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Dōtonbori is one of the most famous attractions in Osaka. History, shopping, and nightlife aside, the large number of restaurants and cafés lining the Dōtonbori Canal draw countless visitors daily just to dine. Most of the restaurants are open until the early hours of the morning and serve the Japanese favorites Osaka is known for. To sample the local cuisine for yourself, check out this list of the 10 best restaurants in Dōtonbori.
Opening in 1945, just after World War II, Mizuno is the oldest okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka. Ingredients delivered from historic Kuromon Market make up many of the toppings. Don’t miss their yamaimo-yaki (yam okonomiyaki), which has been their most popular dish for decades. Mizuno uses yam instead of flour to create this delicacy, making the texture of the dough very soft. The natural sweetness of yam goes well with the thick pork and vegetables in the pancakes, creating the unique flavor of Mizuno’s famous dish.
Prema Chablani also contributed to this piece.