June 24, 2019
This is the Local gourmet in Namba! The 10 Must-visit Local restaurants in Osaka!
Osaka used to be called as “the Kitchen of Japan”. Even today, it has a rich selection of the local gourmet, which has amused people. Any popular place to enjoy the local gourmet in Namba, the center of Osaka, where is also known for fussiness on food? Let’s walk through the 10 best and must-go restaurants carefully selected from tons of outstanding restaurants in the whole area of Namba.
Popular Restaurant in Ura Namba area! Enjoy Dynamic Beef Rice Bowl at DINING Ajito!
“DINING Ajito” is located in the Ura Namba area in 3 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station. It is too popular to get in without lining up. Its signature dish is “Sumibi-yaki Abri Sagari Niku-ju (charcoal grilled beef rice bowl)” , which makes the local people line up, who are said to hate waiting!
In a stylish interior, you may be shocked at the dynamic volume! Enormous slices of beef outside skirt seasoned with soy-sauce-based paste blended with onions and garlic cover cooked rice. It served the limited number of meals for lunch time, which let customers line up not to miss one. There are a variety of dishes with carefully selected ingredients for dinner time. Do not miss the famous dish in Ura Namba.
Name: DINING Ajito
Address: 4-20 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: 11:30〜14:00 / 17:00〜23:30
Access: 3 minutes walk from Namba station
Map: map to DINING Ajito
Outstanding Italian Cuisine Locally Loved in Namba, Sant-AnGeLo
“Sant-AnGeLo” is the popular Italian restaurant offering authentic pizza, located in Namba CITY South directly connected to Nankai Namba station.
Not only pizza, but also pasta dishes such as pescatore cannot be missed. It has a wide selection of menu including prosciutto, carpaccio. Better to book your seats in advance!
Address: Namba CITY South 1F, 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: (Monday – Friday) 11:30〜14:30 / 17:30〜21:30(Weekends and Holidays) 11:30〜15:00 / 17:00〜21:30
Access: Directly connected to Nankai Namba station
Map: map to Sant-AnGeLo
Authentic Italian Restaurant Popular in Namba, PIENO!
“PIENO” is located in 2 minutes walk from Namba station, Osaka Metro Midosuji-line. You can find easily with the barrel in front of the restaurant. It offers authentic Italian dishes in a open space.
The popular dish here is bagna cauda. Many customers get addicted to its unique sauce with half-boiled egg. You will not regret picking up any dish like thick creamed sea urchin pasta, deep cheesy flavored pizza, prosciutto. Every dish will amaze you. Highly recommended.
Address: 4-5-3 Namba, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: (Weekdays) 11:45～14:00 / 18:00～1:00(Weekends) 17:00～1:00
Access: 3 minutes walk from Namba station
Map: map to PIENO
Perfect Match of Home-made Sangria and Outstanding Paella! Popular restaurant in Namba, Spain Bar Massa
“Spain Bar Massa” with an open terrace is located in 3 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station. The interior is decorated in an wooden and red taste, which creates a stylish Spanish-bar-atmosphere. It offers the authentic Spanish cuisine. Daily pinchos and paella with more than 20 styles are regular and popular here.
You cannot miss the rich selection of drink! You will definitely find your favorite glass among more than 20 kinds of wine and sparkling wine. Home-made sangria is absolutely must-have. Worth visiting here on your trip to Namba.
Name: Spain Bar Massa
Address: Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka 1F, 1-17-11 Namba-naka, Naniwa ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: 7:00〜10:00 / 11:00〜24:00
Access: 3 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station
Map: map to Spain Bar Massa
Experience Genuine Thai Cuisine in Namba, Coconut Island
“Coconut Island” is located in “Ura Namba” area, 2 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station. You can find it easily with the national flag of Thailand. It has a lively atmosphere like a Japanese bar.
It is designed with the concept of a food stand in Thailand, serving Thai cuisine. ”Tom yum goong” has the authentic flavor with mildness of coconut milk in spicy and sour soup. You can also enjoy regular dishes of Thailand including “pad thai (Thai stirred noodles)”, “Gai Yaang (Thai-style grilled chicken)”. This is the place to taste the real Thai food in Namba!
Name: Coconut Island
Address: 13-18 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: (Weekdays) 17:00〜24:00 (Weekends) 16:00〜24:00
Access: 2 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station
Map: map to Coconut Island
Enjoy Crepe and Galette for Dinner at Creperie Alcyon
Walking 4 minutes from Osaka Metro Midosuji-line Namba station, you will see a Western-style building with yellow walls, “Creperie Alcyon”. It is the restaurant serving crepe and galette, in the pop yellow colored building with the national flag of France.
Galette has sticky and chewy texture and light sweetness itself. There are various menus for galette such as regular “Complet” with cheese and egg, “Marseille” with octopus, tomato and potato, “Marche” with avocado and chicken. Crepes are also surprisingly outstanding! It is big enough for dinner. The unique sweetness cannot be missed. How can you miss it?
Name: Creperie Alcyon
Address: 1-4-18 Namba, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: (Monday – Friday) 11:30〜21:30 (Saturday) 11:00〜21:30 (Sunday and Holidays) 11:00〜21:00
Access: 1 minute walk from Namba station
Map: map to Creperie Alcyon
Traditional Dry Curry with Raw Egg at Osaka Namba Jiyuken!
“Jiyuken” is located on the back street of the downtown, 3 minutes walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji-line Namba station. As displayed on the signboard outside, the signature menu here is “Dry Curry”.
“Jiyuken” opened in 1910 and has succeeded its recipe. “Dry Curry” includes no chemical preservative. Dry Curry is cooked by mixing original curry and cooked rice and served with a raw egg placed in the hole at the center. Spiciness of curry and sweetness of an egg are blended to create some nostalgic taste. Many people get addicted to this unique taste to visit frequently. This is the curry representing Osaka.
Address: 3-1-34 Namba, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Access: 3 minutes walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji-line Namba station
Map: map to Jiyuken
Enjoy Black Chuka Soba Noodles in Ura Namba! Popular Ramen restaurants in Namba, Menya Joroku
“Menya Joroku” is the popular Ramen restaurant, which has often the line outside, located in Ura Namba, 4 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station. Entering from the black restaurant curtain, the first thing you see is the wall covered with autographs of celebrities in the Kansai region. It has counter seats only in a small restaurant. The popular dish is “Chuka soba noodles”.
Blackish colored soup is made from pork bone and chicken bone seasoned by soy sauce. Once you sip it, the deep flavor and Umami spread into your mouth. The sticky and chewy texture of middle-thick straight noodles creates amazing taste with the flavor of pepper in the soup! The reasonable price attracts the local people. Also it is rare you can enjoy Ramen noodles in the morning! Do not miss it!
Name: Menya Joroku
Address: 6-16 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: 11:30〜15:00 / 18:00〜21:00 *1st Sundays of Every month 7:00〜10:00 / 11:30〜15:00
Access: 4 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station
Map: map to Menya Joroku
Negiyaki restaurant, the Local Osaka people Line up for it, Okonomiyaki Fukutaro
“Fukutaro” is the popular restaurant, which often has a line outside, located in 3 minutes walk from Kintetsu Namba-line Nippombashi station. Entering from Japanese-style exterior, you see the counter with iron grill plates and sunken-kotatsu-style table seats, which is the regular Okonomiyaki interior.
It offers Negiyaki with the perfect blend of dough and green onions. The most popular Negiyaki dish is “Pork Negiyaki”, cooked with the premium rank pork from Kagoshima. You can enjoy various dishes including Negiyaki with rice cake and cheese, Negiyaki with beef sinew. This is the place where the local people from Osaka choose for Okonomiyaki. Must visit!
Address: 2-3-17 Sennichimae, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Time: (Monday – Friday) 17:00〜24:30 (Weekends and Holidays) 12:00〜24:00
Access: 3 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nippombashi station
Map: map to Fukutaro
The Birthplace of Nikusui, the Local gourmet in Osaka! Popular restaurant in Namba, Chitose
“Chitose” is the restaurant with an old-Japanese-diner-like atmosphere, located in 3 minutes walk from Nankai Namba station, which is the main one. There is the branch in Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater. “Chitose” is the birthplace of “Nikusui”.
“Nikusui” is the soup of beef Udon noodles, serving with half-boiled egg instead of Udon noodles. The soup is cooked from Dashi stock of bonito and round herring, which goes perfectly with lightly sweet seasoned beef, raw egg, and green onions. This is the very local gourmet of Osaka. It has been loved by the local people. Many of them have Nikusui with cooked rice and a raw egg, which is the regular way! Do not miss the genui Osaka food.
Address: 8-1 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo ward, Osaka city, Osaka
Access: 4 minutes walk from Namba station
Map: map to Chitose
Enjoy the Delicious Gourmet in Namba, Osaka!
Here is the 10 must-go popular restaurants in Namba, Osaka. Has any place caught your eyes? Namba has more than Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki as the local gourmet representing Osaka! Explore and experience the real Osaka in Namba!