Shinsaibashi, located in Osaka’s southern hub, is home to one of the city’s longest shotengai (covered shopping arcades) and adjacent to attraction-heavy Dōtonbori. Both on and branching off from the shotengai are local and international stores, souvenir shops, karaoke joints, and many more hidden gems. This is a fun place to shop and sightsee, so visitors are sure to work up an appetite. This list of the top 10 restaurants in and around Shinsaibashi should help!
Ramen Zundoya is a shop that originated in Himeji, the locale of Japan’s finest castle, and is now making its way around Japan and the rest of the world. The style of ramen served here is tonkatsu, which is pork based, but from there customers can customize their bowls in many ways – you can choose the hardness of the noodles, amount of oil in the broth, spiciness, and toppings. The shop, recognizable by the giant lantern hanging above the entry, is open 24 hours, so this is perfect for a quick lunch or after partying all night in Shinsaibashi.
This weird and wacky Chinese restaurant just off the Dōtonbori Canal is a must-visit for two reasons – the food is amazing and the décor is…unique. The menu features hundreds of authentic Chinese staples served 24 hours a day and the tables are decorated with gigantic golden Buddhas. The walls are covered in gold moulds of, well, ‘adult body parts’ might be the best way to phrase it. There is a shrine to the male member as well.
Prema Chablani also contributed to this piece.