Collected by Doug McMillen
1 Chome-7-7 Dōtonbori, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0071, Japan
See all of our ideas for where to go in 2015. This Osaka restaurant is so tiny, it's tough to find any information about it. Tucked into an alley, the restaurant is hidden away, making it difficult to find even if you know its address. But for...
Japan, 〒542-0071 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Dōtonbori, 1 Chome−4, 大阪市中央区道頓堀１丁目４−１５
Okonomiyaki is the epitome of Japanese soul food—a griddled pancake made of a mix of vegetables, egg, and meat or seafood, and topped with things like bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, nori, and ginger. The dish may have originated in Osaka, but it...
Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Dotonbori, considered by some to be the heart of Osaka’s gastronomic offerings and slapstick sense of humor, is located in the downtown area of the Namba district along the canal. This festive series of restaurants, bars, entertainment areas, and...
Japan, 〒556-0011 Osaka, Naniwa-ku, Nanbanaka, 2-chōme−10−７０ なんばパークス6F
Namba Parks is a sprawling shopping mall and office complex designed by American Jon Jerde. It's a unique design that feels less claustrophobic and contained than most ordinary shopping malls. You can see the garden spaces that jut our of the...
Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−9−５ 日宝三津寺ビル1F
There aren't enough unbelievable things I can say about Tres Bon. Taking its name from the French for "very good," it's also honest. Operated day-to-day by an 84 year old Japanese man named Jefe (Spanish for boss) who's always drinking and can...
Japan, 〒542-0086 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−9−５ 日宝三ッ寺会館 2階
Something that can be frustrating if you're living in or travelling around Japan as a non-native speaker is the absence of English or picture menus. It can sometimes feel like the busiest and most popular restaurants with the locals are...
1 Chome-9-３４ Katamachi, Miyakojima-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 534-0025, Japan
Cliff Ramen is a special place. It's the definition of kodawari ramenya (こだわりらめんや, artisanal ramen restaurant). Every aspect of its incredibly flavorful, precisely calculated ramen and tsukemen is made in-house from scratch, including all noodles....
2 Chome-2-8-32 Nishishinsaibashi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0086, Japan
I was brought to Aji Ho by a Japanese friend and was instantly blown away by its size and scale. Most restaurants in Japan are pretty small, particularly in the Amerika Mura neighborhood that Aji Ho calls home. Aji Ho is visible from a block or...
Japan, 〒542-0076 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nanba, 4 Chome−4−２−８ 鳥勘ビル
Kyuji Ramen is a good way to learn about and hang out intimately with some foodie-obsessed, fun-loving Osakans. This ramen-ya is on the ground floor just a few buildings off of the always-crowded Midosuji. You'll know you're there when you see an...
2 Chome-3-２５ Dōtonbori, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0071, Japan
We've all heard about Wagyu beef, but not everyone has heard about Matsusaka Beef. Some may have heard Kobe Beef. All of these though are types of Wagyu beef, including a third type which is Omi. So if you visit Japan, you should try the big three...
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