Ramen is classic Osaka food. If you love good ramen, you’ll really love Osaka. Here is our list of the best ramen restaurants in Osaka, all personally inspected (and enjoyed).
Ramen at Ichiran resturant in Dotonbori
Meaty, cheap, casual and delicious, ramen is the perfect Osaka food. You can find all of Japan’s regional ramen styles represented in the city. In addition to standard-issue cheap and easy ramen, you can even find artisanal and refined ramen in Osaka.
Here are our favorites:
- Gunjou (Kita; budget)
This ramen and tsukemen (soup on the side noodles) specialist is one of the best in Kita.
- Resshishouyumenkoubousanku (Kita; budget)
The incredible ramen here is worth the wait at this awkwardly named ramen joint.
- Ryukishinraizu (Minami; budget)
The thick soup at this Minami ramen shop is mouth-watering good.
- Tsukemen Nidaime Misawa (Minami; budget)
This Shinsaibashi ramen shop specializes in tsukemen and it’s great.
- Gekiryuu (Minami; budget)
Try the memorable noodles at this Namba ramen shop.
- Menya Ageha (Osaka Castle Area; budget)
For tasty and meaty ramen within walking distance of Osaka Castle Park, try this popular local eatery.
- Ramenuroko (Shin-Osaka Area; budget)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this ramen specialist is a great place for lunch or dinner.
- Ramen Kingu (Shin-Osaka Area; budget)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this is another great ramen specialist.
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