March 18, 2017
The Best 10 Takoyaki Shops You Must Eat in Osaka
Takoyaki, which is a round wheat based food with octopus inside, originated in Osaka in the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989). Since that time to the current times, Takoyaki is loved by those in Osaka and around the world. In Osaka it is said that there is one Takoyaki machine per household and takoyaki parties are greatly loved. These are perfect for snacks, dinners and anytime other time. There are many takoyaki shops in Osaka. Here we will introduce the best!
This is a takoyaki shop that has been around for many years and it is one you must visit! Originally they sold a dish called “radio-yaki” which had meat instead of octopus. When they decided to trade in the meat for octopus “takoyaki” was born.
On their menu they serve plain, egg, or leek filled “original takoyaki”. They also continue to sell the “radio-yaki” that started it all. All of them are flavored with their original broth that completes the taste. Come here to where the takoyaki began!
Name：Aiduya (main shop)
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Nishinari Tamade Tamadenishi 2-3-1
Closed New Year’s
Access：2 minutes from Tamade Station
Map: Map to Aiduya
2. Dotonbori Akaoni
Here, they are very particular about their ingredients! They are also #1 in television, magazines and media in general. They only use the choicest octopus available. They also use the best konbu from Hokkaido and the best eggs from Oita. They choose to have a “no beef” “no pork” policy when it comes to their flavorings.
Their sauces come in sweet, spicy, and two types of savory as well as more broth like “chapuchapu” and “green onion ponzu”. In this way you can enjoy many different types of takoyaki. Visit this popular shop and experience the reason for its popularity.
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Chuoku Nanba 1-2-3
Access①：4 minutes from Nihonbashi Station
Access②：4 minutes from Nanba Station
Map: Map to Dotonbori Akaoni
This shop has been around for 40 years and is location in the youth center of Osaka, “America Mura”. Along with the bread portion of the takoyaki, there is a fruity sauce with bonito, seaweed, and a large piece of octopus.
Another point that makes the takoyaki here special is that mountain yam is used to make a distinct texture. Here in this area where many youths gather there are attractions and shops to visit before stopping for a delicious snack!
Name：Kougaryu (Osaka Americamura main shop)
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Chuoku Nishishinsaibashi 2-18-4
Access：7 minutes from Shinsaibashi Station
Map: Map to Kougaryu
Perhaps the takoyaki shop with the most name recognition is “Tako-hachi”. In these takoyaki there are large octopus, crunchy bits, ginger, and green onion. The outside is crispy and the inside is creamy.
You can not only be served your takoyaki with sauce but also other none takoyaki items such as egg-based yaki with broth, squid-yaki, and okonomiyaki. In this way you are able to choose your food according to your liking. You will also like that there are two stories of sitting areas leaving plenty of room for you to enjoy your meal! Come relax and enjoy!
Name：Takohachi (Dotonbori main shop)
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Chuoku Dotenbori 1-5-10
Access：5 minutes from Nanba Station
Map: Map to Takohachi
5. Takoyaki Wanaka
In Osaka, there is a very well-known theater known as “Grand Hanatsuki”. Near here you can find this highly recommended takoyaki shop. The flavoring of konbu and bonito is wonderful and the texture of the takoyaki is also amazing. The bronze hotplate used for cooking here are the secret to the texture.
You can choose to flavor your takoyaki with sauce, salt, ponzu and many other different flavors. Being able to choose the flavor that suits you best is something that will make every member in your party happy! Why not visit as you tour Osaka as takoyaki is a must for any Osaka visit.
Name：Takoyaki Wanaka (Sennichimae shop)
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Chuoku Nanba Sennichimae 11-19
Access：6 minutes from Nanba Station
Map: Map to Takoyaki Wanaka
This is a shop that looks like, at first glance, a stand-up bar. Business men and others are likely to be bustling in and out after enjoying their takoyaki. Even if you have a busy schedule for the day you can enjoy takoyaki here.
“Green Onion-Mayo” is the most popular item on the menu. Piled on the takoyaki are many green onions that give it a slightly healthier feel. The impactful presentation is also one that will make you eat is all up.
You can also enjoy “takosen” where takoyaki are placed on rice-cakes making for a delicious combination. You can enjoy this traditional treat of Osaka. Please do try this place that is loved by the locals!
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Kitaku Kadotachho 9-16 Osaka Shinumeda Syokudo 1f
Access：1 minutes from Osaka Station
Map: Map to Hanadako
We recommend “Tamaya” for those who are looking for the slightly more special takoyaki experience. Here they are known for flavoring their takoyaki with lobster broth! Aside from lobster there is also chicken, pork, vegetables and fruit in the base broth.
Aside from the regular of sauce for topping, you can also eat it “as is” or with curry, green onion ponzu, rock-salt mayo and other toppings that total 8. If you cannot decide on a certain taste you can have a platter where you can try all 8! Try and find the taste perfect for you!
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Kitaku Kokubinji 1-3-4
Closed New Year’s
Access：2 minutes from Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome Station
Map: Map to Tamaya
Of course having someone else prepare you takoyaki is also delicious, but so it preparing your own! “Takonotetsu” is where you can have this experience.
Here you can come with your friends, family, or significant other to enjoy a fun time and delicious meal. There are many flavors available such as shiso, curry, and “healthy”.
The shop staff will show you how to prepare your takoyaki so there is no need to be concerned. You can choose their special sauce, sesame soysauce, vinegar sauce, octopus soup, or fruity vinegar. Please enjoy what you have prepare!
Name：Takonotetsu (Maru bld. shop)
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Kitaku Umeda 1-9-20 Osaka Maru bld. B2F
Closed New Year’s
Access：3 minutes from Osaka Station
Map: Map to Takonotetsu
9. GOBU GOBU
Eating takoyaki on the go for lunch is also good but so is takoyaki for dinner with sake. If you would like to enjoy your takoyaki with sake “GOBU GOBU” is the place for you!
The style of this shop is one of a “takoyaki bar” and it is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. The most popular item on the menu is the “Savory Spice Takoyaki”. Come and enjoy your takoyaki and beer!
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Kitaku Ikedacho 6-7
Access：6 minutes from Tenman Station
Map: Map to GOBUGOBU
Have you tried the popular “Akaishi-yaki”? This is a takoyaki made with mostly egg instead of wheat that is eaten after dipped in broth. If you would like to try this, “Bubutei” is the place for you.
It is said that the akaishi-yaki has its origins directly from a very famous, high-end Japanese cuisine. This is why the konbu and bonito used is that of such high quality. You can also enjoy takoyaki gratin and other delicious combination meals. Come find your perfect combination!
Name：Bubutei (Hankyu Sanbangai shop)
Address：Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Kitaku Shibata 1-1-3 Hankyu Sanbangai B2F
Access：2 minutes from Hankyu Umeda Station
Map: Map to Bubutei
Come Enjoy the Famous Takoyaki!
Takoyaki has been more loved by those in Osaka for many years. They are also are loved by foreigners and have even made their debut into the Michelin guide in recent years. There are so many different options available that we could not possibly introduce enough. Eat around and find your own favorite!