As one of the most popular areas in Osaka, Dōtonbori and its surrounding streets are packed full of restaurants and street food. Known as Osaka’s kitchen, this is definitely the place to satisfy those breakfast, lunch or brunch needs. Read on for a list of the top 10 places for brunch in Dōtonbori.
Cafe, Salad Bar, $$$
With an ever-changing menu, Café Garb comes highly recommended for brunch, or lunch, because of their indulgent lunch sets. Each set comes with the soup of the day, salad, and bread or rice; customers are sure to leave satisfied and full as the food is very filling. The options of a curry, cold pasta, warm pasta, croquette or steak for the main dish are just some of the choices available. The dessert and coffee menu is separate, but if you are after something sweeter, go for their sweets set for brunch instead; the desserts are delicious
4-4-7 Bakuromachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 583 341
Restaurant, Sushi, $$$
Zanmai is a popular sushi chain in Tokyo, with only one branch in Osaka. Known as one of the best sushi places in Japan, the restaurant is open 24 hours a day. All of the seafood is incredibly fresh and tasty and the prices are very reasonable. The staff are friendly to all visitors, rounding out the experience to be one of fantastic food complemented with accommodating service. Here, customers can select their sushi from the pictures on the menu or can be adventurous and just take what comes off the conveyor belt.
1-7-21 Dōtonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 664 842 280
Not really a filling brunch, but Nyantsume comes recommended for a cup of tea or coffee. For all cat lovers, Nyantsume roughly translates to cat claws; a fitting name for one of Osaka’s most popular cat cafés. They allow customers up to an hour to play with the cats whilst enjoying a a cup of tea; customers can even get a complimentary box of snacks to feed the cats. There’s also many street food stalls in Dōtonbori so if you want more food, you can get more brunch at a nearby stall.
1-1-7 Dōtonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 136 100
Sitting at the very top of the Swissotel, 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 pricey side but they are worth the cost. With a wide range of cuisine from around the world, this large Italian rooftop restaurant is sure to have your tastes 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 customers are provided with plenty of energy for the rest of the day. Everything is reasonably priced with most of the curries ranging from 990 yen to around 1590 yen.
5-1-18 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 643 960 056
Yukicharyo by Solvivia
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Tea , Vegan
Yukicharyo by Solvivia
One of the few entirely non-smoking restaurants in Osaka, Yukicharyo by Solviva boasts a healthy and organic menu. This health food cafe is set in the attractive Namba area and serves plenty of brown rice and soy milk. The extensive drinks menu includes matcha (green tea), cappuccinos, black sesame smoothies and lots of Chinese teas with natural boosters; a good way to start your day. The food comes in various forms, from brown-rice onigiris (rice balls) to vegetable curries and vegan cakes.
5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka Japan, +81 666 442 7821
With a range of sweet treats, like a delicious honey roll cake and a seasonal pumpkin-flavored parfait, Syukakusai has all brunch needs covered. If you are after something savory for brunch, the roast beef topped with gravy comes highly recommended. In addition to this, customers can also opt for a delicious pasta. They have options like a cheesy hamburger in gravy with rice. Try out this Japanese take on Western-style food, which is bound to cover all the sweet and savory brunch cravings.
2-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 497 655
If you are looking for a more peaceful and relaxing dining experience, head over to Meal Muji in Namba. Sitting in the basement of Muji, this clean and large restaurant is incredibly popular for the quality of its food. Created fully with Muji products, be sure to save some time to explore all the Muji food products, which customers can take home after they have finished eating. You can opt for a full meal, from soup to rice and curry, to small desserts and coffees. The restaurant is entirely self-service.
12-22 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 486 427
Market, Sushi, Seafood
The Kuromon Ichiba market is well-known for the freshness of its food, catering to restaurants and households for over 190 years. Also known as Osaka’s Kitchen, this incredibly lively place is the main shopping area for fish, meat and vegetables. With the recent influx of tourists, there are plenty of restaurants serving fresh sushi, grilled fish, meat and shellfish. Other foods are served out of little stalls, filling the market with mouth-watering aromas.
2-4-1 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 666 310 0707
Located close to Dōtonbori in the Namba Parks shopping area, Kua ‘Aina is a little taste of Hawaii in Osaka. Serving up an abundance of typical brunch foods, such as pancakes topped with extraordinary amounts of whipped cream, diners 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. Customers will feel refreshed after a delicious, tropical brunch here.
2-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 663 516 10