Speckled with an impressive variety of cookware and kitchen utensils, Sennnichimae Doguya-suji Shopping Street is hotbed for both the amateur and professional chef.
Once a route between Hozenji Temple in the north and Shitennoji Temple in the south, the area then went from housing general and antique stores, to a black market, to the flourishing shopping district it is known for today.
Doguya-suji is the “Kitchenware Street” of Osaka, boasting the nickname “Kitchen of the Nation.” Indeed, one can find just about any cooking related utensil or restaurant supply. Many professional cooks and restaurants buy kitchen knives, plastic replica food models, signage, pots, pans, and a plethora of other items for their trade.
Of course, ordinary people come to purchase equipment for their home kitchens or to take back as unique souvenirs. One popular option is the Santoku (“three virtues” / “three uses”), a general-purpose kitchen knife. As its name suggests, it is a perfect knife for slicing, dicing, and mincing. Or impress dinner guests and opt for the uniquely bladed Osaka style eel knife.
More of a collector than a chef? Fear not – you can also find an exquisite Japanese katana here!
You can even find delicious places to sit down and eat after you’ve finished shopping. From yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) to takoyaki (breaded octopus balls) to udon noodles, you can enjoy yourself in this chef’s paradise.
Be sure to visit on October 9th when the annual Doguya-suji Festival is held and you can score all kinds of cookware at great sale prices. You can even participate in takoyaki cooking or food-sample making demonstrations!
Address: 〒 542-0075 Around Nambasennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
3-minute walk from Namba Station on the Nankai Railway and Subway Midosuji and Yotsubashi Lines
5-minute walk from Nippombashi Station on the Kintetsu Railway and Subway Sennichimae Line