While matcha is famous as a specialty of Kyoto, you can enjoy some delicious matcha sweets in neighboring Osaka as well. In this article, we are going to introduce the stores offering the most popular matcha sweets in Osaka.
- 1. Enjoy matcha sweets in a traditional warehouse - “Kura Cafe Yanozen”
- 2. Rich matcha sweets - “Uji-en Kissako”
- 3. A cafe particular about ingredients - “MARUFUJI Tennoji Kitaguchi-ten”
- 4. The secret mixture is the deciding factor - “Amato Maeda Namba City Store”
- 5. Matcha sweets while relaxing at Daimaru Department Store - “Teahouse Yuri Daimaru Umeda Store”
1. Enjoy matcha sweets in a traditional warehouse - “Kura Cafe Yanozen”
Kura Cafe Yanozen is a cafe in a traditional Japanese warehouse, known as a kura. At this cafe, run by the longstanding tea shop Yano-en, you can enjoy a variety of matcha sweets in a traditional Japanese setting. The cafe is located about 6 minutes on foot from Yotsubashi Station.Surrounded by the 100 year old strong beams and pillars of the old warehouse, the cafe is like a hideaway, and you will soon forget you are in Osaka as you relax and enjoy the calm and peaceful atmosphere. As for the all-important matcha sweets, the cafe has a wide variety of sweets, known for the rich taste. Out of these, we recommend the “Yanozen Parfait” (970 JPY (incl. tax)). With three types of shiratama (rice flour dumplings), matcha jelly, sencha cake, azuki beans from Nara and other ingredients, this is one of the cafe’s most popular dishes. All the tea sold at the cafe is carefully made with Uji tea from Kyoto. Why not try the exquisite combination of the cold parfait and the warm tea? You won’t be disappointed!
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2. Rich matcha sweets - “Uji-en Kissako”
Uji-en Kissako is one of the cafe brands run by Uji-en, a tea shop established in Kyoto in 1869. The matcha sweets at Uji-en Kissako are rich, and they offer a varied menu, including kakigori (shaved ice) and jelly. We recommend the “Kissako Parfait Matcha” (880 JPY). The matcha flavored ice cream, jelly and cake go together exquisitely with the azuki beans, shiratama and tea cookie, creating a dish that any matcha fan will enjoy. Uji-en Kissako has four cafes in the Shinsaibashi area.
3. A cafe particular about ingredients - “MARUFUJI Tennoji Kitaguchi-ten”
This Japanese-style cafe is located about 6 minutes on foot from Abeno Harukas, a new sightseeing spot in Osaka. Their handmade sweets are made with carefully selected ingredients. Out of these, we recommend their pancakes (980 JPY) made with batter made from 100% rice flour from koshihikari rice from Niigata prefecture and soy milk from domestically produced soy beans, mixed with matcha from Kyoto. The soft, springy texture and delicious scent of matcha will surely keep you coming back for more. You can also enjoy the Ujikintoki kakigori (850 JPY) made with 100% natural mineral water from the Shinshu Alps all year round. The cafe is very particular about the ingredients it uses, so small children can also enjoy their delicious sweets, so why not stop by after visiting Abeno Harukas?
4. The secret mixture is the deciding factor - “Amato Maeda Namba City Store”
Amato Maeda Namba City Store is a Japanese sweets store is famous for its matcha sweets. As well as making all their mochi in the traditional way with a mortar (usu) and mallet (kine), they are especially particular about their matcha, only using domestically made matcha ground in a stone mortar. As the type and mixture of matcha used differs depending on the dish, you can enjoy a wide variety of flavors. With for a warabi mochi and mitarashi dango set with a drink for only 750 JPY or soft ice cream from 300 JPY, the prices are quite reasonable, making it ideal for people who want to try all sorts of things.
5. Matcha sweets while relaxing at Daimaru Department Store - “Teahouse Yuri Daimaru Umeda Store”
If you’re feeling tired while shopping at the Daimaru Department store in Umeda, why not drop by Teahouse Yuri? The calm atmosphere of this Japanese-style cafe and delicious menu which includes matcha parfait (980 JPY (incl. tax)) and Uji kakigori (880 JPY (incl. tax)) are sure to soothe your tired body and soul. But not only are their sweets great, they offer some delicious light meals including matcha soba, so be sure to try them out if you ever have the chance to visit.*The photo is for illustration purposes.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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