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Pokémon Cafe Osaka: Meet Your Favorite Characters At This Paradise for Pokémon Fans!

Pokémon Cafe Osaka: Meet Your Favorite Characters At This Paradise for Pokémon Fans!

Date published: 7 October 2021

Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka) opened in September of 2019 at Daimaru Shinsaibashi, a popular department store among tourists and frequent shoppers located in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district.

After the Pokémon Cafe (Nihonbashi, Tokyo) opened in 2018, it became the second Pokémon-themed restaurant in all of Japan and the first to be opened in Western Japan.

In addition to serving fun Pikachu and other Pokémon character-inspired meals, you will find that this cafe is entirely decorated in a Pokémon theme.

It’s so adorable, even just sitting at one of the tables is enjoyable, and must top your list of things to do in Osaka! Here we will introduce our visit to this extremely popular cafe where a range of fans from families to foreign guests frequently stops by.

What is a Pokémon Cafe?

What is a Pokémon Cafe?

At the Pokemon Cafe, you will find a Pokémon-themed interior as well as Pokémon-inspired dishes. This permanent and official character cafe even allows you to snap selfies with statues and plushie versions of your favorite characters, including Pikachu!

With limited-time menus and services available throughout different periods of the year, the discoveries are endless.

What’s more, next to the cafe is the official Pokemon Center Osaka DX where approximately 4,000 products along with the latest updates on Pokémon are available.

Direct Access from Osaka Metro’s Shinsaibashi Station: Easy to Get to Even on Rainy Days

Direct Access from Osaka Metro’s Shinsaibashi Station: Easy to Get to Even on Rainy Days

Located right beside Osaka Metro’s Shinsaibashi Station, the Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka) can be found on the ninth floor of Daimaru Shinsaibashi (Main Building).

When traveling from JR’s Osaka Station, you can walk to Umeda Station’s Midosuji Line on the Osaka Metro. Then take the train bound for Nakamozu (Nakamozu bound or Tennoji bound) and get off at the third stop at Shinsaibashi Station.

When you pass through the south ticket gate, you will immediately see the entrance to the first basement floor of Daimaru Shinsaibashi.

The Pokémon Cafe is located on the ninth floor, otherwise known as the Japan pop culture floor. Although you can take either the elevator or escalator, as of October 2021, taking the elevator is recommended to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

How to make reservations for Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)

How to make reservations for Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
Greeted By Chef Pikachu and Server Pikachu

When you get off at the ninth floor, you’ll find the Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka) to the right of Pokémon Center Osaka DX. To dine at the cafe, you must make a reservation on the official website.

Reservations can be made starting a month in advance, and the website offers guidance in Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified/traditional), and Korean.

Since there is a 90-minute table time limit, it’s recommended to get to the cafe ten minutes before your reservation. After giving the staff your reservation name, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and have your temperature taken. Once this is done, you will be escorted to your seat.

If you have not made a reservation, you can wait for cancellations. You can book these canceled reservations at five specific times throughout the day, listed below.

Announcement and Reservations for Empty Slots
1. 11:10 a.m.
For 12:00 p.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m. seating
2. 1:00 p.m.
For 1:50 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 2:20 p.m. seating
3. 2:50 p.m.
For 3:40 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 4:10 p.m. seating
4. 4:40 p.m.
For 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m. seating
5. 6:30 p.m.
For 7:20 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 7:50 p.m. seating

There is a lane in front of the cafe where you can line up to book a table in case that any reservations have been canceled.

However, even if some cancellations are made throughout the day, the number of tables open is generally very limited. Please keep in mind that there are days when there are no cancellations or open tables.

*Information regarding the cancellation method above is from August 2021. Please be mindful that this method may change in the future without any prior notice.

Enter the World of Pokemon

Enter the World of Pokemon

With a white and wood grain design, the entire cafe, from its walls to its floors, is decorated with famous Pokémon characters including Pikachu. The cuteness of it all will leave you happy to just be there. What’s more, music from popular Pokémon games is played, adding to the exciting atmosphere.

The cafe has tables that seat four and two counters located in the middle of the cafe that seat six. In total, there are 96 seats available.

*Due to the spread of Covid-19, there may be some changes made to the number of customers allowed into the cafe at one time.

In one of the cafe’s corners, there’s a small photo spot where you can take pictures with chef and server Pikachu!

Once seated, you’ll find a lunch mat that’s been flipped so that the front side faces down. When flipping it back to the front, an original Pokémon Cafe design appears!

The design of these lunch mats differs throughout the year, so it’s a treat to get to see what characters will greet you. You can even bring the lunch mats home!

After you’ve had some time to enjoy looking at the designs, staff will explain how to order from a touch screen as well as how to enjoy your experience at the Pokémon Cafe fully.

Cards explaining How to Enjoy Your Visit to the Pokémon Cafe are available in English, Chinese, and Korean.

Order Food and Drinks!

Order Food and Drinks!

Orders can be placed from the tablet on the table. The photo above shows what the home screen looks like. Last orders must be placed 30 minutes before your reserved table time ends.

Guides are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. A settings menu on the bottom-left corner of the touch screen enables you to choose your preferred language.

Also, the menu for seasonal recommendations, food, desserts, and drinks are separated by tabs at the top of the screen.

You also get a drink coaster lottery ticket per drink you order! After handing you your drink, staff will ask you to choose from one card out of the eight shown on their tablet’s screen. If you get the winning card, you get a free drink coaster! On our visit, we won coasters of pastry chef Pikachu.

Introducing Popular Food Items at Pokémon Cafe Osaka

Osaka’s Pokémon Cafe offers an original menu that’s almost too cute to eat! Here we will introduce some of the most popular dishes. (All prices shown include tax.)


●Everybody’s Favorite Pikachu Plate (1,848 yen)

Everybody’s Favorite Pikachu Plate is a trendy item! Available since June 2021, it’s an elevated version of the previously served Pikachu Plate Set.

The macaroni gratin shaped into a monster ball and the omelet shaped into Pikachu’s tail has been revamped, and the new portion size of this meal will leave you completely satisfied!

After finishing everything, you’ll be greeted by Pikachu’s friendly smile. You can even order a meal that comes with the plate for 3,058 yen! The take-home plate is a new product designed to match the expression of Pikachu you see on the omelet.

●Everyone's Attracted to Eevee Plate (1,848 yen)

Similar to the Pikachu plate, the Everyone's Attracted to Eevee Plate is a revamped version of the meal available before June 2021. For this meal, Eevee’s trademark fluffy white fur has been added to make it even more adorable.

What’s more, Eevee’s smile is there to greet you on the plate once you finish all of the food! Designed to match Eevee’s expression shown on the bread, you can even purchase the take-home plate with the meal for 3,058 yen.

●Pokémon Cafe's Pikachu Souffle Pancake (1,848 yen)

Pokémon Cafe's Pikachu Souffle Pancake is a fluffy and delicious Pikachu-shaped souffle pancake. In addition to the pancake, colorful fruits and whipped cream decorate the plate. This is a dessert that is bound to be a stand out when shared on social media. Also on the plate is a message from the cafe.

●Pokémon Cafe's Very Chocolate Parfait (1,353 yen)

This cafe’s specialty is the sweet and slightly tart Pokémon Cafe's Very Chocolate Parfait. With the cafe's logo used as a parfait topping, it's the perfect dessert to commemorate your first visit. What’s more, this enjoyable and surprise-filled dessert has monster ball-shaped ice cream and Pikachu-shaped cereal!

●Gengar's Confuse Ray Smoothie (880 yen)

Gengar's Confuse Ray Smoothie is a grape-flavored frozen fruit smoothie. Be careful not to get hit with Gengar’s confuse ray! You can also purchase the glass to take home with the smoothie for 1,760 yen.

●Say Hello to Eevee's Royal Milk Tea (1,298 yen)

Say Hello to Eevee's Royal Milk Tea is a dessert-like milk tea drink topped with a financier and a generous dollop of whipped cream. This dessert shows the adorable Eevee popping out of the whipped cream to say hello.

●Choose Your Pokémon Latte (hot or iced, 770 yen each)

You can choose from designs No.001 to 386 out of a Pokémon picture book shown on a tablet when ordering this drink.

In total, there are 419 designs, and each hot or iced latte comes with one. The take-home mug and hot latte set is 1,870 yen, and the take-home glass and iced latte set is 1,650 yen.

When you order the take-home mug set, the latte comes in a monster ball-inspired mug. However, the mug you actually take home gives you an option of choosing from a Pokémon Cafe original Pikachu or Eevee design.

This will be handed to you at the register on your way out. Those who ordered the take-home glass set for iced lattes will get a glass with the Pokémon Cafe logo.

When being served your latte at the cafe, a tea spoon with the Pokémon Cafe’s logo will be set next to the sugar. You can purchase this spoon at the souvenir shop for 495 yen.

Original Products Can Be Found at the Osaka Pokémon Cafe’s Souvenir Corner

At the cafe’s souvenir corner, there is an array of products that are too cute not to buy. To make potential purchases go smoothly, you can check the details of each product on the cafe’s official website beforehand.

If you weren’t able to reserve a table at the cafe, you could still stop by the souvenir shop to buy some of these special Pokémon products.

All plushies, including chef Pikachu, waitress Pikachu, and Squirtle, are 2,200 yen each. Small figurines are also available for 1,650 yen each. Enjoy exploring an array of adorable Pokémon toys!

Silverware used in the cafe is also sold. Spoons, forks, and knives are 880 yen a piece, and tea spoons are 495 yen each.

To the left of the Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka) is the Pokémon Center Osaka DX. Here, three Pokémon statues that are rumored to be life-sized greet you. Inside the shop are approximately 4,000 products. In addition to this, fun events are occasionally held! It’s the best spot to learn all the latest on Pokémon.

Health & Safety Measures
Disinfection, sterilization, and cleaning of shop and facilities/Sanitizer installed/Disinfected after each guest leaves/Ventilation measures in place/Coin trays used/Plastic partitions installed/Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature/Limited capacity/increased space between seats/Restricted admission, reservation system in place/Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell/Masks required/temperature check enforced.

Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka) is heaven for Pokémon lovers. 90 minutes will go by in a flash when taking pictures and enjoying the food this cafe has to offer. Due to its overwhelming popularity, it’s hard to get a reservation, so please check the website for cancellations and reserve as much in advance as you can.

* To avoid the spread of Covid-19, hours, product release dates, and content may change. Changes will be made based on the policies enforced by the government, local municipality, governing agencies, and health centers.

Please check the Pokémon Cafe's official website for details.

  • Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
    ポケモンカフェ(大阪・心斎橋)
    • Address Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-8501
    • Nearest Station Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji Line / Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line)
    • Phone Number 06-4256-1160
    • ・Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (90-minute time slots)
      ・Last order: 8:50 p.m. (food, sweets, drinks)
      ・Advance reservations required via website.
      ・Closed: Same as Daimaru Shinsaibashi

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Pocket Monsters and Pokémon are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.

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Kiko Matsuda, Keiko Kimura, Risa Tsuji, and a team of female writers familiar with Kansai. We love eating, drinking and traveling! We share fun information based on our experiences.

*The information in this article is from September 2021. For updated information, please check the official website listed.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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