A Must-read for Sweet Tooth! The Top 4 Places to Buy Souvenir Sweets in Osaka
Osaka has a lot of places to get delicious sweets. In this article we will list our carefully chosen picks for the best sweets to bring home from Osaka.
Osaka has a lot of famous sweets, but one of the most famous longtime best selling items is Madame Shinco’s “Madame Brulee” (1,500 JPY (not incl.tax)). The Madame Brulee is a Baumkuchen (German variety of spit cake popular in Japan) seeped in maple syrup, sprinkled with French imported brown sugar and caramelized. Its crunchy texture and savory scented caramel will fill your mouth, and the delicate sweetness goes well with the Baumkuchen cake. It tastes good both warm and cold, so try it both ways! At the flagship store in Minou, there’s a cafe where you can relax and enjoy the Madame Brulee and get some to bring back as a gift.
Uncle Rikuro’s “Toro-ri Pudding” (200 JPY (incl.tax)) has dedicated fans who buy it every time they come to Osaka. It has a velvety texture and rich taste. It melts in your mouth the second you eat it. It is made with only the freshest milk, eggs, and cream so even though it’s just a simple pudding it feels like it has real substance. The sweet, slightly bitter caramel on top goes with it perfectly. The flagship store in Nanba has a café attached where you can drink delicious coffee alongside your sweets. Besides the flagship store, there’s a total of 11 stores in Osaka, so definitely try it out and bring some back with you!
Since matcha’s deep flavor and bitterness goes well not only with Japanese-style sweets but western style sweets as well, it is used in a wide variety of sweets. Matcha flavored sweets are very popular for their mature flavor that isn’t overly sweet. Ujien was originally established in Kyoto, and now has their flagship store in Osaka where they sell tea and matcha sweets. One of their most popular items is the matcha ganache, “Okame” (1,296 JPY (incl.tax)). The moment you pop it in your mouth, the sweet chocolate and the faintly bitter taste of matcha mix together and fill your mouth with a refined taste. Once you try one, you won’t be able to stop! They have their flagship store in Shinsaibashi and a store in Hankyu Sanbangai as well as 4 stores outside of Osaka city.*Pictured is Ujien’s Matcha and Houjicha (roasted green tea) flavored Chocolate Ganaches
One of the most popular sweets from Osaka’s department stores, perfect for souvenir gifts, is Ezaki Glico’s Bâton d'or (501 JPY (incl.tax) for one box). In addition to the batter kneaded into the dough, the pretzel sticks are finished off with clarified butter, giving them a rich buttery scent. The stick is coated in Milk, Uji matcha, or other various flavored chocolate coatings (part of the stick is not coated with chocolate). It is a luxury version of Pocky. Pocky is sold in many countries across the world, but Bâton d'or is quite rare so it makes a perfect gift to bring back home. In Osaka it is sold at the Hankyu Umeda flagship store and the Takashimaya Osaka store. It is so popular there are often lines, so get there early and try it for yourself!
How did you like our recommendations? There are so many sweets to choose from in Osaka it makes it hard for sweet lovers to choose what to get. If you have a hard time deciding, feel free to use our selections as a guide.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.