If you are in Osaka, you will quickly realise that it is a foodie’s dream. I mean, right from the first step I set into this city, I was stuffing my face (and documented it, too). Sure, you could try the restaurants and buffets at Osaka station already but if you wanna dive deep into the world of cute food and delicious Osaka cafes, then read on and pin this post so you can refer to it again and again. Or share with foodie friends. Because these cafes in Osaka are too sweet to keep a secret.
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Should You DIY an Osaka Food Tour or Book One?
This question, of course, depends entirely on how you like to travel and experience cities and local cuisine and what your budget is. But I don’t see how visiting these fabulous Osaka cafes and their sweet treats cannot be combined with a local food tour. There are several to choose from and with Osaka being a the birthplace of dishes like okonomiyaki and takoyaki and skewers and more being a must eat. You really can get the best of both worlds – hearty and sweet.
Cafe Taiyounotou Green West, Umeda
Should pink be your favourite colour, this cafe’s dishes will easily become your favourite in town. Pink cake slices, pink burgers, you name it. The decor is charming and slightly rtro looking, adding to the princess charm its dishes convey. The cafe lies in a small back alley, so don’t walk by!Try this: Raspberry Rare Cheese Tart (650yen) and pink homemade burger (980yen * with free drink between 11AM and 4PM)
Gudetama Cafe, Umeda
When travelling Japan, there is no way you will not encounter Gudetama, the depressed egg. He is a beloved character and can be found on all kinds of merch, be it chocolate eggs, kitchen towels, chopsticks or contact lens cases. While in all these instances, you cannot actually poke the runny egg (which he hates), you can visit Gudetama Cafe and for once, get up close and personal (which he’ll surely hate too). Time to poke that egg on your gudetama coffee latte art (594yen).Try this: Gude White Curry (1000yen)
Brothers Cafe Umeda OPA, Umeda
Pancake lovers rejoice, this should be your go-to place in Osaka. Local women flock to this quaint cafe decorated with flowers and plants running down the walls. It’s super pretty and the dishes to die for.Try this: Chocolate Raspberry Scookie (980yen)
Address: 1-27 Chayamachi, Kita-ku | B1F Umeda OPA Bldg., Osaka 530-0013, Osaka Prefecture
Opening times: 11AM-9PM
If you love apples, this small cafe will be where you should be hanging. Everything is about the sweet apples and you can get baked apples, apple juices and more. If you simply don’t wanna leave without evem more apple, decorate yourself with the apple accessories that are sold instore.Try this: Apple Pancake (1200yen) with apple juice (400yen small)
Kotori Cafe Shinsaibashi, Namba
Animal cafes are all the rage in Japan. (A big reason is that pets aren’t allowed in many rental apartments.) So it was about time that next to cat cafes, a bird cafe would pop up. Dine on bird-shaped cakes while watching the cute little chippers on their perches. You can even pet the colourful yellow budgies and colourful parakeet, which costs 540yen for five minutes.Try this: Cake & drink 1620yen
Floresta Narute Doughnuts
I always wanted to dig into those cute animal themed donuts which you can see on instagram photos from visits to Japan. I finally found an adorable cute cat one in floresta. Alternatives were pigs and bears and I wanted all of them. The donuts are made in the cafe and are all natural.Try this: animal face donut (230yen)
Address: 1 Chome-12-28 Shitennoji, Tennoji Ward
Totti Candy Factory
Just like in Tokyo, the mega sized fairy floss in rainbow colours makes foodie instagrammers heart skip a beat. Located in the famous amerikamura district, you will be in the best place to enjoy your treat and walk along the shopping miles. Try the other treats, such as cake pops and macroons, as well though.Try this: Macaroon set (2,350 JPY incl. tax)
W/O Stand Shinsaibashi, Namba
The cool kids on instagram are fully aware off this quirky like nook that is W/O Stand. At first glance, you might mistake it for a vending machine. And there are plenty on the corners of Japan. But this one will lead you inside to a tiny little coffee shop with artsy plastic cups, such as the one with Mick Jaggers face on it. Very hipster.Try his: Iced Café: 450yen
Address: 1 Chome-15-15 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11AM–7PM, Sun 8AM–9:30PM
Let’s be real for a second. Do we ever really grow up? I mean, like really? Let’s make Peter Pan proud and head to PENNENNENEMU. Its specialty theme are picture books and plushies everywhere. It’s for adults though and you can enjoy a good picture browse while digging into your cake.
Osaka Icing, Umeda
Don’t notify the cookie monster he would annihilate this place. And that would be such a shame because the intricately glazed and printed on cookie designs are a sight for sore eyes (and foodie stomachs). You can choose between local designs, such as the Namba crab, Osaka Castle or blowfish or just pick a cute cat.Try this: Box of Osaka cookies (1620yen)
Address: Daimaru Umeda B1F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening times: Sun-Thu 10AM-20:30PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-9:00PM
This isn’t only great if you always wanted to enter a maid cafe, but it serves super kawaii dishes as well. Expect bear faces on your ice cream. Shows with maids performing are every two hours and you can buy souvenirs to remember your visit as well. Entrance for maid cafe is 500yen and you have to place one order every hour so you can stay.Try this: “Doubutsutan” Parfait (¥2,060 +tax)
Fait en bonbons, Nishitenma
Cupcakes galore with icing in ranbow colours and delicate sugary decorations can be had in pastry shop Fait en bonbons. If you want to try something else, opt for the canéles – also a local favourite.Try this: Butterfly cupcake (360yen)
Ryoguchiya Korekiyo Daimaru Umeda, Umeda
To go down the traditional route when it comes to pleasing your sweet tooth in Osaka cafes, hit up this confectionary store. It dates back to 1634 and specialises in jelly desserts. With a slightly different texture than the usual Western fare, its jelly slices will at first feel odd but are utterly refreshing in summer.Try this: Japanese jelly set of 5 (1188yen)
Address: Daimaru Umeda B1F, 3-1-1- Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10:00AM-8:30PM, Fr-Sat 10:00AM-9:00PM
Hailed as the best Japanese cheesecake this popular franchise can be found in 30 stores all over Japan, not just as an Osaka cafe. However, while you’re already at it with the sweets in Osaka, why not try Pablo ? You can dine in or take your order with you. Here’s a travel tip: if you have the Amazing Osaka Pass, you can claim a free treat when you buy a cheese tart.Try this: Strawberry cheesecake: 1300yen (incl. tax)
Rikuro Ojisan no Mise, Namba
To get a different kind of Japanese cheesecake (cause they are awesome), try Rikuro. This cheesecake’s specialty is that it wobbles, it’s such lovely airy sponge cake! In case you want to share (or have an entire cake to yourself), ask for yaketa chiesu keiki, the baked cheesecake.Try this: Rikuro cheesecake (675yen)
Address: 3-2-28 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture
Usagi to Boku
Are bunnies giving you warm feelings? Then hit up this bunny themed Osaka cafe and get all the bunny-styled dishes your cuteness-barometer can handle. To start off, why not get the freshly brewed coffee latte with bunny on top?Try this: cake and coffee set (750yen)
Address: 3-9-10 Hannancho, Abeno-Ku, Osaka 545-0021, Osaka Prefecture
Eggs ‘n Things Shinsaibashi
Located right in the city centre, no wonder this breakfast hangout attracts so much attention. On weekends you can expect a small queue. But when you get in, dig into your fluffy pancakes decked in mountains of whipped cream. Don’t neglect the delicious omelettes either. Breakfast lovers will heart this place for sure!Try this: Pineapple macadamia Pancakes: 1180yen
Should You Really Visit Osaka Cafes?
Whether you are new in town and want to focus on sightseeing or are a seasoned visitor, these cafes will surely delight and make your day colourful (and your tastebuds dance). Many of them are located in hotspot areas, such as Namba or Umeda as well, so you why not plan a brief stop while you’re in the area? I definitely would.
Tell me: Which of these Osaka cafes would top your foodie list?
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