One of the top things to do in Kyoto is to visit the Nishiki Market, especially if you’re a foodie. It’s a magical wonderland of mysterious things fermenting in tubs, all the seafood you can dream of, and lots and lots of pickles. As we are getting scarily close to Christmas, we also think it is a great place to buy presents for your loved ones.
ALL THE FOOD
Nishiki Market has all the fermented vegetables you could ever want; they also sell them vacuum packed to take home. Perfect for your adventurous foodie friend.
One of the fantastic things about Japan is their love for pickles – I’m pretty sure they have tried to pickle everything under the sun, most of which you can buy at Nishiki Market. They have tasters of each pickle they sell so you can try before you buy, which is extremely helpful as I wouldn’t know where to start!
Nishiki Market has a vast array of seafood which you can eat there and then – a great fresh snack. We recommend trying the sea urchin or uni as its called in Japan, or the baby octopus.
A perfect Japanese gift to bring back is katsuobushi or bonito flakes. These shavings from dried fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna/bonito. They have a beautiful umami flavour, and the Japanese put them on just about anything.
A snack we just couldn’t resist was the rolled omelette. I don’t know how they do it, but it is the tastiest, smoothest, softest damn omelette we have ever tried!
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Nishiki Market is a must visit if you are in Kyoto, it still has the vibe of a traditional market, and their selection of food is fantastic. It’s a perfect place to get unique gifts but even if you are not shopping it’s a great place to experience.
See our reviews of restaurants we visited in Japan.