Dotonbori, Osaka’s iconic food street, is a culinary paradise brimming with mouthwatering delights. Here are five must-visit eateries to make your Dotonbori experience unforgettable.

Kushikatsu Daruma

Just a quick drive from Travelodge Honmachi Osaka — an ideal choice among hotels near Kansai Airport — Kushikatsu Daruma is a local favourite for kushikatsu. This popular restaurant serves delicious deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables, perfect for a hearty meal.

Chibo Okonomiyaki Restaurant

No visit to Osaka is complete without trying okonomiyaki, a savory grilled pancake. Chibo, a beloved chain with branches worldwide, offers a special treat at its Dotonbori branch — the Dotonboriyaki. This unique okonomiyaki is a must-try for any food lover.

Kani Dōraku

A landmark in Dotonbori, Kani Dōraku is famous for its giant moving red crab sign. This restaurant specialises in crab dishes, offering everything from sushi and tempura to boiled, simmered, and grilled crab. It’s a seafood lover’s paradise.

Dotonbori Imai Honten

For a taste of tradition, visit Dotonbori Imai Honten. With over seven decades of history, this modest restaurant stands out among the flashy eateries with its traditional Japanese building and signature willow tree, Yoimachiyanagi. Their udon dishes are a comforting, authentic delight.

Takoyaki Dōraku Wanaka

Takoyaki Dōraku Wanaka – Image via Flickr

No Dotonbori food adventure is complete without takoyaki, Osaka’s famous octopus balls. Takoyaki Dōraku Wanaka, a well-known chain, offers some of the best in the area. These savory grilled balls, topped with delicious sauces, are a must-have snack.