Osaka is famous for its food, and Osaka’s people take great pride in their love of their local cuisine. There is even an expression, “Osaka no kuidaore” which literally means the Osaka habit of eating till you drop, but actually means eating so much you fall into debt! There are many local specialties in Osaka, but there are five essential dishes you really must try.
These are takoyaki, okonomiyaki, fugu, kushikatsu, yakiniku. You can find these five foods well represented all over the city, but Umeda, Dotonbori, and Shinsekai are the biggest gourmet areas with the most famous restaurants. In this article we will introduce each of these foods, and tell you where to try them. Read more
Kuromon Ichiba is a lively covered market which stretches for 580 meters in Osaka’s Chuo Ward. Nicknamed “Osaka’s kitchen” because both local homeowners and restaurant chefs get their supplies here, the market is famous for its fresh seafood and has recently become a popular tourist location. Read more
The lively entertainment area of Dotonbori is Osaka’s most famous tourist destination and renowned for its gaudy neon lights, extravagant signage, and the enormous variety of restaurants and bars. Read more
Ohatsutenjin-dori Shotengai is a covered shopping arcade packed with eateries, bars and other entertainments in an area of Umeda called Sonezaki located near Osaka and Umeda Stations. You can find all kinds of restaurants here and of course plenty of local Osaka specialties. Read more
Osaka Central Fish Market is just one part of the Osaka Municipal Central Wholesale Market complex which also comprises vegetable and fruit markets. Because so much of the Osaka’s food supply passes through this market, it is considered the heart of this famous gourmet city. Read more