EAT + DRINK

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16. Lazy river

On the river­front over­look­ing the noble stone lions of Naniwa Bridge, Moto Cof­fee (shelf-key­bridge.com/ mo­to­cof­fee) is a peace­ful spot to re­lax with a good cof­fee or pot of tea. Sit on the deck in fine weather.

17. Arty party

Cool base­ment gallery and bar The Buggy (the­buggy.jp) is filled with pop art by the owner, a lo­cal artist known only as Buggy. Set over two lev­els, it feels like a New York loft but the friendly staff, good food and rea­son­able prices are very Osaka.

18. Se­cret eats

The Ura-Namba, or “se­cret” Namba, area is a maze of tiny eater­ies and bars. To­rame Yoko­cho (2-3-15 Sen­nichi­mae, Chuo-ku) is marked by a big red torii gate that leads to nine small restau­rants serv­ing Osakan spe­cial­ties amid a nos­tal­gic 1950s at­mos­phere. Grab a seat at any counter and ask for an English menu. It’s cheap, noisy fun.

19. Ex­quis­ite wa­gashi

Try tra­di­tional sweets made from mochigome (gluti­nous rice) at Mochishou Shizuku (1-17-17 Shin­machi, Nishi-ku; +81 6 6536 0805) in a Zen con­crete and tim­ber space. Chef Yoshi­hiro Ishida’s jewel-like cre­ations make the per­fect gift. Or en­joy your se­lec­tion in the shop with a cup of green tea.

20. The essentials

For many of us, wine and cof­fee are sta­ples. Taka­mura Wine & Cof­fee Roast­ers (taka­mu­ranet. com) sup­plies both in an airy ware­house space. Get a cof­fee and snack while you pe­ruse more than 2000 wines from around the world, along with lo­cally made jams and sauces.

21. Retro bites

Vir­tu­ally un­changed since it opened in 1946, the Amer­i­can (1-7-4 Do­ton­bori, Chuo-ku) fea­tures chan­de­liers, a sweep­ing stair­case and booth seat­ing trimmed in brass and mother-of-pearl. Staff in crisp uni­forms could be movie ex­tras but the real drama is in the en­tic­ing glass dis­play cases loaded with cakes at this charm­ing café.

22. Cre­ative hub

In Nakaza­ki­cho, a neigh­bour­hood pop­u­lar with cre­ative types, you can wan­der nar­row streets, vis­it­ing gal­leries and ate­liers in con­verted homes. The best place to start is Sa­lon de AManTO (amanto.jp/ english), a café where lo­cal artists meet and work.

24. Haute chicken

Ishii (2-3-23 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku; +81 6 4797 1129) serves a stylish take on yak­i­tori (grilled chicken). Qual­ity Ku­mano chicken and the best char­coal en­sure suc­cu­lent bites at this Miche­lin-starred restau­rant. Or­der by the stick or, if you can’t de­cide, opt for a set course.

25. Tea time

Savour a cup of green tea at the Omote­nashi Cafe at Wad (wad-cafe.com). The English menu ex­plains the sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween each tea blend. Pair your cho­sen brew with a del­i­cate sweet then check out the gallery of lo­cal art and crafts up­stairs.

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