The Nishiki food market, popularly known as Kyoto’s Kitchen, is a five-block long street market lined with hundreds of shops and restaurants. It is a bustling retail market housing Kyoto’s most popular culinary delights from seafood to sweets, pickles to sushi. It is also a paradise to buy all things kitchen and food related such as produce, knives and cookware.
The atmosphere is vibrant and the stores through the market vary in sizes – from small stalls to large two storey shops. The shops usually specialise in one particular kind of food and almost everything found and sold here is locally procured and produced. Samples are freely available to those who want to try out something before purchasing it.
Different types of restaurants line the market – from food stalls with a few stools and a bar to sit-down, semi-fancy ones. The restaurants that specialise in a particular type of food are often attached to a store selling that specialty.
The Nishiki market is soaked in history and culture with many stores belonging to the same families having been passed down generations. What started out as a wholesale district for fish, way back in 1310, has now evolved into a retail market catering to locals and tourists alike.
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