I headed towards the Nishiki food market which was a twenty minute walk from my hostel. It was a thin row of little shops selling cooking ingredients, fish, spices, etc. I saw a diverse crowd of people there from seemingly local housewives to tourists. I loved walking around and looking at all these alien foods. I walked till the end of the lane and found myself once again at Shijo street.
|Nishiki food market, Kyoto|
|A shop selling local snacks and sweets in Nishiki market|
There weren't many restaurants inside the main lane but there were lots scattered just outside the area. So I chose to eat at a ramen place with a long line in front of it. It was called Ippudo and undoubtedly served the best ramen I'd ever had. The restaurant was really cute with a pleasant, lively atmosphere and friendly staff.
|Inside Ippudo, a popular ramen restaurant. The decor was very well done and the restaurant played peppy music to add to the liveliness of its chatty customers.|
|Below the chairs at the ramen restaurant,t here were baskets where you could place your bags and carry items. Neat, isn't it?|
|Ippudo's original Tonkotsu broth (pork bone) with Hakata style ramen (one of the many types of ramen)|
After lunch I walked back towards my hostel, stopping by at a beautiful temple and Kyoto museum.
I got back to my hostel around 4 p.m. To my surprise, I met an NUS student from Singapore there and spoke to him for some time before collecting my luggage and heading to the train station, from where I went to Nara.