Salon de thé François


Restaurants & Cafés


This tea salon dates from 1934, back when Kyoto was a centre of left-wing, anti-war politics. It was a gathering place for leading literati and philosophers, including author Osamu Dazai, and funnelled money to the then-banned Japan Communist Party. These days it has a nostalgic appeal, with an interior last revamped in 1941.

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Review updated October 2009


Nishi-kiyamachi Dori, Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Gion Shijo station (Keihan line), Kawaramachi station (Hankyu line).

Telephone 075 351 4042

Open 10am-11pm daily.

Admission ¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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