(On the north side of sanjo St., east of Kawaramachi, Kyoto City)

A Long-Established Shop Selling Imported Foodstuffs

This shop is famous for its abundant stock of imported foodstuffs and Western liquors. Its history dates back Kyto residents with an interest in the novel to experience tastes of foreign culture. For a break from the usual routine of cooking for themselves, foreign students occasionally come here to buy ingredients from their home countory to cook up and enjoy with frinds.

(On the east side of Kawaramchi one block north of Shijo St., Kyoto City)

From Sweets to Liquors This Simple Shop Has Everything

At a glance, this seems like any other shop selling foodstuffs. But step inside and you'll find imported English,American, and other impoted foods lining the shelves. It has everything from sweets, like candy and chocolate, to beer snacks, like beef jerky. What's more, the back wall is lined with imported liquors, making it a convenient all-in-one stop for foreign food and drinks.

"Chugoku Hyakka"
(On the north side of Sanjo St., west of Teramachi, Kyoto City)

Dont't Miss This Chinese Store

Established 15 years ago, Chugoku Hyakka's intent forcus has always been dealing in sales of Chinese-made goods.Thus it's a shop well-known to Chinese students in Kyoto. Inside, Chinese foods like the famous pitan (fermented eggs) and specially-made shumai (steames meat dumplings),Chinese porcelain, objects d'art, and other miscellaneous items are aranged in a well-organized fashion. In particular, Chugoku Hyakka boasts a wealth of spices, and you can find some spices here that are unavailable anywhere else. We recommend this store to anyone who wants to try cooking real Chinese food.

(On the east side of Higashioji St. south of Tanaka-Satonomae, Kyoto City)

Spice Changed the World

MAKI's owner was originary a crewmember on ships traveling the North America-Australia sea routes. While working on the ships, he saw the other crew making food from their home countries, and learned by experience how to cook with a variety of ingredients and spices. This, he says, was how he got into the international foodstuffs and spice business. In the beginning, he took great pains to import foods directly so that he could get a hold of things that trading companies were still unfamiliar with. Before, many westernes came to MAKI, but recently more and more customers are students from Asia. One reason why many Middle Easterners and Southeast Asians shop here is related to ther Islamic precepts. Because Moslems are supposed to eat only meat and spices that are approved of by Allah, MAKI prints a special mark on the foods it stoks that meet with Islamic moral codes. "The students from Asia have good mannars," says MAKI's owner, throwing in a bit of PR: "Seems like our chees is the cheapest in japan." The most popular sales item here is canned tomotoes.

(On the south side of Kitaoji St. west of Shimogamo-hondori, Kyoto City)

A Cup of Real Coffee, Just \200!

The Brazilian flag flutters brilliantly in front of this cafe. In the afternoon Cafezinho is a coffee shop offering light meals, at night it becomes a bar. Its main attracts a great number of regular of this establishment is its astonishingly reasonable prices.You can get a cap of coffee here for \200! However, this cafe has self-service, meaning that after you eat and drink, you're expected to set the dishes on the ber counter yourself. Incidentally, at \350 to \500, Cafezinho's whiskey is also a great deal.

"Speak Easy"
(On the east side of Higasioji St.
just south of Kitayama, Kyoto City)

This Cool Spot's Name is a Riddle

When I first heard the name "Speak Easy," I thought it meant "talk freely." But actually, it was a secret term used in America to refer to unlicensed bars during the Prohibition (1922-1930's), when alcohol was outlawed. Accordingly, the owner, who has lived in America, designed the interior as a reproducton of a one of these unlicensed bars. Speak Easy is open from 9 in the morning until 2 the following morning. You can order from the "afternoon" menu until 7 at night, after which there is a night menu. This spot's most popular fare is the breakfasts available on the afternoon menu, which cost from \270-500. Coffee is \300, with free refills! Most of the food is foreign; the majority of the ingredients are impoted, and the dishes taste true to the original. At night, Speak Easy becomes a shot bar, with rows of bourbons lined up over the counter. The atmosphere makes you feel like Al Capone. On the weeekends, 70-80% of the customers are foreign, which may be why the Stars and Stripes are flying from the shop sign outside.

(East of the Nanzenji temple bridge, a block and a half north, Kyoto City)

Food Makes for a Smooth National Exchange

The store goes well with the smiling face of its openhearted okamisan, or proprietress. Over five years ago, foreign exchange students from the nearby Stanford Center started coming here for lunch, and so the exchange between the students and Ikkutei's okamisan naturally followed. These days, close relationships continue, as they hold hoom-cooking parties on holidays or after hours, or, conversely, the students invite the okamisan to their own parties. She explaned, "When my brother went to America to study, people were very kind. I wanted to be able to do something in return, and so I've been introducing the students to japanese food, and showing the newly arrived students around Kyoto. "She told us how students back visiting Japan after they had returned to America dropped by to say, "Mama, how are you doing?" ...this moved her so greatly that she was struck speechless.

(On the north side of Imadegawa St. west of Teramachi, Kyoto City)

For Some Reason, Foreigner Keep Coming Here

You'll be stuck by the wooden door of this restaurant, now in its 22nd year of business. The lunch and dinner menus,which change from day to day, are a bargain at only \500 to \600. On the day visited, the day's lunch was a slightly spicy Korean-style minced meat stew, with salad and bread or rice. The restaurant is divided into the first floor and second floor; just next to the entrance, the wall above the stairs is covered in meeting notices and other messages. Just ask, "Can I put up a notie?" and it's OK. The second floor is a roomy, comfortable place to enjoy reading or quiet conversation. Most of the customers are students, and, through the manager says they don't put any special effort into attracting foreign customers , for some reason they also flock to Hon'yarado in great numbers.

"Pig & Whistle"
(North of Sanjo Keihan Station, Kyoto City)

Let's Party!

The Pig & Whistle is a British style pub. Years ago in England the name meant "family lodgings", but now it has come to mean "drinking hall". The Pig & Whistle opened nine years ago. The pub naturally stocks many kinds of famous scotch whiskey, but beer is also popular. The Pig & Whistle uses an ususual, traditional English-style beer glass that bulges out at the top. Many British customers are impressed at finding a "One-Pint Glass" so far from home \500 to \650 a glass. According to the manager, some foreign customers first complain about the high price of the drinks, but once they see the price at other bars, most soon become Pig & Whistle regulars. The back of the right side has a small area for live performance. The pub can host all kinds of events, and foreign students really seems to enjoy the mini-parties like those held on Halloween and Canada Day.