Osaka Hankyu Umeda area
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This guide covers the section of Umeda northwest, north, and east of Hankyu Umeda station. The area just west of Midosuji is covered in the JR Osaka station and south section, and further west (Herbis Ent, etc.) is covered in the Umeda 2-chome.
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Shin-Umeda City

Amadeus - International: Umeda
[ Open 6:30am-11pm daily. ]
This bright and airy dining room offers a far more interesting menu than the typical hotel coffeeshop, with many organic and vegetarian dishes in the "Nature Cuisine" section. There's also a popular...
[ Open 6:30am-11pm daily. ]
Malaysia Boleh - Malaysian: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (bar to 2am) daily. ]
A melange of South East Asian flavours, design and attitude with a Japanese twist. Dinner for two, with drinks, is around 6,000 yen.
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (bar to 2am) daily. ]
Craft Beer Base - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
This tiny standing beer bar attached to a retail liquor shop has only four taps, but they change fairly often. However the real reason to come here is their amazing selection of 200-300 bottled...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Kushi no Bo - Kushiage: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Reliable deep-fried meat and seafood skewers from this Tokyo-based shop. Budget around Y5,000 at night, Y1,000 at lunchtime.
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]

Grand Front, Ofukacho

Cante Grande - Indian: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
This branch of Osaka's popular chain of Indian-inspired cafes offers simple curries, chapati wraps, chai, and desserts like sugar cheese toast. Indian fabrics hung from the glass walls add a cozy...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Il Ghiottone - Italian: Umeda
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Serious, modern Italian dining from Kyoto's highly regarded Il Ghiottone restaurant. Prix-fixe menus are priced at Y3,780-10,800 in the evening, and wines start at around Y6000 per bottle.
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Meal Muji - Cafe: Umeda
[ Open 10am-9pm daily. ]
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
[ Open 10am-9pm daily. ]
Sawara - Oden: Umeda
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5pm-3:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Sawara is one of the more stylish sake bars in town, with late-night hours (until 4am), a live DJ spinning dance music, and a panoramic nighttime view of the JR Osaka station area. You can sample a...
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5pm-3:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Soholm - Scandinavian: Umeda
[ Open 10am-10pm daily. ]
Located inside the Actus interior shop, this large cafe-restaurant serves an international menu that includes Scandinavian-style meatballs and various pastas and dessert items. Lunch is served until...
[ Open 10am-10pm daily. ]
World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
With more than 300 seats and several different bar counters and table areas, this sprawling complex is more like a world-beer theme park than a typical bar. The place is run by a beer importer, so...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Aux Bacchanales - French: Umeda
[ Open 9am-10pm daily. ]
A branch of the excellent Tokyo-based chain, Aux Bacchanales is known for their authentic casual French style and well-prepared cafe fare.
[ Open 9am-10pm daily. ]
Bincho - Unagi: Umeda
[ Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Nagoya-style grilled unagi eel is served here, grilled over only the finest binchotan charcoal and served with their own special low-salt tamari sauce. Hitsumabushi (a traditional Nagoya serving...
[ Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Dim Joy - Dim sum: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Chinese dim sum dumplings are served in a pleasant setting here; budget around Y1500 at lunchtime (served until 4:30pm) or Y3000 for dinner.
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Mango Tree Osaka - Thai: Umeda
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Better-than-average, accessible casual Thai cuisine from the Tokyo-based chain. There's a sumptuous lunchtime buffet priced at Y2500; budget around Y5000 at night. Six wines are served by the glass...
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Pan de Mere - French: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
The kitchen here turns out decent Bretagne-style galettes, with set lunches starting at around Y1200, or Y1500 with a crepe dessert. Budget around Y2500 at dinnertime.
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]

Chayamachi

Drunk Bears - Beer bar: Chayamachi
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO; 2am Fri/Sat) daily. ]
Bears serves more than 100 different beers from around the world, along with bar food like nachos, sausages, calamari, and fried chicken fajitas. The stand-up bar is open till 2am weekends; there's...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO; 2am Fri/Sat) daily. ]
Gumbo and Oyster Bar - Seafood: Chayamachi
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
The restaurant's name pretty much says it all - you'll find plenty of oyster varieties, champagne, seafood and a smattering of Cajun-style dishes. The two-story chrome-trimmed dining area is one of...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Wired Cafe Chayamachi - Cafe: Chayamachi
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain. Open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Chayamachi
[ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Katsukura prepares great Kyoto-style tonkatsu from good-quality pork, along with nice pickles and side dishes.
[ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Eve - Asian fusion: Chayamachi
[ Open 6-11:30pm (LO); Sat/Sun from noon daily. ]
Eve's unusual decor is fabulous and fun, with curtained-off private nooks, comfy sofas, a giant fishtank and inviting terrace seating. The music is appropriately cool, and the eclectic menu is...
[ Open 6-11:30pm (LO); Sat/Sun from noon daily. ]
La Boheme - Italian: Chayamachi
[ Open 11:30am-3:30am (LO) daily. ]
You'll find inexpensive but good-quality pastas, pizzas from a wood-fired oven and more substantial Italian fare at this popular Kanto-based chain. This wine list is similarly budget-friendly.
[ Open 11:30am-3:30am (LO) daily. ]
Monsoon Cafe - Misc. Southeast Asian: Chayamachi
[ Open 11:30am-3:30am (LO) daily. ]
"Healthy ethnic cuisine" is the theme at Monsoon Cafe, and you'll find dishes inspired by various Asian cuisines in a festive, resort-themed dining space.
[ Open 11:30am-3:30am (LO) daily. ]
Peko - Bar: Chayamachi
[ Open 6pm-2am (5am weekends) daily. ]
This quiet, well-hidden bar has plenty of space spread out over three floors, and they offer a good selection of whiskey and bourbon, cocktails and a few Japanese craft beers, as well as an...
[ Open 6pm-2am (5am weekends) daily. ]
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Chayamachi
[ Open 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink at dinnertime.
[ Open 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Dolphins Umeda - Belgian rest/beer bar: Chayamachi
[ Open noon-12:30am (LO) daily. ]
This conveniently located cafe is part of the popular chain of Osaka Belgian beer bars, and stocks around 100 beers, mostly from Belgium. Unfortunately the food menu is rather lackluster, and even...
[ Open noon-12:30am (LO) daily. ]
Nakai - Yakitori: Chayamachi
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
There are plenty of places in town to get some yakitori and beer, but the beers here are Belgian craft beers and the yakitori is made from free-range Tamba birds, an heirloom breed prized for its...
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]

Nakazakicho

Olivier Le Francois - French: Nakazakicho
[ Open noon-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Owner-chef Olivier imports a lot of his ingredients directly from his native France, and you'll find un-Japanese dishes like tripe, stewed rabbit, cous cous, and wine and cheese even at lunchtime....
[ Open noon-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Rajasthan - Sri Lankan: Nakazakicho
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
We're always happy when our waiter asks "Would you like that spicy?", and at Rajastan they don't pull their punches if you answer in the affirmative. Owner-chef Osto presents a full menu of fiery...
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Tooth Tooth Colors - Cafe: Nakazakicho
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
A big, sprawling, comfortable cafe under the train tracks and highway. The menu is varied and casual, and lunch is served to 3pm.
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]

Hankyu Umeda station area

Beer Stand Molto! - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open noon-2, 5-11:30pm daily. ]
A lively standing bar, conveniently located in the Hankyu Sanbangai station complex, Molto serves four craft beers on tap along with several dozen by the bottle. They also have around ten wines by...
[ Open noon-2, 5-11:30pm daily. ]
Bubutei - Takoyaki: Umeda
[ Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
This small shop serves takoyaki and akashiyaki (the Kobe-style version of the dish); take-out is available.
[ Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Seijio Ishii - Retail: Umeda
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Wines by the glass at very reasonable prices (Y300-550) at this informal stand-up wine counter in Hankyu Sanbangai. Inside, the Ishii shop sells imported foods, a large selection of wines and...
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Shabutei - Shabu-shabu: Umeda
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This casual shabu-shabu restaurant, located at the far end of the old-fashioned Kappa Alley restaurant complex under the Hankyu line tracks, offers decent-quality beef and pork at affordable prices...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Shisen Ramen (Sanbangai) - Chinese: Umeda
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Spicy Szechuan-style noodles at budget prices. The limited side-dish menu includes gyoza and kimchee fried rice.
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Takoume (bunten) - Oden: Umeda
[ Open 4-10pm (LO) daily. ]
The menu here is deep, with strange and unexpected variations on the oden theme - shiitake mushrooms, lotus roots, ginkgo nuts, oysters, plus a separate menu of whale delicacies. The ambience is...
[ Open 4-10pm (LO) daily. ]

Hankyu honten, Hankyu Grand

Izumi Curry - Curry: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun -9) daily. ]
This classic Japanese curry shop offers two dozen or so curry variations, and it's a great place to explore the nuances of this popular down-home cuisine. Izumi's curry roux is rich and quite spicy,...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun -9) daily. ]
Fugetsu - Okonomiyaki: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Besides the usual okonomiyaki variations, Fugetsu also serves grilled seafood - a combo of octopus tentacles, shrimp, squid and oysters is Y1050.
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Molto - Italian: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily. ]
Craft Beer House Molto is definitely the highest craft-beer bar in Osaka, offering a fine view of the city from its 31st-floor location. There's a full menu of Italian food (budget around Y4000 at...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily. ]
Nanya - Robatayaki: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
This lively little robata-style izakaya has friendly service and a good selection of grilled meat and fish to go with your drinks.
[ Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Toribun - Izakaya: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Toribun's specialty is shamo (a game bird) served raw, oven-roasted, and on skewers as yakitori. Y4000 covers a prix-fixe dinner, or you can order a la carte. Drinks include shochu and some sake.
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Tsukasa - Japanese regional: Umeda
[ Open 11:15am-8:50pm (LO) daily. ]
Regional "Tosa cuisine" is the draw here, including lots of great fish and seafood fresh from the Kochi side of Shikoku. Dinner with drinks averages around Y5000.
[ Open 11:15am-8:50pm (LO) daily. ]

Hep Navio area

Boteju - Okonomiyaki: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
This national chain prepares good-quality okonomiyaki, yakisoba, "modern-yaki", and interesting five-color "salads" of shredded vegetables. They also do a Hiroshima-style option. Take-out is...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Bruno - Curry: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Bruno brings you old-school retro curry-shop decor and a nice selection of Japanese curries - including squid - all at budget prices.
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Kushiya - Kushiage: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
All-you-can-eat deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables, plus assorted side dishes and desserts, will set you back Y2625 (or Y1575 at lunchtime). There's a two-hour limit, so don't dawdle over the...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Ippudo - Ramen: Umeda
[ Open 11am-3am daily. ]
Ippudo's Hakata-style ramen noodles, served in a surprisingly rich pork broth, draw the crowds here every night. It's worth the occasional wait.
[ Open 11am-3am daily. ]
Kuruma - Yakitori: Umeda
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily. ]
Miyazaki free-range chicken is the main ingredient at Kuruma, with chicken sukiyaki and chicken shabu-shabu supplementing the usual yakitori menu. The tasteful interior is plusher than what you'd...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily. ]

south of Hep Navio

Christon - Japanese: Umeda
[ Open 5pm-4am daily. ]
If you crave an environment of religious statuary, massive chandeliers and bordello-ready plush sofas when you dine out, we've got just the place for you. The over-the-top decor and late-night hours...
[ Open 5pm-4am daily. ]
Ajibiru Kashin - Shabu-shabu: Umeda
[ Open 5-10:15pm (LO) daily. ]
Beef shabu-shabu and sukiyaki are the specialties here, with all-you-can-eat deals from Y2300. You can also opt for mixed shabu-shabu (beef and pork) and crab shabu-shabu in season. They're ready...
[ Open 5-10:15pm (LO) daily. ]
Bacchus - Gay bar: Umeda
[ Open from 8pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Gay bars usually disdain flowers; this one embraces them. Could it be for the contrast they afford master Chanho-san's tattooed biceps? The internet can't compete with Chanho's generosity of spirit,...
[ Open from 8pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Bar The Farm - Italian: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-midnight. daily. ]
Cheese and vegetable cuisine is the theme at this attractive basement spot in the heart of Doyamacho. The dishes are fairly simple for the most part and nicely presented, focusing on the quality of...
[ Open 11:30am-midnight. daily. ]
Explosion - Gay bar: Umeda
[ Open 8pm-late (Sat 9pm- ) daily. ]
A well-established landmark in Osaka's gay community, Explosion operates as a bar during the week and turns into a club on Saturday nights. Note that they often have special events, so the crowd may...
[ Open 8pm-late (Sat 9pm- ) daily. ]
Frenz - Gay bar: Umeda
[ Open usually 8pm-2am daily. ]
A small but comfortable gay bar with a friendly Australian publician and a lively, mixed crowd - gay and straight, foreign and Japanese. Homesick Aussies may appreciate the selection of Villi's Meat...
[ Open usually 8pm-2am daily. ]
Marciero - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays. ]
The eight taps at this tiny bar here dispense a rotating selection of well-chosen craft beers, mostly from Japan, the US and Germany. Imperial pints are priced at Y1080. Open from 3pm weekends.
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Physique - Gay bar: Umeda
[ Open 8pm-2am daily. ]
One of Osaka's longest-running gay bars, under new management since 2014, Physique Pride Osaka attracts a diverse, international crowd.
[ Open 8pm-2am daily. ]
Taz-ya - Izakaya: Umeda
[ Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO; to 1am weekends). Open every day. ]
This small, nearly impossible-to-find izakaya in the back streets of Umeda has a warm and cozy atmosphere that instantly relaxes you when you walk in. It's the kind of place where you can drop in...
[ Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO; to 1am weekends). Open every day. ]
Tohoku Tabesa - Japanese regional: Umeda
[ Open 2pm-5am daily. ]
Kiritampo (toasted rice on skewers) from Akita, tongue stew from Sendai, and other dozens of other exotic specialties from the Tohoku region are the specialty at this lively izakaya. You'll also...
[ Open 2pm-5am daily. ]
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Umeda
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -3am) 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 (Fri, Sat -3am) daily. ]
En - Japanese: Umeda
[ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
The splashy modern-Japanese decor is all part of the fun at En, but the excellent food and sake are just as big a draw. It's all pretty straightforward izakaya standards - sashimi, grilled fish and...
[ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
Keller Keller Kranz - Belgian rest/beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
One of the more stylish branches of this Osaka Belgian bar chain, Keller Keller Kranz is located in the Fukoku Forest Square dining complex, accessible from the Whity underground shopping arcade. ...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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