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Shinsekai Food Guide: Where and What to Eat in Shinsekai, Osaka

Shinsekai is known for its narrow alleys, traditional architecture, and lively nightlife scene. If you are wondering where and what to eat in Shinsekai, check out our Shinsekai Food Guide to help you out.

Located in the district of Namba, Osaka, Shinsekai was built in the early 20th century as a red-light district. Over the years, Shinsekai has become a popular tourist destination in Osaka for its unique traditional structures and connected streets lined with pubs, bars, and restaurants.

One of the most visited points of interest in Shinsekai is the Tsutenkaku Tower, which has become the district’s symbol. Built in 1912, Tsutenkaku Tower is reminiscent of France’s Eiffel Tower, except you can take an elevator to see Osaka from a 360-degree angle.

Whether you are out partying or exploring the depths of Shinsekai, don’t forget to get a taste of Shinsekai’s best restaurants. Here are the best foods to eat in Shinsekai and where you can find them:

1. Kushikatsu at Yaekatsu

Kushikatsu are deep-fried skewers made from batter-coated meat, fish, or vegetables. Yaekatsu is one of the most popular places in Osaka to get kushikatsu. Be warned—they often have long lines of customers waiting. And no double dipping, please!

  • Price: From 130 yen

  • Hours: 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM (closed on Thursdays)

  • Phone: +81 6-6643-6332

  • Location: 3-4-13, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

2. Takoyaki at Kankan

This takoyaki joint is your go-to place for anything takoyaki, a ball-shaped wheat flour batter filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. Their pricing is very reasonable, so don’t be afraid to indulge.

  • Price: From 450 yen

  • Hours: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

  • Phone: +81 6-6636-2915

  • Location: 3-5-16 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

3. Doteyaki at Nonkiya

If you are looking for specialty foods in Osaka, doteyaki is a must. This beef tendon stew slowly simmered in mirin (sweet sake), konjac, and miso. The first restaurant in Shinsekai you should visit is Nonkiya.

  • Price: From 250 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 12:00 MN (Mondays to Fridays)

  • Phone: +66 2-662-7899

  • Location: 3-4-13, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

4. Hotpot at Myodai Tsurukameya

Located near Tsutenkaku Tower, this izakaya is quite a popular place for hotpots. For anything comfy and cozy, head over to Myodai Tsurukameya. You can also try their kushikatsu, doteyaki, and teppanyaki.

  • Price: From 1,000 yen

  • Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM (Sundays to Thursdays), 24 hours (Fridays and Saturdays)

  • Phone: 06-6630-1515

  • Location: 2-5-2 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

5. Mixed Juice at Sennariya Coffee

Opened in 1948, the place that started the beverage that is now a staple across Japan, Sennariya Coffee is worth visiting to get the original mikkusu jusu or simply mixed juice. This blend of banana, ice, and other fruits is a nice treat after walking around Shinsekai. As a coffee shop, you should try their selection of coffee too!

  • Price: From 550 yen

  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 6:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays), 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Phone: +81 6-6645-1303

  • Location: 3-4-15 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

After a long day of walking around Shinsekai, you deserve to indulge in good food. We hope this list can help you!


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