The 10 Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Osaka, Japan
Osaka may be a foodie’s paradise but it can be surprisingly hard trying to find decent restaurants that open early enough to serve breakfast in the city. We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up our 10 favorites.
As all late risers and fans of breakfast food know all day breakfast is the best. Eggs n Things, located centrally in Shinsaibashi, has a great selection of typical breakfast foods, including pancakes, bacon, and eggs. While many Japanese restaurants serve small portions of food, at Eggs n Things the portion sizes are closer to what Westerners are used to. Enjoy your meal on the outdoor terrace or indoors surrounded by greenery. Address: 2-10-2 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka Osaka, +81-6-6214-6214
The City Bakery
Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastelaria, Dessert, $$$
This urban chic bakery is located in Grand Front Osaka, the shopping mall connected to the Osaka station. It serves croissants, sandwiches and muffins all freshly baked each day. For breakfast, they have sets that include French toast, eggs, bacon, a small salad, and a drink, making for a hearty breakfast. With its early opening hours and convenient location, The City Bakery is a great place for breakfast before heading out for the day.
If you want to try a traditional Japanese breakfast, visit Nakanoshima Nadaman, a kaiseki restaurant located near the Osaka Science Museum. Kaiseki is a kind of Japanese cuisine, known for its use of natural ingredients without added flavours and meticulous presentation of the food. The menu changes according to ingredients available each season. Usually the breakfast set consists of rice porridge, grilled fish, and a variety of side dishes.
While Osaka has no shortage of excellent coffee places, it doesn’t have too many options for those who prefer to start their day with tea. Ceylon Tea & Bread is a specialist shop that caters to tea lovers. They import tea leaves from Sri Lanka and most of their sets come with a complimentary pot of tea, while other varieties of tea are also available on the menu. For food they mostly serve homemade bread, which is baked daily. Address: 4-7-29 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, +81-06-6355-4800
West Wood Bakers
Bakery, Cafe, Pastries, American, $$$
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With a warm ambiance and wooden furnishings, this cozy cafe is sure to make you feel at home. They serve typical Western brunch items, with choices including omelets, pancakes, and eggs. Located in the international community of Horie, West Wood Bakers has an English menu. Their bilingual staff can also communicate well in English, catering to the international customers drawn in by their delicious breakfast sets.
Located in Namba, Brothers Cafeteria is a stylish pancake house that serves Japan’s take on American pancakes. They are light and fluffy, rather than the heavy, savoury pancakes Westerners are used to. They are served with a variety of ingredients, from dessert toppings like ice cream and berries, to teriyaki chicken and salad. If you’re an adventurous eater try combinations like salmon and cheese. Those seeking more typical breakfast and brunch fare can choose the plain pancakes served with butter, syrup and cream.
Housed in a bright yellow corner building reminiscent of a French bistro, Creperie Alcyon is a French-themed café that specialises in crêpes and galettes. While they have classic crêpe filling such as chocolate or berries, their menu also has unique, locally flavored items. The “Bracken” crepe has fillings of mochi and red beans for a thoroughly Japanese take on the French dessert. Stop by for a late brunch before heading to nearby Dotonbori for a day of sightseeing and shopping.
Granknot Coffee has developed a reputation for the dedication and sincerity they put into making each cup of coffee. The cafe serves various baked goods throughout the day, including their signature French toast. It is beautifully presented, dusted with sugar and topped off with cream and butter.
A small-scale, family-run restaurant, Kasmaage Udon Ikki may be a little out of the way of normal tourist spots, but being close to Tennoji Park it is worth the visit. It has a classic Japanese-styled decor of wooden furnishings and counter seats. This little shop specialises udon noodles served in piping hot soup with various accompanying ingredients such as beef and vegetables. This is a great spot if you want a taste of what the locals eat for breakfast. Address: 1-6-10 Minamibiraki, Nishinari-ku, Osaka, +81 6-6568-1919
With its relaxing armchairs, paper lanterns and wide floor-to-ceiling windows, this ambient cafe feels like a mix between a cosy urban coffee shop and a chill south-east Asian restaurant. It serves Western food, especially breakfast and brunch fare, such as pancakes, eggs Benedict, wraps, and quiches. It has a regular breakfast menu on weekdays, as well as a brunch menu on weekends. Micasadeco & Café is also a design shop, selling trinkets such as picture frames, jewelry boxes, and pillows. This is a great place to start your shopping while filling up on a weekend brunch, before heading off to nearby Namba and Shinsaibashi for the day.