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Osaka’s Horie district is characterized by its independent boutiques, fashionable residents, and tiny alleyways filled with some of the city’s coolest cafés and most authentic international cuisine. Read more in our guide to finding the best eats, drinks, and haunts in the neighborhood.
Orange Street, or Tachibana in Japanese, is the main drag in Horie. The area was once a thriving furniture district, and remnants of this history remain in the local furnishing stores and large designer showrooms. Today, Orange Street is the place to find trendy Japanese fashions and home goods. There is also no shortage of cafés and restaurants with a new one popping up every week. There are very few chain shops on Orange Street, so shopping here supports local businesses.
This small shop was made for your inner hipster. Simultaneously a coffee shop — and a damn good one at that — and a bicycle parts and repair shop, this is a great place to relax, recharge and browse to your heart’s content. From bicycle accessories to ergonomic backpacks to customizable bike frames and wheels, this shop has something for both bicycle aficionados and casual cyclists to enjoy.
Horie is located just west of popular tourist spots in Namba. So, while it’s also perched alongside the famous Dotonbori Canal, the riverwalk in Horie is quieter and exudes a much classier charm than the bright neon lights of downtown. A great way to enjoy this river view, besides a simple stroll, is to dine at one of the great restaurants overlooking the water. One such place is BLEU, a Chinese restaurant that doubles as a stylish bar and event space. The large windows offer a glorious view of the river and the lovely Ukiniwa suspension bridge.
Judith LaFaver also contributed to this piece.