If there’s one thing we did in Osaka… it’s GET FAT. Oh the food, the immaculate Japanese food. I miss it already! In today’s post, I’ll take you to some of the hidden and not so hidden places that Jack and I ventured to in search for coffee or the perfect ramen. There are soooo many things you can do in Japan, but we opted to spend our very first day food tripping and over dosing on caffiene. So if your likes are along the same lines as ours, hope you enjoy this post!
First stop- Orange Street. It’s an Indie spot filled with pedestrian walk ways and blocks of good coffee shops, indie eats and shops, electric car stations and fashionable people. We had the best coffee here!
Jack and I are coffee addicts and our main mission was to find pretty cafes with good drip coffee. We tried out BioTop first. The place was a greenhouse masterpiece! They had plants and herbs inside and outside the store, and sold Agatha and local brands (leather wallets, statement accessories, beauty products) in the connecting room.
Their servers were so chic too! Look at the pretty lady in black with the blunt bob. Define chic!!! She pulled it off so well. I kept taking photos of the place because I was so in love with it, and she was just staring at me. I could feel the judgement lol.
Urban Research is also a nice coffee shop (so I’ve read), but we didn’t get the chance to try it out. The place looks sooooo pretty though! It’s definitely on my must visit next time I find myself in Osaka!
Walking around Orange Street was a pure pleasure. There were so many things to discover, including this quaint Burger joint that I completely forgot the name of. Interesting fact- there are so many Burger spots in Japan! Jack had the Avocado burger (they have a lot of Avocado dishes too!), and I had the fish burger. It was soooo good! Especially with the BBQ Sauce!
Post eats, we find ourselves at Coffee shop number 2- Giracha Coffee. This we found by accident, but I must say- hands down the best coffee of my life. I don’t know if it was because I was freeeeezing my butt off and the warm latte perfectly warmed me up, or if it was just that hit of caffeine that made me wake up and shake my booty. Whatever it was though… it was DAMN GOOD.
Their baristas were so cool and indie too! The girl (not photographed) was sooo pretty and her english was awesome! She kept asking us about the Philippines while they made our coffee. Another cool fact about Giracha is that its a bicycle shop and coffee shop in one! So you can shop and get your daily dose together… if you ever needed to!
Walking around Orange Street also leads you to a pretty park where you can run around and take pretty snapchats lol. (Follow me: kryzzzie!) We found a lot of cute kids here and well, drank more coffee here!
We decided to brave the cold and walk to Shinsaibashi instead of taking the train, so we could see more of the city. The lights make the city look so alive and vibrant at night, don’t you think? Especially with the hoard of tourists snapping photos of the Glico running man. I don’t know why it’s so popular but everyone was on it!
On our search for the perfect Japanese Ramen, we found ourselves lining up outside Ichiran under the pouring rain. Was it worth it? Damn yes! It was indeed an experience! After a looooong super chilly wait, we finally got in and were asked to place our orders and pay in advance via vending machine. Then when we were led to our seats, we were amazed to find individual cubicles facing a wooden sliding window where they serve our orders! Definitely not your typical restaurant!
And for dinner, we walked off all that we ate and strolled to Dotonburi, which is just a few meters away from Shinsaibashi. There were soooo many food places and yummy street food there. All we did was randomly look for a restaurant with a long line outside and line up with the locals. That ended up with us having some Okonomiyaki and beer at a random place. It was a fun experience, but I do recommend saving this dish for sharing and ordering something less oily for personal consumption!
Can’t wait to share more about our fun Japan experience! Stay tuned!