Updated: July 24, 2019
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Osaka's 10 Best Takoyaki (Octopus Balls)!

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Osaka is the birthplace of takoyaki, otherwise known as octopus balls. There are hundreds of takoyaki restaurants that you can try. Just to make your options a little easier, here's the list of the very best takoyaki joints in Osaka!

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Kukuru (くくる)

Just a 3-minute walk from Namba station, you will see an octopus signboard that stands out. If the sign doesn't grab your attention then maybe the long line of people waiting in front of this super famous takoyaki restaurant will! You've just arrived at Kukuru, one of Osaka's most iconic takoyaki restaurant.

Their original takoyaki called the 'bikkuri takoyaki' (the surprising takoyaki), has octopus' legs sticking out from the balls. Also, you should try their 'akashi yaki' which is slightly different from takoyaki, since you eat it with dashi (Japanese soup stock). You can have your takoyaki to go or you can have it inside the store too.

Wanaka (たこ焼道楽 わなか)

At around a 4 to 6-minute walk from Namba station, you can enjoy some authentic Japanese octopus balls with a crispy crust and a melty inside. The restaurant is called Wanaka and they're takoyaki is always freshly made with a hand-made copper plate. You can have them for take out or eat them in. Wakana is open from 8:30 AM during the weekends, so you can have their takoyaki for breakfast too; why not try to eat like a local while you're in Osaka!?

Hanadako (はなだこ)

This place is a small standing takoyaki joint that serves an impressive mountain of green onions with mayo on top of its takoyaki. It's located inside the 'Gourment Gai Alley' near the Umeda Station. There's often a pretty long line in front of the joint but don't get discouraged by it, as the service is very fast. The secret to their amazing takoyaki is that they cook them at a high temperature which results in balls that have a particularly hard crust and a creamy-textured inside.

Otako (道頓堀本家 大たこ)

About a 15-minute walk from Nihonbashi station, this place has been loved by Osaka people for a really long time. As their name 'Otako' (meaning big octopus) suggests, their octopus pieces are huge! This place was mentioned in the Michelin Guide too. Just try their takoyaki, and you'll be forever in love like the locals.

Takoyaki Yamachan (たこ焼 やまちゃん 本店)

According to Osaka people, Yamachan serves takoyaki that is authentically Osakan, which means very crispy on the outside and melty on the inside. Also, the difference is in their batter that contains their original soup that was simmered for four hours and gives the balls some extra deep tasting umami.

They also have other menu items such as okonomiyaki, yakisoba (fried noodles), etc, so this is a place to go to enjoy several famous foods from Osaka!

The restaurant is very close to Tennoji station, Abenohashi station and Tennojieki mae station.

Kogaryu (甲賀流 本店)

Kogaryu has a couple of sister branches across the city but this one is the most popular and it's also the original. It's located in the America Mura (American Town), just a 2-minute walk from the Yotsubashi Station. Their takoyaki is topped with a sweeter sauce than average and the harmony of the taste between that sauce and their special mayonnaise is said to be the reason why takoyaki fans find this joint to be one of the best in the city.

Aiduya (会津屋)

If you want to try an authentic takoyaki, this place is it. You can either eat in or have them for take out. This place is actually where takoyaki was born! Yes, they are the actual originator of the now so famous and iconic cuisine so you have to give them special consideration for that. What distinguishes Aiduya from other takoyaki places is that their takoyaki balls are smaller compared to other places, plus their takoyaki are super tasty as is, and are said to be best enjoyed without sauce.

Ganso Ajiho (元祖 味穂)

Ganso Ajiho is another joint located in the America Mura. It has a super friendly vibe. You can walk in alone and you'll feel welcomed as people around you will squeeze in to let you have a seat. You can order the standard takoyaki with mayo and green onions, which is good, but what you should probably try is their plain takoyaki served with a savoury dipping sauce. The takoyaki here are served piping hot but the sauce is cold so it's a good match.

Umaiya (うまい屋)

Umaya has been a locals' favourite since it opened in 1953. The secret to their longevity is just reliably great takoyaki done authentically. They're crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and the batter has a nice taste of ginger that distinguishes these takoyaki from others.

Many locals order 8 or 12 balls with a ¥500 beer or two.

The restaurant is located near the Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome station.

Takoriki (たこりき)

Takoriki has earned the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand award for being a tasty and affordable place to eat.

Takoriki restaurant's basic takoyaki is ¥1,000 for 14, which is a bit more expensive than average but still of great value, and features Japanese-caught octopus from nearby Ise. There are some other interesting and delicious items on the menu, such as the 'Salty Cheese Takoyaki' and the 'Takoyaki Gratin.' At night time, the owner turns the shop into a fancier bistro, and serves various original dishes and wine.

If you're looking to try all of the best takoyaki in Osaka, this place has to be on your list.

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