A great selection of authentic traditional food e.g. snacks, sweets, pickled veggies and fresh fish, and chilled fruits! You can grab a bite on the go or stop by a cozy food stand with seats. Many local produces vary along with the seasonal change offering you the best of its time. Don't miss it. You have to give it a try. Also there are many boutique shops where you can find unique and artistic craft work for souvenirs. I like utensil stores the best. Everything is hand made and you can engrave your name on knives, scissors or graters. Very cool!
Nishiki Market is an amazing place to sample some of the local foods of Kyoto. There are more than one hundred shops and restaurants here. They sell seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties; such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. I buy three different traditional Japanese snacks and try them for the first time. They are: Gobo Tamari Zuke, or pickled burdock root; marinated in sugar and soy sauce. A Matcha based snack that has the same texture as Turkish Delight, but is coated in a fine green tea flavoured powder instead of the usual icing sugar. And finally, some Japanese cake with soy beans that has been made for approximately 150 years using the same traditional manufacturing method. I am told by the packaging that, “One piece of one piece is the cracker which I baked carefully.” Amazing.