Enjoy shopping at stylish towns, Horie - Minamisenba in Osaka
Umeda, Shinsaibashi, and Namba come to your mind when you think of center of Osaka, but if you extend your feet a bit more, you will find a fashionable town with cutting-edge fashion, cute goods, rare old clothes and more in the fashionable town, Horie – Minamisenba area. This time we will introduce you to the shopping and gourmet trip in the fashionable area of Osaka.
Totally different atmosphere from “Minami,” Osaka's biggest downtown area in just 15 minutes on foot!
It is about 15 minutes' walk from Shinsaibashi and Namba. There are a number of distinctive shops, which are different from famous megastores in “Horie” and “Minamisenba” area. Horie spreads over the Yotsubashi-suji and Naniwa-dori, and Minamisenba is located north from Nagahori-dori, which runs to the east and west from Horie area.
Especially, “Tachibana Street” that flourished as a street of furniture stores since the end of the Edo period about 150 years ago, began to attract attention as a new cultural center in Osaka from the latter half of the 1990s. Recently it is called “Orange Street,” and became a mecca for young people who are sensitive for fashion and trends since there are many cafes, boutiques and brands’ showrooms lined up.
Go to “Horie” if you are looking for unique and good taste items.
A Japanese leading fashion brand has opened a shop with a cafe in Minami-Horie.
This area has fewer people comparing to Umeda and Namba, so you can take your time to enjoy window shopping.
A popular variety goods store “ART HOUSE” in Horie exhibits and sells works of numerous creators and designers. Unique items such as accessories, postcards, picture books, etc. are displayed all over the store.
Exhibitions and workshops are held regularly in the gallery space on the 1st floor. There was a booth of “Inuta Inura” who handled dog's character products on our shooting day.
There is also a gallery space on the 2nd floor. Japan's upcoming artists who are attracting attention even overseas are exhibiting their works such as collages of paper cutting arts & torn-paper picture using masking tape. On the day we visited, “Tamura Miki · Fuminona Exhibition” was ongoing.
They also have plenty original picture books made by famous or obscure creators. Many of them can’t be found at ordinary bookstores, and are very popular among foreign visitors who look for Japanese unique and artistic souvenirs.
When you get tired walking around Horie where lots of small shops lined up, go to “Wa-cafe Nagaoka,” a Japanese-style café with a calm atmosphere. Why don't you relax and enjoy authentic green tea or carefully selected Japanese tea along with Japanese sweets?
The high flavored green tea(650 yen), and Kinako-mochi(450 yen), which is mochi (rice cake) with gentle sweetness dressed with domestic organic kinako and organic sugar are recommended.
Let's go back to shopping. Inside of an old building along the Yotsubashi-suji on the east side of Naniwa-suji, a shop climbing the spiral staircase is gaining popularity as a unique shop.
“shamua” is displaying and selling buyers’ pick antiques bought at flea markets in France. It makes you excited even just looking around the inside of the shop.
Owner's handmade sweets are also popular. You can taste French homemade strawberry sweets (420 yen).
One of the must-visit places for lunchtime is “Hokkyokusei,” a western-style restaurant representing Osaka. It is a pioneer western-style restaurant, which invented an omelet-rice in 1925. Not adding anything extra, and cherish for the taste of egg itself, the harmony of the blended rice with the tomato sauce which reduces the acidity can be tasted only here.
Enjoy the various Japanese-born “Western cuisine,” including the classic chicken omelet-rice (690 yen).
Go to Minamisenba for fashion!
Go up north on Yotsubashi-suji from the Horie area, and cross Nagahori-dori, which runs in east-west, you will reach Minamisenba area where old clothing stores and forefront apparel brand shops line up. It takes less than fifteen-minute by walk.
Minamisenba's popular select shop “Why are you here?” carries ladies' items on 1st floor and men's items on the 2nd floor.
The store has a message “arrived here unintentionally while looking for it.” A number of forefront brands from all over the world line up inside the store.
“MARE” carries clothing of a wide range of ages. Ladies’ items are mainly directly bought in the US, and men’s items are mainly domestic brands. This is one of the must-see shops in the Minamisenba.
Items selected by Mr. Okada who is a charismatic icon of the fashion world of Osaka lined up, and the store is favored by enthusiastic fans.
There is also a unique restaurant in this area. A popular new-wave ramen restaurant, “Tori Soba Zagin Niboshi-ten,” located ahead of crossing Midosuji.
This one with the perfect combination of smooth textured soup like potage, chewy noodles, fried burdock, barbeque pork and chicken, is a popular ramen among young people in particular.
If you want to eat a menu unique to Osaka, go to “Tako no Tsubo,” located ahead of the narrow underground. This is a unique and amusing restaurant where each table has an iron plate for cooking. Customers can cook your own Takoyaki and eat them at their tables.
If you ask, a professional staff will cook for you just in front of you. But your own cooked Takoyaki (12 pieces, 750 yen) is exceptionally tasty. In addition to Takoyaki, they also serve Okonomiyaki and Teppanyaki(BBQ), so you can enjoy the food culture of Naniwa at once.
Umeda, Shinsaibashi, and Namba are always attractive, but also check out the Horie and Minamisenba, which are Osaka’s fashionable area.
Please refer to the following information for the facilities introduced above.
●1-12-16, Kitahorie Nishi-ku, Osaka
●Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
“Wa cafe Nagaoka”
●2-9-1, Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka
●8:00-20:00 (LO 19:30)
●Oshukan 3F, 1-6-4, Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka
●3-5-5, Kitahorie Nishi-ku, Osaka
●11:00-22:00 (weekdays), 11:00-21:30 (Sundays and public holidays) * LO is 30 minutes before closing time
●Closed on Tuesdays and 12/31,1/1
“Why are you here?”
●4-13-3, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
●NOA Building 3F, 4-9-5, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku Osaka
●Closed on Thursdays
“Tori Soba Zagin Niboshi-ten”
●3-9-6, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku Osaka
“Tako no Tsubo Minamisenba-ten”
●4-8-8, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku Osaka
*The above information was last updated November 14, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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