Le Coccole (レコッコレ)
Located in a quiet alley near Shinsaibashi, it’s easy to miss Le Coccole, as the restaurant doesn’t have any obvious signs to indicate it is open. This tiny establishment serves simple, organic vegetable-based food. Most notably, their curry is more similar to spicy Indian curry than the slightly sweet curry served in most Japanese restaurants. Run by two vegan ladies, the shop has a quiet and dainty setting.
Opening hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm, closed Tue
Address: 3-4-1 Kitakyuhojimachi Chuo-ku Osaka, +81-06-6245-5556
This vegan cafe, located in Shinsaibashi, has a warm ambiance to it that will make you feel almost like you’re sitting down for a meal at home. They serve a mix of Japanese and Italian dishes, all made with healthy, organic vegetables and grains. Like many cafes in Japan, however, the portions at ATL Café are small compared to what Westerners are used to. Most of their vegetables are seasonal, and some are even home-grown. As Kansai is famous for their tofu, the beancurd dish is recommended, and their homemade grain bagels are hearty and thick.
Opening hours: 12pm – 10:30pm, closed Tue
Address: 2F, 2-1-24 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0085, +81-06-6212-0066
Green Earth (グリーン・アース)
One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Osaka, Green Earth serves a variety of Western dishes, from pizza to cake. Many of their dishes have mock meats that taste very much like the real deal, so you can enjoy meat-free hot-dogs, karaage (deep fried dishes) and even hambaagu (burger patties). They also have delicious take-away items such as vegan cookies and natural, environmentally-friendly cosmetic products are on sale in the shop. The café has a picturesque terrace surrounded by plants and greenery, allowing you to forget for a moment that you’re in the middle of one of Japan’s busiest cities.
Opening hours: 11:30am – 5pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat), 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Fri), closed Sun and public holiday
Address: 4-2-2 Kitakyuhojimachi Chuo-ku Osaka, +81-6-6251-1245
Enjoy a meal in the lovely environment of Amadeus, with its wide floor-to-ceiling glass windows that let in plenty of natural light. This restaurant, located in the Westin Osaka, overlooks the hotel’s lush garden. With the thick greenery and pond in view, it is easy to imagine that you’re eating at an elegant restaurant in the countryside. While it is not specifically a vegetarian restaurant, Amadeus offers a “Nature Cuisine” section, which features organic food and vegetarian dining options.
Opening hours: 6:30am – 1:30am, 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Address: 1F The Westin Osaka, 1-1-20 Oyodonaka Kita-ku, Osaka 531-0076 , +81-06-6440-1062
Like its name suggests, Raw8 Café specializes in raw vegetarian food, including salads, pizzas and cakes, all prepared with fresh ingredients. The food has been inspired mostly by Western cuisine, with a Japanese touch in the use of local ingredients. Located north of the city center of Umeda, Raw8 Café is a literal breath of fresh air from the oppressing buzz of the metropolis.
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm, closed Wed – Fri
Address: 1-15-33, Nakatsu, Kita-ku, Osaka 531-0071, +81-90-8982-6868
Vegetable Curry – Camp (野菜を食べるカレーcamp)
Not every vegetarian restaurant has to feel like a countryside retreat; Vegetable Curry – Camp is proof of that. This busy little shop, which seats no more than 15, is located at the Ekimae Marche, a shopping complex connected to Osaka station, the singular most hectic transportation hub in the city. With all the atmosphere of a modern urban restaurant, the menu at Camp features traditionally Japanese cuisine. Despite not using any meat, their curry is flavorsome, and has generous amounts of vegetables in it.
Opening hours: 10am – 10:30pm
Address: 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku | Ekimae Marche Osaka, Osaka 530-0001, +81-50-5570-9207
Yukicharyo by Solviva (有機茶寮 by Solviva)
This organic cafe is located in Namba City, a shopping complex in one of the busiest areas of Osaka, but that doesn’t stop it from having a comfortable and relaxing setting. Decorated with a nature in mind, Yukicharyo by Solviva looks like a Western coffee shop but serves Japanese food such as onigiri (rice balls) and miso soup. Both meat and vegetarian options are available. They have a unique selection of drinks, including matcha cappuccino and black sesame smoothie. The cafe has an outdoor seating area that you can enjoy when the weather is nice.
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Address: Namba City 2F, 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, +81-6-6644-2782
Although there isn’t a strong vegetarian tradition in Japan, kaiseki, a cuisine that originated in Kyoto, places heavy emphasis on vegetables. Hakkakuan is a kaiseki restaurant that uses tofu, another Kyoto specialty, in its food. However, as it is not a vegetarian restaurant, some meat dishes may also be available so watch out for those if you are ordering from the set menu. The restaurant is located on the 16th floor of the Osaka Station City South Gate Building, so you can enjoy the view of Osaka’s bustling downtown while you indulge in Japanese fine dining.
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm
Address: Osaka station city South Gate building 16F, 3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001, +81-6-6347-1020
Located in the stylish shopping mall of Namba Parks, which incorporates natural elements into the shopping complex experience, Saijiki is a buffet restaurant for organic produce. The impressive selection available at the buffet includes both Japanese and international vegetables, all of which are organic and visibly fresh. Some meat dishes are available but the star of the show is undeniably vegetarian fare. Despite being an all-you-can-eat establishment, Saijiki is inexpensive, making it great value for delicious food.
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm (last entry 9pm)
Address: 2-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, +81 6-6636-8123
Vege Batake Cafe Komachi (ベジ畑カフェ小町)
This rustic restaurant is located on the edge of Osaka Castle Park. Everything from the decor to the presentation of the food has a serene theme, fitting in with the restaurant’s healthy fare. Vege Batake Cafe Komachi serves simple, organic food in a fusion of European and Japanese styles, so salad and pasta are on the menu along with curry rice. The cafe has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Address: 2F, 1-14-1 Morinomiya-chuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0003, +81 6-6945-0831