Though it’s difficult to find, Granknot Coffee is worth the hunt. This hip cafe is decorated with reclaimed tables scattered around in a casual and disorganized feel. The barista speaks just enough English and the service is slow; however, the coffee and the French toast are worth the wait. If you are after an Instagram-worthy casual meal, you’ll thoroughly enjoy your experience at Granknot Coffee. For all the coffee lovers, they make their own coffee from scratch so this is definitely the place to be for a fresh coffee fix.
2-7-27 Nishishinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan, +81 665 316 020
Eggs ‘n Things
Sitting in the middle of the Shinsaibashi/Amerikamura area, Eggs ‘n Things is an escape from all the craziness and commotion in Japan. Step into this welcoming resort-themed restaurant and getaway to Hawaii for an hour or so. The staff are incredibly friendly and the restaurant is very clean and modern. The space is huge and has an outdoor patio as well for warm and sunny mornings. There is an English menu and all the food is Western with a huge range of pancakes, waffles and eggs.
2-10-2 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 146 214
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 like granola with fruit and eggs benedict; they’re all absolutely delicious. Get your sweet and savory fill from this amazing, yet small, cafe and you’ll be ready to face the rest of your day.
1-10-33 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 647 083 108
Located within walking distance from Dōtonbori, Tables Café is a popular pancake house. If you are looking for a very relaxed, elegant and cozy atmosphere, Tables Café is definitely for you. For very reasonable prices, have a seat and order a savory crêpe or a delicious sandwich, or even a curry if you feel like it. Everything is made with top-quality butter and flour, both imported from France.
2-5-15 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 142 001
If you’re after a great place for some delicious, homemade French food or even a lunch to go, Westwood Bakers will be a very satisfying choice. Upon walking in, guests are hit with the smell and sight of the most glorious cakes, pains and croque-monsieur. From pastries to pancakes to burgers, they have it all. The open kitchen allows you to see exactly how everything is being made as well. The waiters don’t speak much English but they are very kind and do their best to help. The sausage croissant is renowned at Westwood Bakers.
1-16-9 Minamihorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 665 380 22
LiLo Coffee Roasters
Just off the main street in Shinsaibashi, LiLo Coffee Roasters is an incredible coffee shop. Guests can choose from a huge variety of coffee beans, imported from around the world, and it will be ground up right in front of you and brewed freshly. From the lattes to the Americanos, your coffee will be made methodically to get the best flavor out of the beans. This cafe only does coffee but is surrounded by lots of different street food shops, so customers can treat themselves to some delicious, authentic Japanese food with a superb coffee in hand.
1-10-28, Nishishinsaibashi, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 278 666
Fluffy, light, sweet or savory, Butter is the ultimate pancake haven of Osaka. This delicious cafe, offering curried pancakes, bacon pancakes, and pesto pancakes is an absolute must-try for brunch. The atmosphere is incredibly casual, modern and clean. If you aren’t feeling up for pancakes, they also offer sandwiches and bowls of different meats cooked to perfection in delicious gravy. With two floors of space and a loft area, guests are bound to find something in this absolutely tasty, unmissable pancake heaven.
1-2-30 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 923 33
Sitting between Shinsaibashi and Amerikamura, Planet3rd is the perfect place for both a full meal or a quick snack. The menu consists mostly of sandwiches, curries and sweets and the atmosphere is incredibly relaxed. They even offer computers at the front of the cafe, which are free for customers to use, so you can check up on any recent updates while you wait for your food to come. They start serving breakfast from 7am and are renowned for their large American-style breakfast plates. Be sure to get there before midday to experience this amazing breakfast plate.
Hearton Hotel, 1-5-24 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 825 277
Located in Dōtonbori, Imaihonten is the place to go for genuine udon. Surrounded by an abundance of loud tourist-trap restaurants, Imaihonten is a great place to relax while diners slurp away on a hot bowl of udon. The prices are reasonable and the noodles are made perfectly. The simple kitsune udon, which is served with sweet tofu, is done incredibly well and the broth is made with care. The udon with tempura is another delicious option with perfectly fried vegetables and seafood.
1-7-22 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 110 319
On a cold day, nothing is better than a bowl of tasty hot ramen. Within walking distance from the Shinsaibashi shopping arcade is Ichiran. This ramen restaurant specializes in a tonkotsu-based (pork broth) ramen. They use the highest quality of products to create their ramen and are constantly improving their recipe. What’s interesting about this particular restaurant is the seating arrangement. They want diners to truly appreciate their ramen so the seats are designed as counter seats, all individually blocked off, allowing privacy between just the individual and their meal.
7-18 Soumoncho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 121 805