Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten
Namba Parks is a place made with the feeling of the people, as it's a shopping mall that has a rooftop full of greenery and even a farm. Of course, there are plenty of charming stores here as well. Here are 5 recommended shops and restaurants to check out while you're there.
1. Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, whose main branch is in Nara, originally opened in 1716. It's an old shop that sells high-class, high-quality hemp fabric called Narazarashi. Of course they have hemp products, as well as natural materials such as cotton and wood, and they have a variety of great everyday products made with a base of traditional craftsmanship from around Japan. While they keep dear the attention to detail that has kept them in business so long, they are still a shop that offers lifestyle products suitable for the modern era.
They have the textile brand Yu Nakagawa that is made with the concept of "Japanese cloth," as well as the brand Nihon Ichi that uses techniques and motifs from around the country for their concept of "products of Japan," and both are popular brands with high favorability. There are around 50 company branches around the country, and there are many seasonal and regionally limited products so no matter how often you go you won't get tired of it.
This is a great shop for people that like miscellaneous goods with a modern Japanese aesthetic.
This restaurant boasts of its roast chicken using Genki brand chicken from Awaji and bread baked fresh on the premises every day. The interior of the restaurant uses a lot of red and it has a cute atmosphere that women love. Something great for smokers is that they can use their terrace, which is one of the very few terraces in Namba Parks where smoking is allowed. The meal in the photo is the Awaji Genki brand baked chicken covered in a mustard seed and gorgonzola cream sauce (1,180 JPY (excl. tax)). The chicken, having been raised on the verdant Awaji Island, has a characteristic rich taste that goes perfectly with the gorgonzola and cream sauce, making this a popular dish. Also, their fresh baked bread is bottomless during lunch, and during dinner you can include an all-you-can-eat-bread option for 250 JPY (excl. tax). They change the type of breads available every day. Of course, it goes perfectly with its roast chicken! But it's really delicious, so be careful not to overeat.
3. Village Vanguard
This is a shop that was created with the concept of being a "bookstore in which you can play," and inside the interior is covered in colorful yellow signs and chaotic displays of books, miscellaneous items, CDs, DVDs, and more. They're known for having rather niche books and other items aimed at people deep in subcultures and little known hobbies. It's long been known by nicknames like "villevan," or just "village."
The main company is in Nagoya, but they have branches in the temples of subculture like the famous Shimokitazawa and Kichijoji branches, so the inside resembles nothing but chaos. Also, the yellow signs have all sorts of information. One of the secrets to Village Vanguard's popularity is that the signs comment on items, featuring the shopkeeper's various opinions on the items, from favorable to complete disses.
If you like niche items, this is the representative store that you can't avoid. There are a lot of items that are cute but slightly grotesque or miscellaneous items that you can't figure out how to use, so just looking through the shop will be fun!
*Photo is of the Shimokitazawa branch.
This is a casual restaurant that offers genuine regional French cuisine from small appetizers to proper main dishes. Some particularly popular dishes are the roast beef made with domestic Kuroge brand Japanese beef (1,680 JPY (excl. tax)) grilled to perfection by a French chef and the Hokkaido Tokachi raclette (1,680 JPY (excl. tax)) which generously uses cheese from Hanabatake Farm.
Also, their Hoshizora Beer Garden, so popular that 20,000 people visited it last year, will also open this year. It is open from April 22nd (Fri) to September 30th (Fri), and you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat menu that includes roast beef and a drink buffet that offers around 80 kinds of drinks on Namba Park's highest garden terrace. You can enjoy beer and wine in the city summer on a building's rooftop. You might feel like you've found yourself having a rather luxurious time.
5. Kagura Shokudo Kushiya Monogatari
One of Osaka's famous meals is kushikatsu (sometimes called kushiage). It's a commoner's gourmet dish of fried skewers made of ingredients like meat or vegetables and then dipped in sauce (in pretty much all restaurants the sauce is shared, so double-dipping is not allowed for hygienic reasons). Something great is that you can eat it while it's piping hot.
At Kagura Shokudo Kushiya Monogatari, you can fry your own kushikatsu in a fryer on the table. They offer around 30 kinds of skewers to choose from, including fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, and rare ingredients like takoyaki (fried octopus balls) or taiyaki (fish-shaped cake usually filled with red bean paste). After you pick the ones you want, you dip it in the batter just once. After that you cover it in panko breadcrumbs, but it looks like instead of rolling the skewer in crumbs, it works better if you pour the crumbs onto the skewer from above. It's important to layer it thinly! Once it's coated, you can finally fry it. There is a chart that shows how long you should fry things for the best results, so please double-check that. The oil is very hot so please be careful! You can pick your favorite sauces from a variety available, all of which are homemade and include spicy sauce, a seasonal sauce, ponzu (citrus soy sauce), Kushiya's special sweet sauce, and more.
This is a restaurant that guarantees a peaceful, fun time with your friends as you eat kushikatsu.
This structure has a variety of shops offering different genres that you can enjoy, from fashionable stores to delicious restaurants, but it doesn't forget its Osakan roots. Please visit Namba Parks! The shopping floors' business hours are from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, and the restaurant area is 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
*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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