28. Local knowledge
Designed to promote local food, the mixed-use space Shun Shoku Lounge (Umekita Plaza, 4-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku) features a striking interior created by celebrated architect Kengo Kuma from layered panels of wood. You can buy fresh produce and use touch screens to navigate local restaurants. The on-site staff can also make reservations at restaurants that can be hard for tourists to access by themselves.
29. Pure Zen
Find a selection of crafts and Japanese household items at Hitofushi (1-12-28 Kyomachibori, Nishi-ku; +81 6 6225 7675), from fine ceramics and simple pot scrubbers to chopsticks.
30. Chic street
Tachibana-dori, or Orange Street, is one of the city’s hippest shopping areas. Previously a furniture district, it’s now dotted with small boutiques and cafés. Don’t miss the stylish fashion, homewares and plants at Biotop (biotop.jp/osaka), which looks like a luxurious greenhouse. The rooftop café is a good lunch spot that offers fresh juices and organic pizzas.