Ebisubashi bridge and the Dotonbori River

Ebisubashi bridge and the Dotonbori River

The main reason for the Osaka stop was... FOODFOODFOOD. The popular opinion I got was that I wouldn't need more than a day to tackle all the local eats. So, mix in a little wander around a charming neighborhood not too frequented by tourists and a dip into an onsen with food stops for the best okonomiyaki, takoyaki, wagyu and kobe beef, and you've got a pretty darn delicious 24-hr blitz through Osaka.

 Our room at Candeo Osaka Namba

Our room at Candeo Osaka Namba

Since we loved our stay at Candeo Roppongi in Tokyo so much, we went for round two at Candeo Namba in Osaka. Definitely more crowded and bustling (due to its central location) than its Tokyo sister but the same stellar customer service and comfort... and extensive breakfast buffet spread.

 A little bit of everything for breakfast at Candeo Namba

A little bit of everything for breakfast at Candeo Namba

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Candeo Osaka Namba is in the heart of all the tourist sites in Osaka so you can walk everywhere. We walked from the hotel to Kuromon Ichiba Market, passing through busy Dotonbori.

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Really loved Osaka's larger than life, sense of humor. You kind of feel like you're living in a comic book.

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Kuromon Market is a great spot to hit if you are strapped for time but want to try all the local Osaka eats. It's laid out with small stalls lined up and down and through alleyways filled with freshly caught seafood like crab legs and uni and street food like takoyaki and kushikatsu.

 Takoyaki in the making

Takoyaki in the making

 Takoyaki, before...

Takoyaki, before...

 Takoyaki, after.

Takoyaki, after.

 A boatful of takoyaki with Kyoko!

A boatful of takoyaki with Kyoko!

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 Check that gorgeous marbling out <3

Check that gorgeous marbling out <3

 Strawberries and mochi

Strawberries and mochi

 The line-up for okonomiyaki

The line-up for okonomiyaki

 Another great takoyaki spot

Another great takoyaki spot

From there, we walked through the covered Tenjimbashisuji and Shinsaibashi shopping streets to Hozenji Yokocho alley for lunch at Hozenji San Pei... yes, Kuromon Market was just the pre-game.

 Passing through to get to Hozenji Yokocho

Passing through to get to Hozenji Yokocho

 Beautiful Hozenji Yokocho

Beautiful Hozenji Yokocho

  Hozenji San Pei  menu

Hozenji San Pei menu

 Scallop/mushroom/cheese, and beef tendon/leeks okonomiyaki at  Hozenji San Pei

Scallop/mushroom/cheese, and beef tendon/leeks okonomiyaki at Hozenji San Pei

 Seafood fried rice

Seafood fried rice

 Creamy spicy shrimp

Creamy spicy shrimp

After lunch, we took the subway to the neighborhood of Nakazakicho to spend the rest of the afternoon. It almost didn't feel like we were in Osaka anymore, which I loved. Nakazakicho is beyond charming, super chill, calm, and filled with little surprises in every corner.

 Cute little coffee shops everywhere you look in Nakazakicho

Cute little coffee shops everywhere you look in Nakazakicho

 Pretty handmade jewelry shop

Pretty handmade jewelry shop

 Didn't go inside but thought the outside looked gorge

Didn't go inside but thought the outside looked gorge

 Loveloveloved this tiny vintage shop. GREAT dress selection.

Loveloveloved this tiny vintage shop. GREAT dress selection.

 Nakazakicho vibes

Nakazakicho vibes

 Took a much needed tea break at  Salon de Amanto

Took a much needed tea break at Salon de Amanto

 Inside  Salon de Amanto

Inside Salon de Amanto

 Another beautiful coffee shop that was highly recommended

Another beautiful coffee shop that was highly recommended

 Ahhh serenity now

Ahhh serenity now

 Pastel love

Pastel love

On our way back to the hotel, we stopped for a pre-afternoon osen and nap treat at Naruto Taiyaki where they make and sell these fish-shaped pastries filled with sweet potato or red bean.

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 SkySpa at Candeo Osaka Namba

SkySpa at Candeo Osaka Namba

After a full day of eating and walking, a soothing dip at the rooftop bath at our hotel was necessary.

  Shoukichitei

Shoukichitei

To cap off our 24-hrs in Osaka, we had dinner at the very reasonably priced and super delicious Shoukichitei, where we grilled a bunch of different cuts and types of beef... truly, truly, truly melt in your mouth.

 Sayonara, Osaka!

Sayonara, Osaka!

It was indeed a blitz, so here are a few of the other suggested food stops:

Takoyakidoraku Wanaka Sennichimae Honten たこ焼道楽 わなか 千日前 本店 
Kogaryu Honten 甲賀流 本店 
Dotonbori Akaoni Honten 道頓堀 赤鬼 本店
Aizuya Nambaten 会津屋 ナンバ店 
Okonomiyaki Mizuno お好み焼 美津の 
Sobakiri Masa 蕎麦切り
Kuromon Ichiba Market

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