Namba is the downtown area of Osaka and the hub for all of the businesses, entertainment and shopping. The area is full of exciting restaurants and cafés and has a vibrant nightlife. Before you spend your day exploring, you’ll need a hearty late breakfast or brunch. Check out this list for the 10 best places to get brunch in Namba, Japan
Sitting at the very top of the Swissotel, the newly renovated Tavola 36 is one of Osaka’s most vibrant dining venues. The buffet brunches start at 4,000 yen, so they are a little on the pricy side but are worth the cost. With a wide range of foods from around the world, this large Italian rooftop restaurant is sure to have every palate covered. The view is stunning so go over and enjoy your brunch on one of Osaka’s many skyscrapers.
36F Swissotel, 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 465 125
For a more wholesome brunch head over to Camp, located on the seventh floor of the Takashimaya building. This tiny 12 seater place is well known for their vegetable-based curries. Try some of their delicious curry combinations, such as asparagus and seafood, eggplant curry, tomato and cheese or BBQ spare ribs curry. Most of the curries are packed with vegetables so you’ll have plenty of energy for the rest of the day.
5-1-18 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 643 960 056
Located close to Dotonbori in the Namba Parks shopping area, Kua ‘Aina is a little taste of Hawaii in Osaka. Serving up typical brunch foods, like pancakes topped with extraordinary amounts of whipped cream, you are bound to have a fulfilling brunch experience. Even better than their pancakes is the large range of burgers and sandwiches, like the pineapple burger or the avocado sandwich. You’re bound to feel refreshed and tropical after this delicious brunch.
2-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 663 516 10
Near the Namba area lies the Hawaiian pancake house, Hokuhoku. From delicious sweet pancakes topped with whipped cream, drizzled in maple syrup and covered in fresh fruits, to savory pancakes covered in bacon and eggs, Hokuhoku is the place to be for brunch. They also serve up the classic breakfast and brunch options, such as granola with fruit and eggs benedict. All the options are are absolutely delicious. Get your sweet and savory fill from this amazing, yet small, café and you’ll be ready to face the rest of your day.
1-10-33 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 647 083 108
Grab yourself a Spanish breakfast or brunch in Namba at Massa Vamos. Choose between four options: an egg and sausage meal, a healthy choice filled with fruits and cereal, a typical Japanese breakfast with rice and soup, or a pancake brunch. The options are very tasty, satisfying, and will fill you up at a reasonable price. For a little bit more, you can get yourself a brunch paella. Take your tastebuds to the Mediterranean before you go sightseeing around Osaka.
1-7-11 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 360 039
Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese, European, $$$
Brother’s Café is a little pancake house in Namba. Serving up a variety of sweet pancakes with ranges of fluffiness, you’re sure to fill your pancake needs here. They’ve even got sweet and savory French toasts if you don’t want a pancake. Brother’s Café offers an original creation called a Scookie, which is a crispy pancake with a tower of cream on top, decorated with fruits. You get an additional soft fluffy pancake and it’s covered in a delicious sauce of your choice: strawberry, chocolate, raspberry or orange.
1F Nambacity, 5-1-60 Namba, Cho-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 442 730
At ZERO Café, you can expect a fusion between western and Japanese brunch options. You can opt for a typical brunch of pancakes and waffles; you even have the option of diving into a waffle burger – a sweet concoction with the burger bun being replaced with waffles. Or, you can opt for a more Japanese-style brunch with an omurice – an omelette filled with fried rice and toppings of your choice. All the options you will find at ZERO Café are delicious and filling for a very reasonable price.
1-6-14 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku Osaka, Japan, +81 662 137 643
If you are after something more traditional for brunch, try out Tsurutontan. This small Japanese restaurant is well known for the quality of its udon. Served in a huge bowl, these delicious noodles are worth the time and trip as the soup is of a very high standard. They offer a great variety of other Japanese foods too like sashimi, tempura and sushi. If you are feeling a little adventurous, try their udon ice cream.
3-17 Soemoncho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 110 021
Head over to Café Sanbankan for a fragrant coffee and sweet treat fix. With the extensive coffee list, you are sure to find something to suit your fancy over here. The café is incredibly popular in the afternoons with groups of ladies heading over for teas and coffees. If you are in the mood for something more substantial than cake or coffee, try one of their delicious club sandwiches. The morning set menu gives you a coffee and the chance to try a variety of toasts from simple light, fluffy butter toast, to a cheese toast, to one covered with maple syrup.
2-1-57 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 345 599
Relax under striking chandeliers as you dine in style at the St Regis’ Italian restaurant, Le Veduta. The menu is presented on an iPad and you can enjoy a choice of a set course, ranging from red meat to fantastic pastas. The service is excellent and the staff are incredibly attentive. The sets and the à la carte options are not extensive and a bit on the expensive side, however, the food is delicious. This is a very classy, upscale and cozy restaurant, making for a wonderful place to enjoy a late breakfast or brunch.
3-6-12 Hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 583 333