Osaka’s Food Haven


Osaka has built its reputations as a destination for food lovers.

The city excels in street food, most notably okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) and takoyaki (octopus balls).

If there’s one area to visit for eating, shopping, and entertainment, head straight for Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori.

Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori

Shinsaibashi-suji shopping street is a roofed arcade spanning 600 meters. The arcade is lined with local eateries, shops, and major department stores, like Daimaru. Parallel to Shinsaibashi is Midosuji with luxury boutique shops.

At the end of the 600-meter stroll is Dotonbori.  At night it becomes the Times Square of Osaka with bright lights and signage illuminating the streets

Dotonbori runs along the Dotonbori-gawa Canal with the Ebisu Bridge connect the two sides. Local street eats fill walkways making the air smell irresistible.


Yakiniku M

After all that snacking and walking, splurge on a proper Japanese meal at Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M.

The restaurant, with branches around the city, has gained global recognition thanks to happy diners spreading the word.  The servers speak multiple languages and welcome tourists from around the world.

Yakiniku M allows guests to experience Matsusaka beef – those famed Japans cows that are massaged and fed beer.  What a life for those cows!

That life of relaxed luxury translates to the taste and tenderness of the beef which is grilled at the table. There are 12 cuts and each melt in your mouth, some more than others, of course.

The famous Dotonbori kani
The famous Dotonbori kani
  1. Bright lights and signs shining at night
    Bright lights and signs shining at night
  2. Glico running man along the canal
    Glico running man along the canal
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    Covered Shinsaibashi arcade
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    One of many takoyaki stalls
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    Gyozas of all kinds
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    Grilled soup gyoza
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    Soup and pork filled inside while crispy and pan fried on the bottom
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    Kit Kat shop of many flavors
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    One of many late night ramen shops
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    Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M
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    Cuts of beef
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    Grilled table side

1-2 Shinsaibashi-suji

1-7-21 Dotonbori

Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M
2F, Daruma Bldg, 1-5-24

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