Namba is called “Place of Kuidaore”.”Kuidaore”means it is a place where you eat until you drop.
Many kinds of restaurants are standing side by side in a row in Namba.
It might be hard for you to decide which restaurant to choose because there are so many good restaurants.
I’d like to recommend you top 5 must eat foods in Namba.
Top 5 Must Eat Foods in Namba
1.Dotonbori Akaoni/赤鬼There are many takoyaki restaurants in Dotonbori area, and I especially recommend Dotonbori Akaoni among them. There are two shops in dotonbori area.
Dotonbori Akaoni is a Takoyaki restaurant that was awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016.
This shop was introduced by Japanese & international TV program many times.
They serve a variety of unique takoyaki dishes such as takoyaki soaked in a special soup, takoyaki with Kakigori(Kakigori is a Japanese summer desert made of shaved ice),and Takoyaki with melted cheese on top.
Takoyaki with Kakigori(summer special) is a really surprise for me, they created this dish so that customers can enjoy the takoyaki even in the summer.
The recommended item is Takoyaki with melted cheese on top.
You can enjoy the perfect harmony of fluffy takoyaki and melted cheese.
They believe fresh Octopus is the crucial factor of the takakoyaki, so they use raw octopus to make takoyaki whereas most of the takoyaki shops use the boiled one.
That makes their takoyaki specially tasty.
Takoyaki of Akaoni is a must-eat food when you come to Osaka!
1)Akaoni Main Shop
Address: 1-2-3, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Location: 5 minute from Subway Midosuji-line Namba station,5 minutes from Subway Sakaisuji line or Sennichimae-line Nipponbashi station
Open Hour: 10:00 ～ 22:00
2)Akaoni Sennichimae Shop
Address: 1-3-12, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Location: 5 minute from Subway Midosuji-line Namba station,5 minutes from Subway Sakaisuji-line or Sennichimae-line Nipponbashi station
Open Hour: 12：00～22:30
Closed: Irregular holiday
This is the Osaka style okonomiyaki, they mix everything together.It is always a long line of people in front of the restaurant.I recommend you to get “Yamaimo-yaki”which is soft and tasty. English speaking staff is available.
Address: 1-4-15, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku,Osaka
Location: 3 minutes from Subway Midosuji-line Namba station,2 exit.
Open Hour: Mon-Sun 11：00～22：00
3.551 Hourai Main Store(Butaman)
Butaman is is a Japanese style steamed bun with a pork filling,It is filled with cooked ground pork and chopped vegetables.People in Osaka love Butaman,551HORAI Butaman is one of the most popular souvenir in Osaka.
Address: 3-6-3, Namba, Chuo-ku,Osaka
Location: 1 minuites from Subway Midosuji-line Namba station,11 exit.
Open Hour: Mon-Sun 11：00～22：00(L.O.21:30）
Closed: 3rd Tue.
Price:340yen for 2
New Munchen was stablished in 1971.It has been loved by locals as one of the best Karaage(Japanese deep-flied chicken) restaurant in Osaka. Karaage here is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
The combination of Karaage and Beer is just perfect!! It’s a shame that Karaage in New Muhchen is not well known for foreign tourists.
There are 2 new munchen stores in Namba. One is restaurant, and the other is a store.Only Take out menu is available at Takashimaya department store in Namba.
Address(restaurant):SWING Yoshimoto Bldg.2F 12-35,Sennichimae,Namba,Chuo-ku,Osaka
Location: 1 minute from Subway Midosuji-line Namba station
Open Hour: Mon-Sun 11：30～22：00(L.O.22:00）
Price:(Lunch) ～1000yen (Dinner) 2000～3000 yen
5.Rikuro Ojisan’s Baked Cheesecake Namba Main Store
Ever since I was a child I had had Rikuro Ojisan’s Cheese cake and knew how tasty it was! Now it became popular among foreign tourists as well. The cheesecake is so fluffy that will melt in your mouth.
Location: 2 minuites from Subway Midosuji-line Namba station
Open Hour: Mon-Sun 9:30～21:30 Riku Cafe Stand (L.O.21:00)
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