Enjoy a cup of tea at Au Temps Perdu while you look at the people walk by and listen to the murmur of the river
There is no better place to take a break close to Heian Shrine than the terrace of Au Temps Perdu; the atmosphere here is French, but you can still see the giant vermillion torii gate of Heian Shrine, plus the food and desserts here are just great, making this the ideal place to relax.
They also have a nice selection of tea, some of them such that you can only have them in Japan. Plus, of course, their cakes are also really pretty, so this place is great for afternoon tea. The feeling at their terrace is also nice and leisurely, so if you are looking for a place to contemplate the deeper things in life, this should be your first choice in the Okazaki area of Kyoto.