Osaka’s Retro Cafe: Hiraoka Coffee

Just north of Honmachi Station, near Midosuji Street is a small coffee shop. And when I say small, I do mean small. With only a handful it of seats, it might surprise you to learn that this coffee shop has been in business for nearly 100 years! Hiraoka Coffee is not only one of the best local kept secrets in Osaka, but it was one of the first cafes, or kissaten in the city.

Be sure to check out our article here to learn more about kissaten and to see a list of other kissaten in the city.

Hiraoka Coffee

Store front of Hiraoka Coffee
Hiraoka Coffe, Osaka, Japan

Here they do coffee, and they do it very well. Hiraoka’s is a case of desiring to present a straightforward unadulterated cup of good strong coffee to their faithfully customers. The menu is very simple: a few different kinds of coffee and some very un-fussy handmade doughnuts. No more and no less. 

two cups of coffee and a doughnut and blue and white china
Hiraoka’s coffee and doughnut(s).

While most kissaten usually have a distinctly unique sense of decor that feels like you have stepped back in time to 1940’s Japan, Hiraoka seems a bit more modern. It is still a true kissaten in every respect of the word, but Hiraoka’s atmosphere is perhaps a little closer to something to what most people would expect with clean wood paneling and minimal clutter. There is, however, one steadfast element of the cafe that has been left unchanged; the clock on the back wall has hung in the cafe since it first opened.

old clock against wood paneling above a refrigerator
Original clock


Hiraoka Coffee

Address3-6-11 Kawaramachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka, Japan
Hours of Operation Thursday-Monday9:00-18:00
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Price RangeFood and Drink: 350-600 yen
Bulk coffee: 500-1,000 yen per 100 g

If you are in the area this is a great place to kick up your feet and relax. They also sell their coffee by weight so you can take it home with you!

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