Best Local, Regional, and International Eats

While most tourists flock to Dotonbori and Namba in Osaka, locals know to dine at Umeda near the Osaka Station for some of Osaka’s best and reasonably priced restaurants.

5: Kuwayaki at Kushiyakitei

A regional Osaka specialty that must be tasted when in town. After World War II, local farmers from Osaka would cook wildfowl on their hoes, called kuwa. Today, kuwayaki specializes in cooking meats and vegetables on a hot flat iron griddle

Read all about kuwayaki at Kushiyakitei here

7/F Grand Front Osaka, South Hall
4-20 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
11am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:3


4: Katsu at Katsukura

Forget your diet and healthy eating when traveling in Japan. You can walk it all off during the day and have a cleanse when you get home. Katsu at Katsukura is an absolute must when in Japan. The best places to have it are in the Kyoto branches, but the Osaka branch comes close to how good it is in Kyoto

Read all about katsu at Katsukura here

B1F Applause Town
19-19 Chayamachi
11am to 9pm


3: Unagi at Bincho

Tasting unagi from Kansai and Nagoya will change your unagi experience if you only have previously tried the Tokyo-styles (which have a softer texture). The unagi at Bincho has an incredible depth of flavor and a wonderful crisp bite from the extensive charcoal grilling

Read all about unagi at Bincho here

Hitsumabushi Bincho
7F Grand Front Osaka, South Building
4-20 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm


2: Pizza at Echi Ponte Vecchio

Not only does Echi Ponte Vecchio use the most premium Italian and seasonal Japanese ingredients for their affordable pizzas, but they are also Vera Pizza Napoletana certified. That means Italy approves that they have met the requirements to make authentic Napoletana pizzas

Read all about pizza at Echi Ponte Vecchio here

Echi Ponte Vecchio a Osaka
10F Lucua JR Osaka Station
3-1-3 Umeda, Kita-Ku, Osaka
11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm


1: Sukiyaki at Moritaya

You cannot leave Japan without tasting their amazing melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef. The beef is best enjoyed as teppanyaki or as sukiyaki. And when in Osaka, Kansai-style sukiyaki will be your most memorable meal

Read all about sukiyaki at Moritaya here

JR Osaka Station Branch
10F Lucua 1100
3-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
11am to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm


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