About My Japan Trip
You might have thought that my first day in Japan is over when I introduced Osaka Castle – the iconic structure of Osaka but that’s not all. I still have a lot of time in the afternoon to visit Shinsaibashi shopping arcade. Well, I won’t show you my goodies I had their like Uniqlo, GU, H&M but I will show you how well Osaka treated me with such delightful, guilty pleasure fulfilling food.
I know you would expect me to get some octopus pies, eat ramen or miso soup. You were right to expect it, because I will try them all along the way. In the mean time, for the first day, I will try the sweets. Because everyone needs sweetness in their life. So why not today? When I have come to play with shika deer and visited the most beautiful castle ever, I feel blessed and need sweets to sum it all up.
So there are three shops I stopped by to have the sweetness at the end of the day.
Forest berry soft ice-cream
With only 350 yen, you will have the most tender and flavorful ice-cream ever. Autumn breeze and ice-cream chilliness is the best combo. You can revisit my ice-cream adventure in Japan to read more of other ice-cream I tried.
Maison de Gigi
I expect nothing, I just find that these waffles are extremely cute, wondering if they taste as good as they look. So I bought two of them, one is original flavor (140 Yen) without any caramelization or sugar coated, and a chocolate coated one (160 Yen.)
I try, firstly, the original and then the chocolate coated. In my honest opinion, the original is better. Its crispiness, its light flavor and its texture is well articulated. Definitely, I will have more of it (if I have a chance to revisit Japan.)
They also have Brussels style waffles, crepes and parfait with a relatively high pricing, and I am in the mood of taking away so some pieces of waffles are enough. Let’s move on to the next shop.
Address: 2 Chome-2-17 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0085, Japan
Phone number: +81 6-6210-5944
Price range: 140 Yen – 1,380 Yen
Le Croissant Shop
You might say it is too many Western sweets for a day. But I just love the cuteness they offer so why not. The mini sized waffle and now the mini sized croissant. They are all hard to resist. I stumble this place trying to reach the main road called Midosuji-Mitsuderacho to find Apple Store and purchase some techie goodies. But the tiny shop captures my eyes and keeps me there for a moment. I decide to have another take-away since I don’t want to waste time and have to get back to my hotel in Sakai to freshen up.
Address: 2-7-25 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Phone number: +81 6-6211-9603
Price range: 940 Yen for a box of assorted 12 croissants and 90 Yen for each.
Hope you enjoy my first day in Japan, and I promise you the second day is even better since we visit a lot of temples and food (still tasty) in Kyoto. Venture on!