Updated: November 07, 2018
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The Holy Trinity Of Osaka Street Food And Where To Eat The Best

Osaka City

Takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushikatsu are the most representative street foods of Osaka. Here is what they are and where to have the best in the city!

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Takoyaki is the ultimate street food of Osaka. These little balls are made with wheat batter in which octopus pieces are added. As a topping, you can add some sweet and savory sauce and some dried bonito fish flakes. You eat them with a toothpick. Takoyakis are popular all over Japan now but nothing compares to the ones of Osaka, the place where they originate. They are found virtually everywhere at street stalls and at restaurants.

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!


These little deep-fried skewers are nearly impossible not to like! Kushikatsu, also known as "kushiage", is also a dish that is very Osakan so make sure to try it while you are there. Kushikatsu skewers are made of all kinds of ingredients such as chicken and pork, vegetables, and even cheese. They are dipped in a soy-based sauce that is available at your table. The dipping sauces are not changed so a basic rule of any restaurant serving kushikatsu is to dip your skewer in the sauce only one time.


Okonomiyaki which is often compared to a big savory pancake is another unmissable street food you find everywhere in Osaka. The name "okonomi" means what you like, and "yaki" means cooked, hence there are no fixed rules about what you find in this pancake, you just cook what you like on a large iron plate! There are some standard ingredients, however, such as cabbage, pork, mochi, and the finishing toppings are a sweet and savory sauce, mayo and bonito fish flakes. You can find okonomiyaki at street stalls and at restaurants where you can sit down and enjoy making them yourself on the iron plate while you enjoy a cold beer (recommended for the best okonomiyaki experience!).

Here are some popular places for that local specialty.
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