Nishiki Market is Kyoto’s Top Attraction for Passionate Foodies

Nishiki Market. Kyoto, Japon
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If you love eating and traveling in equal measure, trying new street foods in each new city you visit is probably one of your favorite hobbies. The culinary scene of Kyoto definitely won’t leave you disappointed, especially if you decide to visit its bustling Nishiki Market.

The epicenter of the city’s street food scene is often referred to as Kyoto’s Kitchen, and it’s not difficult to see why. With over 150 stalls, Nishiki covers five blocks, and you can find everything from fruits and veggies to fish and local delicacies during your visit.

That wasn’t always the case since Nishiki originally served as a fish market, but a lot has change four centuries after its opening. This market is now the best place to try traditional Japanese food, such as sushi and mochi, but also some pretty quirky dishes, including baby octopus and soy donuts.

Nishiki Market is impossible to miss since it’s located on the east end of Nishikikōji Street in downtown Kyoto. Most stores are open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., but they set their own opening hours. In addition to food, Nishiki offers stores with traditional arts and crafts, including hand-crafted knives and Kyō ware.