The dessert that does it all at Kitten & Donuts Kyoto!
If you've got a sweet tooth like I do, sometimes it's hard to pick the dessert you feel like - because you honestly like a bit of everything. Cake or ice cream? A donut or some chocolate? Tough decisions, indeed! There's a place in Kyoto that takes a bit of the pressure of deciding away from you - it's called Kitten & Donuts, and it's located under ten minutes on foot from the fascinating Gion area (which is absolutely worth a visit when you're in the city!)
You'll be able to spot their store from a distance with their blue logo - it stands out from the surrounding street area!
So back to my original point - that sometimes it can be hard to decide what kind of sweet treat you're after. At Kitten & Donuts, the specialty is donuts combined with an ice cream cone. Take your plain old ice cream cone, add a tasty donut and top it with ice cream, and you've got a dessert that combines multiple favorites. Plus, they just look really pretty!
They have about 15 types of donuts in the store at any time, including tastes like matcha, raspberry, caramel almond and coconut amongst others. Another incredibly fun thing they do here at Kitten & Donuts is a birthday sized donut - it's 18cm in diameter and costs just a touch over 1800 yen (about $16.50 US) and could be the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion if that's why you're visiting Japan. Or honestly, it could just be a bit of fun to eat a giant sized donut with your travel companion. You can let the staff know what you want in terms of a message and toppings on it when you book - but I know what I want for my next birthday!
If you want to stop in at Kitten & Donuts on your trip to Kyoto, you can find them at 〒6048027 京都府京都市 中京区河原町通蛸薬師下る塩屋町333 (this will work if you copy and paste it into Google Maps!) and their Facebook Page is here.