Do you feel constantly surrounded by meat and fish-based foods such as ramen, gyoza, and sushi? Japan is a country known for its fresh fish and meaty broths. I know that being a vegan in Japan can be tough, as you will find some delicious creative food with tantalising flavours that you are unable to eat. A lot of restaurants cater for vegetarians but not necessarily vegans. All-vegan cafes are hard to come by in Osaka. However, worry no more! Below are my suggestions of great vegan cafes worth a visit in Osaka. Whether you are after a set meal, a snack, cake, or a coffee, all of these cafes have delicious animal-free options that are sure to satisfy your hunger. Below is my list of the top 5 vegan cafes in Osaka.
This vegetarian café turned vegan in 2014. It is a hidden and peaceful café in a central location, on the second floor of a shop. Café Atl boasts great coffee, baked goods and set meals. With emphasis on local produce, they offer curries full of fresh ingredients and serve good sized portions. Additionally, they have a large selection of sweet treats including vegan cakes. The staff are friendly, English speaking, and deliver a good service. The café is great to relax in, with a chilled atmosphere and great music. One of their popular options I would recommend is their fresh bagels and hummus made on site each day. They also offer an amazing green tea banana cake. You can opt for their lunch set which includes an appetizer, main meal, and a coffee for 1500 JPY, approximately £10.
Opening Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Wednesday-Monday), Closed (Tuesday)
Location: 2-1-24 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuoku, Osaka, Japan
2-1-24 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuoku, Osaka, Japan
This exciting café is perfect for vegans. It is an all vegan cat café that fosters cats and kittens. You can pay to spend time with the rescue cats downstairs or have lunch from the set menu upstairs. The environment is super friendly and of course you can relieve your stress by stroking and adoring the rescue cats and kittens. The café is very hygienic, with food and drinks and cats in separate parts of the building. Food here is not too expensive and is very delicious. I would highly recommend a visit as you can mix your love of animals with some tasty vegan food. Not to miss if you’re vegan and coming to Osaka.
Opening Hours: 12:00pm-8:00pm (Thursday-Tuesday), Closed (Wednesday)
Location: 542-0012 Osaka City Chuo-ku, Tachimachi, 6-chome 17-5, Osaka, Japan
542-0012 Osaka City Chuo-ku, Tachimachi, 6-chome 17-5, Osaka, Japan
A hidden gem on a side street in Nikatsu, Raw8 café is a haven of health and veganism. A cozy café with welcoming staff, the menu is easy to read and is in both English and Japanese. They have a big selection on offer, with great ramen and tacos. I personally love the samosa with lovely distinct flavors. Set lunch menu A (about 1550 JPY) includes a salad, 4 different small side dishes, a soup and a smoothie. If you have a sweet tooth there are lots of choices of raw desserts, including raw cheesecakes. Not to mention the amazing chlorella lattes on offer. If you fancy a read, there are a collection of books on healthy eating for your interest and an assortment of health foods for sale. Last orders taken one hour before closing.
Opening Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), 12:00pm-9:00pm (Friday, Saturday), Closed (Wednesday, Sunday)
Location: 1-15-33, Nakatsu, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
1-15-33, Nakatsu, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
This quaint little café is located around the corner from Minoo station, near Minoo park. The very quiet and peaceful neighbourhood feels as though you’re entering a Ghibli world. Inside the café is a relaxing space with friendly, English speaking staff. There is a choice of three set lunch meals. I would highly recommend the tofu burger with a side of minestrone soup and an iced latte for 1300 JPY. The burger is made with a brioche-type bun and a yummy sauce. For those of you who are hungrier, there is an option to upgrade the size of the burger for 200 JPY. The café also offers delicious gelato and tiramisu. For the environmentally conscious customer, you can be assured that the café uses recycled napkins. If you fancy a browse upstairs, Mikali Gallery is on the second floor, hosting exhibitions. Be sure to not arrive too late to this delightful café though as they stop taking orders at 4:30pm.
Opening Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm (Thursday-Monday), Closed (Tuesday, Wednesday)
Location: Osaka-fu, Mino-shi, Mino 6-2-18, Minoh, Osaka, Japan
Osaka-fu, Mino-shi, Mino 6-2-18, Minoh, Osaka, Japan
This café and shop is not actually in Osaka, but is a great option for anyone planning to travel between Osaka and Haneda airport. The café boasts all organic and vegan food, from organic flour-based goods to a full hot and cold deli with a great variety of salads. So, if you are vegan you will never have to go hungry before your flight. The café offers an amazing matcha latte among other hot drinks. The staff are professional and friendly. I personally recommend the “Jetlag coffee”, an innovative drink based on coffee and CBD oil. Great for a pick-me-up for those weary travellers.
Opening Hours: 6:30am-8:00pm (Monday-Sunday)
Location: Haneda Airport, Terminal 2, 3rd floor facing security check C, Tokyo, Japan, 144-041
Haneda Airport, Terminal 2, 3rd floor facing security check C, Tokyo, Japan, 144-041
Whether you are vegan or not, these top 5 vegan cafes in Osaka are a must visit if you are in or around Osaka. I hope these suggestions will help my non-meaty friends reading this article to find some delicious foods that you can enjoy, whilst in the food haven that is Osaka. Definitely be sure to try our HealthyTOKYO Café at Haneda Airport, if you are going that way. Our café and restaurant stand outs for its innovation and approach to veganism and health. If you need any further information about healthy vegan food or products, please get in touch at HealthyTOKYO.