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【Osaka】Retro Cafes Where You Can Find Sweets that Have Been Loved Over the Ages

Imagine parfaits filled with colorful fruits that are so beautiful that they look like jewelry boxes. Now think about eating them while being immersed in scenery that is reminiscent of the days in the Showa period when children would dress up for these sweet delights. Below are some of cafes in Osaka that have been handpicked for their superb desserts with sensational appearances! <※This information is from Kansai Walker (issued October 24, 2017)>

Be Fully Satisfied with Luxurious Parfaits Overflowing with Fruits

Coffee House Victor is an ordinary cafe with a particularly gorgeous retro exterior that grabs a lot of attention, even within Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, which still has a Showa era vibe. Customers rave about the luxurious atmosphere of the shop, which is created through jazz background music, vivid stained glass, and massive furniture. Many people who look at the menu and samples before ordering apparently end up being surprised by the opulence of their four famous parfaits. It need not be said that plenty of women love the parfaits here, but it should also be noted that many male customers come to partake in their parfaits by the end of the night, after having a few drinks. This cafe also offers plenty of full-fledged dishes, such as pasta and curry dishes. What’s even better is that just adding 100 JPY will get you a coffee with your meal!

This is the Fruit Parfait (830 JPY), which offers a taste of nine kinds of fruits, such as oranges, bananas, and apples. The whipped cream isn’t too sweet. Don’t you think that this famous and luxurious parfait is the perfect ending to your night of drinking?!

This store has three floors – the basement, 1st floor, and a partial 2nd floor. The stained glass in the kitchen is quite impressive.

“Please make sure to try our specialty coffee (400 JPY), too,” said Kenji Hirakawa, the second-generation owner who has been running the shop for more than 30 years now.

It is a quaint shop that has remained virtually unchanged since it opened. There also seems to be a lot of celebrities who are fans of this cafe.

■ Coffee House Victor
<Phone: None, Hours: 9:00 am – around 9:00 pm (last order is around 8:40 pm), 9:00 am – 11:00 pm (last order at 10:40 pm) on Saturdays, Sundays, and the day before a public holiday, Closed: None, Seating capacity: 63 seats, Smoking: Allowed, Parking space: None, Access: 2-minute walk from JR Temma Station>

Coffee House Victor

4-8-291 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Plenty of Fruits Around Homemade Pudding

Doremi, located in front of Tsutenkaku Tower, is a simple cafe that blends in with the Shin-sekai (New World) townscape. A photo studio in the past, it is a long-established shop that has a history of more than 60 years under its belt! Its days as a photo studio, before the current Tsutenkaku Tower was completed, is included in the count. Aside from the self-roasted coffee (380 JPY) that it has been offering since it became a cafe, this shop is also popular for its menu of sweets and desserts. Its signature dish is the Purin Royal (Royal Pudding) – a beautiful masterpiece filled with fruits that highlights the skills of their chefs. The pudding is made by hand, so sometimes it sells out because only a limited number of servings are made every day. It would be best to come early to partake in it!

This is the Purin Royal (800 JPY). It is a slowly steamed and baked homemade pudding, topped with seven kinds of fruits, including bananas and peaches.

The dishes cooked by the veteran chefs here are mostly handmade. Another appeal of this shop is its extensive food menu.

The interior of this restaurant, which has rows of red leather chairs, is sometimes used as a location for TV dramas.

It is right in front of the steel frame supporting Tsutenkaku Tower. This shop is marked by a signboard with a cute cat and a small bird as motifs.

■ Doremi
<Phone: 06-6643-6076, Hours: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm, Closed: Irregular days, Seating capacity: 50 seats, Smoking: Allowed, Parking space: None, Access: 3-minute walk from the subway’s Ebisucho Station>

Doremi

1-18-8 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 10.28.2017]

*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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