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Here are a few notable food markets, imported grocery stores and well-stocked wine shops in the Kansai area.

Osaka

Osaka: Honmachi -- Painduce. 06-6205-7720
French-style pastries and fresh breads from this neighborhood bakery; there's also a miniscule cafe attached if you want to stop for coffee.
Awajimachi 4-3-1. Open 8am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
Osaka: Honmachi -- Paul. 06-6263-0212
Excellent sandwiches, breads and pastries from this French bakery; there's also a spacious cafe behind the shop. (Paul also has retail branches in Daimaru and Hanshin department stores.)
SunHonmachi 2-3-14. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Osaka: Honmachi -- Vita Bien. 06-4703-3083
This tiny "bio and slow tea house" sells organic Swiss chocolates, German herbal teas, Austrian jams and honeys, and a few toys and knick-knacks.
Utsubo-Honmachi 1-14-11. Open 11am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
Osaka: Kita-Horie -- Shimada Shoten. 06-6531-8119
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 many koshu (aged sakes). Tasting-size glasses are just Y200 each, and the only food is chunky miso from Wakayama and umeboshi (also Y200 each).
Itachibori 3-5-1. (1 blk E of Itachibori 3-minami crossing) Open 9am-7pm (6pm Sat). Closed Sundays.
Osaka: Namba -- Yamaya. 06-6644-0531
Discount wines and liquors, plus a miscellaneous assortment of imported foods.
SunMinatomachi 1-4-1, O-Cat Mall 3F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Osaka: Osakako -- Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho. 06-6576-5501
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 everything from sembei crackers and roast chestnuts to gyoza, takoyaki and onigiri.
SunKaigandori 1-1-10, Tempozan Harbor Village, Market Place 1F. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Osaka: Umeda -- Seijio Ishii. 06-6486-2960
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 liquors.
SunShibata 1-1-3, Hankyu Sanbangai Minamikan B2F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Osaka: Umeda 1-chome -- Craft Beer Base Seed @Hanshin. 06-6345-1201
Located in the liquor section of Hanshin department store's food hall, this outlet of the Western-Umeda beer shop offers around 100 craft beers and Belgian beers for sale. Prices are slightly higher than at the main shop, about ten minutes away.
SunUmeda 1-13-13, Hanshin Department Store B1F. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Osaka: Umeda 1-chome -- Hanshin Department Store. 06-6345-1201
One of Umeda's biggest food floors is located in the basement of Hanshin.
SunUmeda 1-13-13. Open 10am-8:30pm daily.
Osaka: Umeda 2-chome -- Enoteca. 06-6343-7175
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 there are usually a dozen wines (mostly French) ready to pour at any given time. Tasting sizes (100ml) start at Y550.
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza 2F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.

Kobe

Kobe: Kitano -- Kobe Grocers. 078-221-2838
This small corner store looks like it's been transported from small-town America circa 1950. The shelves are jam-packed with American and European brands seldom seen in Japanese grocery stores.
SunNaka-Yamate-dori 2-19-2. Open 10am-7:30pm daily.
Kobe: Kitano -- Kobe Halal Food. 078-241-1286
This Halal grocery store is a good place to find Indian and south Asian spices as well as various prepared foods.
SunNaka-Yamate-dori 2-17-3. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Kobe: Kitano -- Rote Rose Wine Shop. 078-222-3200
A German wine specialty shop with more than 300 varieties in stock; downstairs is a large wine bar and restaurant.
SunKitanocho 4-9-14. (on Tor Road, N of Yamamoto-dori, after it's wound to the right and then to the left) Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Kobe: Sannomiya south -- Sogo Department Store. 078-221-4181
The basement food floor, right next to the station, is one of the better places to find a selection of local food products.
SunOnoe-dori 8-1-8. (just S of JR Sannomiya station) Open 10am-8pm daily.

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Updated 7/17/2014
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