Osaka Honmachi, Higobashi, Tenmabashi
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Higobashi

Leach Bar - Bar: Higobashi
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
As behooves a dynamic metropolis, Osaka knows its drink. And long before the advent of the Irish pub there was The Leach Bar. A 1960s homage to Japanese folk craft, The Leach eschews wainscot for...
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
Beer Belly - Beer bar: Higobashi
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Sat 3-10, Sun 3-8) daily. ]
Minoh Beer is a craft brewery a bit north of Osaka city, and this centrally located taproom serves a line-up of their regular beers (including their excellent W-IPA) plus a few limited-edition...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Sat 3-10, Sun 3-8) daily. ]
Blue Line - Coffee shop: Higobashi
[ Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 10-7). Closed holidays. ]
Single-origin pour-over coffees are the specialty at this tiny shop - you can choose from two different coffee farms in Costa Rica and one in Honduras, or go for their house blend. They also serve...
[ Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 10-7). Closed holidays. ]
Dolphins (Higobashi) - Belgian rest/beer bar: Higobashi
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
A good selection of Belgian beers and budget-friendly food items can be found in this branch of the popular Osaka beer-bar chain.
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Saboten Shokudo - Curry: Higobashi
[ Open 11:30am-3, 6-9pm. Closed Sundays. ]
The prize-winning Japanese curries served are rich and complex in flavor, made with a mix of Indian spices added to a meaty European-style stock. The deep-fried beef cutlet in the gyukatsu curry has...
[ Open 11:30am-3, 6-9pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters - Cafe: Higobashi
[ Open 11am-7pm (LO) daily. ]
A combination wine retailer and espresso bar, Takamura provides a spacious and comfortable sofa-furnished area at the front of the shop where you can enjoy espresso beverages or wine by the glass,...
[ Open 11am-7pm (LO) daily. ]

Yodoyabashi, Kitahama

Barrel - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yodoyabashi
[ Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
Good, authentic Belgian cuisine and a nice assortment of Belgian beers, including several on tap.
[ Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
Carbon - Spanish: Yodoyabashi
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
A sophisticated, stylish dining spot with serious Spanish food. The emphasis is on the grill, and there's also a good selection of tapas-style snacks plus nice wines (starting at around Y4500). ...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
El Poniente - Spanish: Kitahama
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Paellas and other hearty Spanish fare; from the same management as Carbon, but in a more down-to-earth setting. The dining room is big and comfortable, with a view out over the river towards...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Yellow Ape Craft - Beer bar: Kitahama
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays. ]
Thirty beers, mostly Japanese craft beers, are served on tap here along with bar snacks like pizza. The Y320 table charge includes a small appetizer.
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays. ]
Brooklyn Roasting Company - Coffee shop: Kitahama
[ Open 8am-7:30pm daily. ]
This comfortable Kitahama-area cafe offers nice espresso beverages and a few pastries, along with a pleasant river view from the spacious deck out back. A flower shop occupies part of the space and...
[ Open 8am-7:30pm daily. ]
El Poniente Gozo - Spanish: Kitahama
[ Open 3pm-2:30am (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Another jewel in the El Poniente Spanish-food empire, this is a more casual tapas-bar setup, an easy spot to grab a glass of wine and a snack after work.
[ Open 3pm-2:30am (LO). Closed Sundays. ]

Honmachi

Mimiu - Japanese regional: Honmachi
[ Open 11:30am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays. ]
This main branch of one of Osaka's most famous traditional restaurants specializes in udon sukiyaki and other noodle dishes, tempura, and seasonal fish and vegetables. Prices are quite reasonable,...
[ Open 11:30am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Painduce - Bakery: Honmachi
[ Open 8am-7pm. Closed Sundays. ]
French-style pastries and fresh breads from this neighborhood bakery; there's also a miniscule cafe attached if you want to stop for coffee.
[ Open 8am-7pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Dolphins - Belgian rest/beer bar: Honmachi
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm daily. ]
The Sekaisuji-Honmachi outpost of Dolphins is the "beer bistrot" branch, with a basic food menu and a large selection of Belgian beers.
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm daily. ]
Garage 39 - Beer bar: Honmachi
[ Open 5pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
The fifteen taps at this relatively spacious beer bar serve up a mix of Japanese and US craft beers, with US pints selling for Y950. The food is also good.
[ Open 5pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Yoshino Zushi - Sushi: Honmachi
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed weekends. ]
Established in the 1840s, Yoshino is the place to go for Osaka-style sushi. Set meals are Y2000-5000, with sushi kaiseki service priced at Y3600-10,000.
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed weekends. ]
Hard Rock Cafe - Burgers: Honmachi
[ Open 11:30am-midnight daily. ]
The downtown Osaka branch of this lively tourist spot serves up good burgers and fries along with the music.
[ Open 11:30am-midnight daily. ]

Tenmabashi

Nakai - Yakitori: Tenmabashi
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Good yakitori and Belgian beers, from the Dolphins chain of Belgian beer bar-restaurants. Budget around Y3000-3500 for dinner and drinks.
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
B and G Nicholson - Beer bar: Tenmabashi
[ Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Oversized Utsunomiya-style gyoza (fried pork dumplings) are one of the draws at this cozy craft-beer bar, from the same management of the nearby Harenohi bar and the legendary (now defunct) Q-Brick. ...
[ Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Le Pont de Ciel - French: Tenmabashi
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Fancy French dining with a great view - the menu was designed by Michelin 3-star chef Guy Martin, with fellow Parisian chef Pierre Gay running the kitchen. Dinners start at Y7350, lunches Y3150.
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]

Tanimachi 4-chome

Harenohi - Beer bar: Tanimachi 4-chome
[ Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
Six US craft beers on tap plus nice Utsunomiya-style gyoza are served at this convivial beer bar. From the folks who brought us Q-Brick.
[ Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
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