August 27, 2017
The 10 Best Places to Eat in Nagoya, Aichi
In Nagoya, you will find it so difficult to choose what to eat because there are so many signature dishes in this gourmet paradise. You don’t want to miss any of them, right? Let’s take a look in the top 10 best-recommended cuisines in Nagoya.
Perhaps pork cutlet and miso (soybean paste) are quite common in Japan. But these two ingredients are combined perfectly into a special cuisine, Miso Katsu. You can find this famous local speciality in Yabaton, a long-established shop.
Everyone loves the crispy, deep-fried pork cutlet, served with rich special sauce made by unique red miso of Nagoya. Miso Katsu is too tasty with steamed rice! Don’t be surprised to see a long queue always outside this locally famed shop.
Shop name: Yabaton Yabacho Honten
Address: 3-6-18 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Yabacho subway station
Map: Map to Yabaton Yabacho Honten
Nagoya’s tebasaki (chicken wing) is famous for a good reason. Everyone loves the salty-sweet seasoned chicken wing in a crispy, non-battered and deep-fried finish. It goes perfectly with beer!
Once you try, you can’t stop yourself to have more. Head to a locally popular shop Furaibou to enjoy the delicious chicken wing.
Shop Name: Furaibou Nishiki-ten
Address: 3‐18‐12, Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya-city, Aichi Prefecture
Access: Just a few walks from Sakae subway station
Map: Map to Furaibou Nishiki-ten
3. Yamamo-toya Honten
No one can resist the tempting miso nikomi udon in a hotpot (noodles in miso broth), especially in winter. Enjoy the delicacy in “Yamamotoya Hon-ten”, Nagoya’s restaurant with long history.
Their noodles, red miso paste and broth are all uniquely made and represent Nagoya’s taste. Its distinc-tive aroma and rich, tasty flavor attract people to the shop all year around.
Shop Name: Yamamotoya Honten Sakae
Address: 2‐14‐5, Yamamotoya-Honten-Sakae Building 1/F, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 7 minutes’ walk from Fushimi subway station
Map: Map to Yamamotoya Honten Sakae
4. Souhon-ke Ebisuya Honten
Nagoya is known for its special famous Kishimen (flat and broad noodles). It looks differently from other types of noodles in Japan. Go to “Souhon-ke Ebisuya Honten” and savor their hand-made noodles made by traditional technique.
The shop provides a wide range of delicious menus like kishim-en in curry cheese soup(too yummy!) or miso katsu. Everything in menu is all tempting and really difficult to make the decision.
Shop Name: Souhon-ke Ebisuya Honten
Address: 3-20-7, Nishiki, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Sakae subway station
Map: Map to Souhon-ke Ebisuya Honten
5. Morning Coffee Riyon
Local coffee shops can be seen all around Nagoya. Step in famous “Morn-ing Coffee Shop Riyon” and take a break. Enjoy Nagoya’s distinctive menu called “morning set” (available whole day).
It includes coffee served with toasted and pressed sandwiches. For sandwiches’ ingredient, you can choose famous Ogura-an (sweet red beans), vegetables salad and so on. Enjoy the delicious morning set, as well as atmosphere of the Japanese-style coffee shop.
Shop Name: Morning Coffee Riyon
Address: 1-24-30, Meiekiminami, Nakamura-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 5 Minutes’ walk from Nagoya subway station
Map: Map to Morning Coffee Riyon
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Japanese are very clever to combine two typical cuisines, tempura and rice balls, into a new delicacy called Tenmusu. Recently it is getting more popu-lar throughout the country.
“Senju” in Nagoya is the original shop of creat-ing the delicious cuisine. A mini size of rice ball is filled with crispy shrimp fritter. They are just a perfect combination and too tasty. Everyone would love it!
Shop Name: Senju
Address: 4-10-82, Osu, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 2 minutes’ walk from Kamemaetsueki subway station
Map: Map to Senju
The bakery sells the characteristics Japanese Anpan, bread rolls filled with crushed sweet red bean inside. It tastes rich but not too sweet, just perfect. Of course, Anpan is a must-try.
But don’t miss other variety of bread rolls made by seasonal ingredients. The shop also provides a special pack of 8 mini rolls. A great option to let you try different yummy tastes altogether.
Shop name: Anpanya
Address: Nagoyaeki-kounai, 1‐1‐4, Meieki, Nakamura-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: Just a few walks from Nagoya subway station
Map: Map to Anpanya
In this restaurant, you can try a special Italian pasta of Nagoya, the Ankake spaghetti. The thick spaghetti noodles are pan-fried and topped with the chef’s unique tomato sauce from vegetables and spice.
The taste is so rich but healthy and delicious. Excellent choices for those who love healthy pas-ta.
Shop Name: Ciao
Address: Chunichi Building, UG 2/F, 4-1-1, Sakae, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefec-ture
Access: 3 minutes’ walk from Sakae subway station
9. Mochibun Souhon-ten
Uiro represents Nagoya’s traditional sweets. It is made of rice flour and looks like another Japanese sweet bean paste jelly, youkan. But uiro’s texture is more chewy and softer.
Don’t miss Uiro from Mochibun Honten. Highly recommend favor of matcha (Japanese green tea) and kurosato (brown cane sugar). They also sell limited flavors depending on seasons. Uiro looks beautiful and tastes in-credibly good. Perfect souvenirs of Nagoya.
Shop Name: Mochibun Souhonten
Address: 2‐36‐24, Yutaka, Minami-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: At the Doutoku subway station, take a bus heading to Yutaka 2-chome. Get off and walk 2 minutes.
Map: Map to Mochibun Souhonten
10. Maruya Honten
When talking about Nagoya’s cuisine, every Japanese will not forget Hitsumabushi (grilled eel on rice). It is not only delicious, but the various steps to savor are very interesting and special. You can enjoy the grilled eel with rice as usual. Or add preferred condiments.
Then pour some broth to create a new style of dishes. Maruya Honte is the best choice to try the Na-goya’s famous cuisine. Their grilled eel, steamed rice, and broth are all excellent.
Shop Name: Maruya Honten Meieki-ten
Address: Restaurant-machi, Meitetsu-hyakkaten-honkan, 9F,1‐2‐1, Meieki, Nakamura-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Meitetsu-Nagoya subway station
Map: Map to Maruya Honten Meieki-ten
Let’s Enjoy Best Local Foods in Nagoya!
Who can resist the temptation of these Nagoya cuisines? In your next trip to Nagoya, do remember to visit these top 10 best-recommended shops. Pick your most favorite delicacies and enjoy a gourmet journey. Have fun in Nagoya!