The Best Brunch Spots In Midosuji, Osaka

Photo of Elizabeth Lee
20 November 2016

One of the main avenues in Osaka, with a major subway line running under it, the Midosuji area spans from Umeda in the north of the city to Namba in the south. We take a look at some of the best brunch and breakfast spots here.

Elk (エルク)

Cafe, Restaurant, European, Dessert, Coffee, $$$
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Elk's shrimp and avocado pancakes with onion sauce.
Elk’s shrimp and avocado pancakes have the texture and lightness of a souffle | © Elk | c/o Elk Pancakes
This intimate cafe has a welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel right at home, with their mismatched sofas, wooden furnishings and unusual pendant lights. Primarily a pancake house, Elk serves their light pancakes with a range of toppings – from classics like strawberry to Japanese favorite matcha, and brunch-y eggs Benedict to quirky potato and caramel apple. They also have other options, such as French toast, pasta, and eggs.

Marufuku Coffee Shop (丸福珈琲店)

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Japanese, $$$
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Marufuku | © melanie_ko/Flickr
One of the oldest coffee shops in Osaka, Marufuku Coffee has been in business since the early 20th century. This was when founder Sadao Ibuki developed a secret brewing method to make the strong, dark coffee the cafe is famous for. This method is still used in the cafe to this day, making Marufuku’s traditional coffee some of the best in Osaka. They serve simple fare, including the richly flavored cheese on toast, filling curry rice, and the shop’s famous coffee roll. If you like your coffee dark and bitter, you can’t miss out on Marufuku Coffee Shop.

Café & Books Bibliotheque

Cafe, Japanese, Dessert, $$$
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Scallop and leeks at Café & Books
Scallop and leeks at Café & Books | © alexxis/Flickr
Café and Books Bibliotheque is one of the few places in Osaka with a brunch menu available on weekends as well as brunch items, such as pancakes, on their weekday lunch menu. Options range from a soup and pasta, to eggs Benedict. If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to try their delicious pancakes, which are fluffy and thick. They are served with generous helpings of fruits and cream. They have a bookstore section next to the cafe, which sells many arts and crafts items and may even have workshops open.

Mizuno (美津の)

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Okonomiyaki may seem like a strange choice for brunch, but why not try this Osakan speciality right here in the city that invented it? It’s a fun experience where you can grill your food at your table and eat it right off the grill, hot and piping. Mizuno, a family-run restaurant in Dotonbori, is one of the locals’ favorite okonomiyaki joints. They are famous for their yam flour okonomkyaki, as well as the house-special Mizuno-yaki. There’s usually a queue at lunch time, so going early for brunch is a good idea.

Tables Café

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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This stylish cafe is a great place to relax over a delicious brunch with your friends. This pancake house has an elegant setting, but is actually very cozy and inviting. Tables Café specializes in organic pancakes, made with flour and butter that is imported from France and giving it a richer taste. Those who like sweets can go with the popular choice of strawberry milk pancakes, or if you want something more filling the bacon egg pancake is recommended.

Butter (パンケーキ専門店 )

This pancake house, located in Umeda, has lovely decor and plush armchairs, mismatched wooden chairs, and wall dividers that allow for an intimate setting. They have light buttermilk pancakes, served with a variety of toppings, assorted fruits and dessert toppings like tiramisu or strawberry and crème brûlée . A house speciality is the French kiln-baked pancakes, which are warm, soft and aromatic hotcakes. They also have more filling brunch items, such as pancakes with bacon and eggs.

1-6-6 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0012, +81 6-6372-5012