Osaka cafes and bars
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This guide covers cafes, bars (including specialty craft-beer bars) and animal cafes.

Osaka cafes

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. ]
Cafe Absinthe - Mediterranean: Kita-Horie
[ Open 11:30am-3am (Fri, Sat -5am). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Absinthe cocktails are the specialty here; they also serve a nice, extensive menu of Greek/Mediterranean specialties all day long.
[ Open 11:30am-3am (Fri, Sat -5am). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Westwood Bakers - Cafe: Kita-Horie
[ Open 9am-8pm (LO) daily. ]
Attached to a popular bakery of the same name, this pleasant cafe offers pastries, sandwiches, pancakes and espresso beverages.
[ Open 9am-8pm (LO) daily. ]
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. ]
Meal Muji - Cafe: Namba
[ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
Like the Muji shop itself, Meal Muji is deceptively simple and always tasteful. The all-day cafeteria serves various "deli" dishes in small plates - Y780 for three items or Y930 for four, plus Y200...
[ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
Yukicharyo by Solviva - Cafe: Namba
[ Open 7:30am-10pm daily. ]
This is health food in an attractive cafe setting, with plenty of brown rice and soy milk. The extensive drinks list includes matcha cappucino, black sesame smoothies and plenty of Chinese teas;...
[ Open 7:30am-10pm daily. ]
Cafe Garb - Cafe: Shinsaibashi
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
A funky-casual cafe with outdoor seating (heated in the winter) and three stories of dining space; the second floor is fashioned after a European brasserie, and the top floor is a popular party...
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Planet 3rd - Cafe: Shinsaibashi
[ Open 7am-midnight daily. ]
A pleasant, trendy little cafe in the heart of Shinsaibashi with hip decor and a nice vibe. Unusual for Osaka, they serve an American breakfast plate from 7am-noon.
[ Open 7am-midnight daily. ]
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. ]
Amelie - French: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-3am daily. ]
The provincial cuisine of Bretagne (Brittany) is the specialty here, including some 40 varieties of galettes (savory buckwheat crepes). Lunch is served till 3pm, and in the evenings the bar is open...
[ Open 11:30am-3am 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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Wired Cafe Lucua - Cafe: Umeda
[ Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Decent food and a very lively atmosphere at this branch of the popular Wired Cafe chain. There is some terrace seating looking out over the Osaka Station City complex below.
[ Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Cafe Biblioteque - Cafe: Umeda 1-chome
[ Open 9am-11:30pm daily. ]
This hip little cafe with attached art-oriented bookstore is a relaxing place for a break from shopping in E-ma or nearby. There's a substantial, inexpensive food menu featuring quiche, stews and...
[ Open 9am-11:30pm daily. ]
Al Avis - Cafe: Umeda 2-chome
[ Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
A spacious Italian-style cafe in the basement of Herbis Ent, serving panini sandwiches during the day, and wine, cocktails and light dishes after work.
[ Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Roll Madu - Cafe: Umeda 2-chome
[ Open 10am-11pm daily. ]
Given their prime location at the underground entrance to the splashy Herbis Ent complex, Roll Madu would probably be full if they only sold coffee in styrofoam cups. Instead they offer a nice...
[ Open 10am-11pm daily. ]

Osaka coffee shops

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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Link - Coffee shop: Shinsaibashi
[ Open 9am-10pm. Closed Mondays. ]
Serious gourmet coffee from around the world, in a stylishly modern coffeehouse that wouldn't look out of place anywhere in North America.
[ Open 9am-10pm. Closed Mondays. ]

Osaka animal cafes

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. ]
Nyantsume - Cat cafe: Namba
[ Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Mondays. ]
The scrapbook introducing Nyantsume's twenty resident cats is unusually detailed - not only do you learn each cat's breed and birthday, but English-language descriptions like "sensitive," "innocent"...
[ Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Mondays. ]
Hogoneko Cafe - Cat cafe: Nipponbashi
[ Open 1-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Wednesdays. ]
This is the first all-cat branch of the Hogoken group of rescue-dog cafes, and the fifteen or so cats in residence here are all available for adoption. The shop follows the usual cat-cafe system -...
[ Open 1-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Usayu - Rabbit cafe: Osaka
[ Open 1-7pm (last entry 6pm). Closed Wed, Thu. ]
Much more comfortable and spacious than other rabbit cafes we've been to, this charming suburban shop is spread out over three rooms and organized into nine separate rabbit play areas, so visitors...
[ Open 1-7pm (last entry 6pm). Closed Wed, Thu. ]
Gurugurudo - Cat cafe: Shinsaibashi
[ Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays. ]
This Shinsaibashi cafe has ten resident cats of various breeds as well as some exotic "guest" cats. The menu offers cake, coffee, tea and chai as well as cocktails and Singha beer. The cover charge...
[ Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays. ]
Neko no Jikan Amemura - Cat cafe: Shinsaibashi
[ Open 11am-9pm (Sun, Mon -7pm) daily. ]
The second branch of one of Osaka's longest-running cat cafes, with 21 cats on staff in a pleasantly decorated, modern space. Admission is Y1100 per hour on weekdays and Y1200 on weekends and...
[ Open 11am-9pm (Sun, Mon -7pm) daily. ]
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. ]
Hogoken Cafe - Animal cafe: Tenma
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]
Hogoken in Tenjinbashi, the original branch of this 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...
[ Open 11am-8pm daily. ]

Osaka craft beer bars

Molto!! Fukushima - Beer bar: Fukushima
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
Molto's Fukushima branch stands out among Osaka's many craft-beer bars for its excellent food - a selection of a dozen or so home-made artisanal sausages alongside a full menu of casual Italian...
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
Pogo - Beer bar: Fukushima
[ Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays. ]
One of a growing number of craft-beer bars in the Fukushima neighborhood, this attractively appointed two-story bar offers eight taps dispensing both Japanese and imported brews. Service is...
[ Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Fujiyama - Beer bar: Kita-Horie
[ Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily. ]
Billing themselves as a "meat beer bar," Fujiyama delivers on both food and drink fronts, with an excellent selection of craft beers alongside a meat-focused food menu. The bar's six taps dispense...
[ Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily. ]
Kamikaze - Beer bar: Kita-Horie
[ Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays. ]
The 23 taps at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze serve mostly Japanese craft beers, with a few US imports as well. Food and service are good, but it can get crowded during busy times and seating can be...
[ Open 5pm-1am. 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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Lingua World Cafe - Beer bar: Tanimachi 9-chome
[ Open 10am-10pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Tuesdays. ]
The menu here promises sandwiches (grilled cheese, roast chicken), poutine (!) and craft beers, and while there are only a couple of taps, Lingua does offer an excellent selection of canned and...
[ Open 10am-10pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Tuesdays. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Craft Beer Base Bud - Beer bar: Umeda 1-chome
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily. ]
A lively, very down-to-earth craft-beer bar, Bud offers an inspired selection from their eight taps - generally four brews from the US and two each from Japan and Europe. All pints are priced at...
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily. ]

Osaka Belgian and other beer bars

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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Keller Keller - Belgian rest/beer bar: Namba
[ Open 10am-9:45pm (LO) daily. ]
Conveniently located next to the Namba subway station, Beer's Table Keller Keller carries a couple dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, mostly priced around Y970-1240. There are also a few common...
[ Open 10am-9:45pm (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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Flanders Tale - Belgian rest/beer bar: Umeda 2-chome
[ Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Nine Belgian beers on draft and many more by the bottle are served at this sprawling pub-restaurant. The food menu includes Belgian standards like mussels and frites, plus teppan-grilled meats and...
[ Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]

More Osaka bars

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. ]
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. ]
Covent Garden - Bar: Kita-Horie
[ Open noon-4pm, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays. ]
A big bar serving good hamburgers and lunchtime sandwiches; they even have poutine, that mysterious French-Canadian dish involving fried potatoes, cheese and gravy. There's a games room in the back,...
[ Open noon-4pm, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays. ]
Shimada Shoten - Liquor shop: Kita-Horie
[ Open 9am-7pm (6pm Sat). Closed Sundays. ]
Beneath this ordinary-looking sake shop - through a hole in the floor and down a narrow ladder - is a hidden sake tasting cave with a big selection of premium sake from around the country, including...
[ Open 9am-7pm (6pm Sat). Closed Sundays. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
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. ]
Enoteca - Liquor shop: Umeda 2-chome
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Enoteca's wine bar corner is a convenient place to stop for a quick glass or two and a small snack to nibble on. Food includes wine-friendly fare like smoked duck, beef carpaccio, and cheese, and...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
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