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The Coolest Cafés in Osaka

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Updated: 5 September 2017
Japan may be best known for sushi and shrines, but one of the favorite pastimes of young Japanese people is café-hopping. Entire sections of bookstores are dedicated to the newest and best cafés in every city, and people will often spend afternoons walking around neighborhoods seeking out the coolest hangouts. With so many places to choose from, it’s easy to be lured in by cute décor only to be bummed out by bad coffee. Don’t trust fate, let Culture Trip help you out with this guide to Osaka’s trendiest cafés.

Wad Omotenashi

Cafe, Japanese, none
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Wad Omotensashi is arguably one of the most beautiful cafés in Osaka. Right in the middle of Osaka’s trendy Minami-Semba area, this bright airy café feels like a Japanese oasis, but this isn’t the place to come for coffee. They serve traditional Japanese teas, and matcha is prepared in the same style as in a tea ceremony. They offer small Japanese confectionary called wagashi. If you really want to treat yourself, do not pass up the shaved iced in traditional flavors like green tea or brown sugar.

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Lilo Coffee Roasters

Cafe, $$$
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In a country full of over-roasted coffee, Lilo Coffee Roasters is heaven for people who just want some lightly roasted brew. This tiny café right outside of Amerika-mura has some of the best coffee in Kansai. The beans are lovingly roasted by the owner, who has dedicated himself to good coffee. Their cold brew is not to be passed up, and you can choose the quality of bean (and price) for your cup. It’s worth it to splurge on the premium coffee for JPY 550 (US$5) if you want to really appreciate how good Lilo’s coffee is.

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Sun - None:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Bird Coffee

Cafe, Fusion, $$$
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One of the original hip cafés in Osaka and the brainchild of Truck furniture’s Tokuhiko Kise, Bird Coffee is a little out of the way from central Osaka but worth the trip. They offer daily rice and pasta lunch specials as well as a variety of sandwiches like honey-baked ham and cheddar or avocado and bacon. Dinner gets a little more involved with dishes like cacio e pepe and char-grilled steaks. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful Osaka-made furniture at Truck right across the street.

Bird Coffee | © www.bird-coffee.com | Bird Coffee | © www.bird-coffee.com

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Shin Shin Sha

Cafe, Indian, $$$
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This café may be out in suburban Nishitanabe, but it’s already Instagram-famous for its adorable watermelon flavor shaved ice. While they’re best known for their dessert, the food is excellent, too. On the menu are some Indian-inspired curries served with whole-wheat chapatis and a fresh salad. They even offer chapati roles, a cute take on a sandwich wrap. While they do have good coffee, do not miss the houji chai tea. For those really wanting an interesting café experience, Shin Shin Sha hosts workshops on metalworking and have some of their own brass pieces available for purchase.

Shin Shin Sha | © Judith LaFaver | Shin Shin Sha | © Judith LaFaver

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The Pie Shop

Cafe, Dessert, $$$
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One of Osaka’s newest and hippest cafés, the pie shop may be the first of its kind in the Osaka area. This place serves one thing and one thing only. American-style pies. There are a variety of flavors like salted caramel and strawberry balsamic, but the salted honey pie is one of their most delicious. Don’t forget to get it à la mode for that extra decadent touch. They offer pies to go, but the cute steampunk interior with bright neon signs is a nice place to people-watch in the trendy Shinsaibashi neighborhood.

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Cafe Taiyonotou Green West

Cafe, $$$
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This is one of Osaka’s coolest cafés in the coolest neighborhood. Tucked away on a tiny side street in Nakazakicho, this place looks more like a house in the American countryside than a café. Inside, it is decorated with retro furniture and vintage wallpaper, and you can see the trains go by from the second-floor windows. The taco rice here is good as well as their nasi goreng. Green West also has a well-stocked bar and can make quite a few mixed drinks.

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Sun - None:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual