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Suginotama - Kushiage: Shin-Osaka
[ Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Suginotama is a serious sake bar with an impressive selection of limited-edition seasonal bottles, produced by craft breweries around the country. The sake is served in smaller, 90ml tasting-size...
[ Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Keller Keller Cave - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shin-Osaka
[ Open 10:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
If you're in the mood for a Belgian beer before you catch your train, this small branch of the Keller Keller chain serves a couple dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, mostly in the Y1000-1200 range,...
[ Open 10:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
San Marco - Curry: Shin-Osaka
[ Open 10:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
This branch of the popular Kansai-based Japanese curry chain is conveniently located for a quick snack before you catch the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka station. Popular items include "European-style"...
[ Open 10:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]

Tenjinbashi, Tenma, Kyobashi

Neko no Jikan Kita-honten - Cat cafe: Tenjinbashi
[ Open 11am-9pm (Sun, Mon -7pm) daily. ]
Maybe it was just a matter of the time of day we were there, but "Time for Cats" seems like one of the sleepiest cat cafes we've ever visited. Main activities here seem to be a) napping, and b)...
[ Open 11am-9pm (Sun, Mon -7pm) daily. ]
Doll Dress - Beer bar: Tenma
[ Open noon-11:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays. ]
Perhaps worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood, this oddly decorated, under-the-tracks bar stocks around 200 Belgian beers. As with any small bar with a large stock, it doesn't hurt to check...
[ Open noon-11:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays. ]
Standing Beer Bar 1020 - Beer bar: Tenma
[ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Located in a mini-shopping arcade just off a main shopping arcade in busy Tenma, this tiny standing bar has room for around six or seven customers at a time. The six taps represent Japanese craft...
[ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Tenma
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 3pm-) daily. ]
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 3pm-) daily. ]
Beer Belly Tenma - Beer bar: Tenma
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
Fourteen taps, including four hand pumps, all dispense beers from Osaka's Minoh Brewery at this spacious company-run taproom. The food menu is decent, with a wide range of tapas dishes. It's...
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
Hogoken Cafe - Animal cafe: Tenma
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
This flagship branch of the Hogoken group of rescue-dog cafes is an engaging place, full of friendly, enthusiastic dogs that are happy to meet new visitors. Grab a spot on one of the sofas, order a...
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
Hathor - Beer bar: Kyobashi
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
Kyobashi may be off the beaten track for Osaka craft-beer bar denizens, but this cozy neighborhood spot is worth checking out if you're anywhere nearby. There's a big tap list, including eight...
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]

Minami Morimachi

Fukuro no Mise - Bird cafe: Minami Morimachi
[ Open noon-8pm. Closed Mondays. ]
If you're looking for an alternative to the usual cat cafe, Fukuro no Mise ("The Owl Shop") lets you hang out and interact with the shop's two dozen resident owls. Admission is Y1500 for a 50-minute...
[ Open noon-8pm. Closed Mondays. ]
Kyubei - Sushi: Minami Morimachi
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily. ]
A branch of the long-established, highly regarded sushi shop in Ginza that invented gunkan-maki (sushi wrapped in nori strips, "battleship" style). Set menus at dinnertime are priced Y6,825-24,150....
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily. ]

Tennoji

Bruno - Curry: Tennoji
[ Open 10am-9:30pm daily. ]
This branch of the beloved Umeda-based curry shop is located in the basement of the Abeno Harkiss complex, and offers a smaller selection of curries than the main branch. Beef tongue is a favorite...
[ Open 10am-9:30pm daily. ]
Rikyu - Japanese regional: Tennoji
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. ...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Iruri - Kushiage: Tennoji
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Kushiage restaurants are one of the attractions of the very down-to-earth bar zone around Shinsekai's Tsutenkaku Tower, and there are a lot to choose from. But while other shops are content to serve...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]

Taisho

TNT Bar - Beer bar: Taisho
[ Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
This extremely informal, charmingly scruffy bar has one of the most impressive selections of US craft beers by the bottle that we've seen in town, usually with more than 100 to choose from. Most...
[ Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]

Universal Studios

Aen Table - Japanese: Universal Studios
[ Open 11am-4, 5-11pm daily. ]
A healthy Japanese buffet is the unusual concept here - all you can eat of seasonal hors appetizers and side dishes, salads and original desserts, plus rice and miso soup. Y1800 before 5pm, Y2500...
[ Open 11am-4, 5-11pm daily. ]
Bubba Gump Shrimp - American: Universal Studios
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Okay, so it's a silly theme restaurant based on a movie, but it certainly fits in with the overall experience at Universal Studios. The food isn't bad, they have unusual cocktails, and if you don't...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Hard Rock Cafe - Burgers: Universal Studios
[ Open 10am-10pm daily. ]
Loud music, souvenir t-shirts, and some pretty good hamburgers at this ubiquitous international tourist stop.
[ Open 10am-10pm daily. ]
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Universal Studios
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]

Osakako

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho - Retail: Osakako
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
While it doesn't demand a special trip across town on its own, this mini-food theme park is worth a stop if you're off to the nearby aquarium or Suntory Museum. Eighteen quaint little shops sell...
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
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