into another world. The moment I reach Kyoto, I can’t wait to explore the ancient temples, stroll through the picturesque streets, and soak up all the beauty this city has to offer. And of course, I’ll be indulging in some delicious local cuisine too.

And D&Department is located in the centre of Kyoto, Bukkō-ji, also known as the “Temple of the Buddha’s Light”. Can you believe it? I mean, talk about a unique setting for a store. It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, we’re not just any shop, we’re a temple of design!” Let me tell you, the vibes in there are off the charts.

Upon entering, you’re immediately enveloped in a unique blend of tranquility and creativity. It feels like stepping into an entirely different realm, creating a truly one-of-a-kind ambiance. The juxtaposition of ancient temple architecture alongside modern design pieces is nothing short of mind-blowing. It’s as if they’re boldly challenging tradition, proclaiming, “We’re here to shake things up!” D&Department, you’ve unquestionably captivated me with your temple-infused vibes.

Despite my limited proficiency in Japanese, the store’s staff exemplifies exceptional courtesy. Their patience in guiding me through the intricacies of brewing coffee at the perfect temperature adds another layer to the overall delightful experience. It’s not just a place to shop; it’s a haven where cultural contrasts harmoniously coexist, leaving a lasting impression on anyone fortunate enough to step through its doors.

D & Department Kyoto
Address: Bukkoji Temple, 397 Takakura-dori Bukkoji Sagaru Shinkaicho
Opening Hours: 11 am – 6 pm (Closed on Wednesday)

d Shokudo

Focused on homestyle Japanese meals, the establishment offers teishoku, a type of Japanese set meal that includes a main dish, several side dishes, and typically rice. These teishoku meals are crafted with a perfect blend of flavors, textures, and colors, ensuring a delightful dining experience.

d Shokudo, it’s right next to the D&Department shop, it’s just a footstep away. It is a wonderful place for all ages, and trust me you don’t want to miss out on this. I love their simple and healthy menu, it’s like finding a hidden gem in the city. I went back the second time to try their dry curry. They serve their seasonal menu so you will be tasting something that surprises you!

For those with a sweet tooth, d Shokudo Kyoto doesn’t disappoint, offering a variety of traditional Japanese sweets like anmitsu (a bowl filled with sweet red beans, agar jelly, fruit, and sugar syrup) and soft-serve ice cream. The diverse and thoughtfully curated menu adds to the cafe’s allure, making it a must-visit for those seeking a delightful culinary journey in Kyoto.

d Shokudo
Address: 397 Shinkaicho Shimogyo-ku
Opening Hours: 11 am – 6 pm

xoxo, Angela

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