What kind of town is Nakazaki-cho?
Nakazaki-cho, Osaka is an area located right next to Umeda. Cafes, restaurants, and general merchandise stores have opened in renovated old private homes in the residential area. Just walking through the maze of narrow alleys and lanes, you can feel the life and breath of the Japanese people who have lived here for centuries, and make new discoveries.
Recently, new cafes have been opening one after another in this nostalgic town, making it a hot area that is attracting the attention of young Japanese people.
Here are seven such cafes in Nakazaki-cho that we recommend!
１．Instagrammable! Popular Retro Sweets Cafe
Cafe Taiyou-no-tou main store
“Café Taiyou-no-tou Main store” is a pioneer of the retro café boom. Renovated from an old house in Nakazaki-cho, the café is popular among young people for its retro pop interior.
One thing you must photograph at the café is the cream soda!
Cream soda is a drink made of sweetened carbonated water topped with vanilla ice cream. The bright green “melon soda” is a staple of Japanese coffee shop menus, but Café Taiyou-no-tou offers seven different colors.
Be sure to try the pudding with its cute form.
2-3-12, Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
11-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
5-minute walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Nakazakicho Station
２．Relax and unwind.
Back alley restaurant Machunaga
Run by a cheerful owner on his own, “Back alley restaurant Machunaga” is a diner with many regular customers, including workers in nearby offices and students.
Entering the restaurant through the entrance with its unique paintings, you will find a comfortable space with a retro Showa-era atmosphere and a relaxed atmosphere.
The lunch menu includes pasta and roast beef bowls, in addition to the chef’s whimsical menu items such as fried chicken and stir-fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce.
Among them, the “Taco Rice,” which is the number one item on the repeat list, is a must-try!
Alcohol is also served and the restaurant is open until 22:00. Recommended for evening drinks, this restaurant is easy to use.
1-9-22, Nakazakinishi, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
10-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
10-minute walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Nakazakicho Station
３．Cafe with cats where you can enjoy a healthy lunch.
“Pipinera Kitchen” is a unique space that blends an old Japanese house with a classic European atmosphere.
The cats that live in the store roam around at will during business hours, and the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of this café is soothing.
Japanese-style rice with plenty of vegetables is available for lunch. It comes with a main meat dish, a small bowl of cooked rice, side dishes such as boiled egg and okara, cereal rice, and soup. The theme is based on dishes that are usually served in Japanese homes, so you can experience the Japanese way of life.
*Children under 15 years old are not allowed to enter the restaurant.
3-2-10, Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
2-minute walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Nakazakicho Station
４．A must for any bread lover--a fluffy egg sandwich!
Bakery Cafe Iseya
A bakery run by a former French chef, the café space is located on the second floor, where you take off your shoes and walk up the stairs. The warm atmosphere, as if you are visiting a friend’s house, will make you lose track of time and relax.
Among a wide variety of breads fragrant with domestic wheat, the most recommended menu item is the “Egg Sandwich” with a thickly baked egg sandwiched between two pieces of bread. This hearty sandwich combines lightly toasted bread with a fluffy egg, crisp raw vegetables, and a sauce made with French techniques.
There is also “Yakisoba bread,” which has long been popular in Japan.
Sweets such as “An Butter” and “Mont Blanc Toast” are also available.
4-1-1, Nakazakinishi, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
3-minute walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Nakazakicho Station
５．New York Diner for evening drinks and café use
“Diner PLUG” is a casual, stylish diner with a New York diner image.
The menu offers a wide variety of gutsy dishes such as tacos, pasta, and meat dishes, in addition to the popular New York street food chicken over rice. There are also many alcoholic beverages on the menu, including craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
At night, the restaurant has a slightly more mature atmosphere with gentle lights. We recommend using it as a café after dinner and ending the day with a cup of hand-drip brewed coffee.
1−8−3, Nakazakinishi, Kita Ward, Osaka [MAP]
8-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
６．Rainbow Latte is a novelty! Latte Art World Champion Produced Cafe
This is the first store in Japan, produced by world latte art champion Nobumasa Shimoyama, who was involved in the establishment of about 10 cafes in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, the holy land of cafes.
The restaurant’s interior is stylish and cozy with sophisticated simplicity!
The specialty coffees offered are Melbourne style and can be customized to your preference, including the type of beans and milk, espresso beans, amount of foam, and coffee temperature.
Rainbow-colored latte. A cup of latte art that stands out for its beauty!
The sweets are also of a high level, so please enjoy them with coffee.
1−6−9,Ukida, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
13-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
Right by Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Nakazakicho Station
７．A popular patisserie cafe that continues to create new sweets
“hannoc Nakazakicho” is a group of young talented patissiers who have trained at top hotels and famous patisseries. It is a patisserie café that is currently attracting the most attention.
At hannoc, patissiers freely express their sensibilities and create a series of new sweets that are like works of art.
Don’t miss the seasonally changing cakes, baked goods, and chocolates, as well as the elaborate drink menu that looks like a sweet treat.
Be prepared to wait in line to eat in, but you will still want to go to this cafe.
4−12, Banzai-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
12-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
Right by Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Nakazakicho Station