Edited by Matthew Wears
To get a true taste for Japanese culture then you have to visit one of our izakaya, which is sort of bar, but they tend to serve some snack foods as well alongside the usual beers and sake. They’re really good places to meet locals as well, especially if you go to the ones that are a little bit off the beaten track, which is pretty much what I’m just about to show you on my list of top ten izakaya in Osaka that you have to try! Osaka is very famous for its great nightlife and at the heart of that is the humble izakaya. They’re lively places where people can just be themselves, you can wear what you want and be as loud as you want, which gives them a very pleasant atmosphere that you just don’t get in other Japanese restaurants. If I’m honest, I could probably make a list of the top fifty best izakaya in Osaka there are so many, so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to get just ten, but I will give it a go! Also, the term izakaya is quite broad, so you might find a couple of the entries on this list might not be what you’d usually expect from your traditional Japanese pub, but that’s ok, I’ve included them because you might find some of Osaka’s must eat food here that I really think you have to try.