Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan after Tokyo and one of the largest in the world with a population of more than 19 million. Osaka was once a merchant city and the center for rice trade during the Edo period. With its many region-specific dishes like okonomiyaki (a savory pancake) and takoyaki (octopus balls) and a plethora of restaurants, it is known as “Japan’s kitchen.” As a true foodie, I can say that this city is a must to visit! Find here top 7 places in Osaka.
1. Dotonbori bridge
Almost like a scene in a movie, gorging crowds and neon lights. The road is packed full of restaurants and bars and shops.
2. Eat Takoyaki
Dotonbori is a food paradise for every foodie. it also features several famous restaurants for local fare such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki! I found it to goey but hey it’s Osaka’s famous dish!
Kani Doraku is the most iconic restaurant in Osaka. No matter where you look, whether it be travel websites, travel magazines, or travel guidebooks – the giant crab that is a part of the restaurant’s signature. Being the typical tourists and foodie I had to try its food. I walked away with two nicely charcoal grilled snow crab legs in a compact plastic container and chop sticks. Not very filling, but the grilled crab meat had a wonderful smoky taste!
4. HOTEL THE FLAG Shinsaibashi
Stay in style at the HOTEL THE FLAG located right in the middle of Shinsaibashi where you can easily spend the whole day shopping! End the day with a goodnight sleep and start your new day with the most delicious breakfast!
5. Fluffly cheese cake from Rikuro Ojisan no Mise, Namba Honten
The ‘Cheesecake’ melt in your mouth. It is really good and cheap (only 588 Yen) but don’t expect a rich cheese flavour- its more like a souffle with raisins. Strongly recommend this!
Address: 3-2-28 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture
6. Candeo hotel Skyspa
Escape the neonlights and visit the Skyspa when staying at the Candeo Hotel. Located just a couple of minutes walk to Dontonburi and all of its shopping glory. The hotel is new and you can tell, everything looks and feels fresh.
7. Karaoke bar Joysound
Get the ultimate Japan feeling by entering a karaokebar. Karaoke is great for taking a break during sightseeing or for having fun at night. There are plenty of karaoke boxes with the latest technology in Kyoto. Joysound has various foreigner friendly stores with multiple language support for all tourists visiting Japan.
2-2-20 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture（Front 1F）