As part of my two week trip to Japan (also read my separate post on Japan), which included visits to Tokyo, Kyoto
Table of Contents
- Why you’ll love Osaka
- My best omakase experience in Osaka
- The best things to do in Osaka – according to me
- The best restaurants in Osaka – according to me
- The best hotels in Osaka – according to me
- The best coffee in Osaka – according to me
- The best place to get some work done
- The best place to go out for a run in Osaka – according to me
Why you’ll love Osaka
Although Osaka lacks much of Kyoto’s stunning temples and Tokyo’s metropolitan vibe, Osaka is a lovable city by its own right. Great food, amazing for shopping and a vibrant sea city vibe.
My best omakase experience in Osaka
The Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when you’re ordering at a restaurant pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes. I try to do it in every city I
My best omakase experience in Osaka was probably when I decided to join a local
The best things to do in Osaka – according to me
- The Belgian Beer festival is an annual celebration of Belgian beer.
- Muji (the Japanese lifestyle and interior brand) has a stunning flagship store with multiple stories of Muji books, interior, cooking material, clothing and everything else you can think of.
The best restaurants in Osaka – according to me
- Zuboraya is one of the most famous pufferfish / fugu restaurants. Pufferfish are considered a delicacy in Japan, often eaten raw as sashimi or cooked in soups. But if the fish are not carefully prepared they can be deadly.
The best hotels in Osaka – according to me
I stayed at capsule hotel New Japan (men only) which was actually a great base for your explorations of Osaka. It’s pretty much a men’s club meets capsule hotel meets spa and sauna.
The best coffee in Osaka – according to me
- Saturdays Surf NYC is a hipster surf bar meets coffee bar.
- Mel Coffee Roasters has some of the best coffee I had in Japan.
- Kiki & Lala cafe is a tea and cake cafe in the city center which has hordes of Japanese queueing up.
The best place to get some work done
- Tsutaya books has a Starbucks cafe, plenty of books and plenty of space for work stations.
The best place to go out for a run in Osaka – according to me
The best place to go out for a run is Osaka castle, without a doubt. A large green park with plenty of other runners. Consider running around sunset to get amazing views of the castle around sunset.
I also did a run with the local Asics run club along the Yodo river which was a really nice omakase experience actually.
What are the best tips for Osaka – according to you?