Today I will be introducing to you the type of desserts you can find in 8 different health focussed cafes. Although popular amongst Japanese people, most of these cafes either located slightly away from the popular tourist areas or hidden in the back alleyways of somewhere. Who said you can't be healthy and still have dessert!?
GENMIAN Brown Rice and Vegetable Shokudo (Shinsaibashi)
Hiding in one corner of Shinsaibashi's main shopping street is Genmian Brown Rice and Vegetable Shokudo, one of my all time favourite natural cafes. This cafe utilises only natural ingredients such as organically cultivated vegetables from various local farms in Japan and pesticide-free brown rice from Yamagata or Hokkaido depending on the season. In the sweets menu, there is a variety of very interesting desserts you can choose from such as the burdock root (gobo) chocolate cake, the japanese mustard spinach (komatsuna) crepe cake, black sesame creme brulee, sweet potato tart, brown rice flour pound cake and much more!! Depending on the meal you order, you are also served a fresh green juice and a soy pudding as dessert, as well as unlimited servings of delicious brown rice and miso soup!
Address: Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi-suji 1-3-1, Fukuda Building 1F
Opening hours: 11:30-22:00 (closed on Mondays)
Directions: Midosuji Subway Line, Shinsaibashi Station, Exit 6 (2-min walk)
Paprika Shokudo VEGAN
It is very hard to come by a restaurant in Japan that is 100% vegan and organic. With the word 'VEGAN' in English script very prominently featured as part of their cafe's name, Paprika Shokudo VEGAN is definitely one of these few restaurants. Despite being 100% vegan and organic, this cafe has a surprising large sweets menu. On the fixed menu, there is the tofu cheesecake, chocolate brownie, banana and cinnamon cake, asai bowls, and my favourite raw vegan ice cream. There is also a daily special dessert menu which have seen the tofu tirimisu, and the rich chocolate tart. This cafe makes it easy for people who are new to or are transitioning into veganism life with beautifully presented tasty dishes and astonishing desserts.
Address: Osaka-shi, Nishi-ku, Shinmachi 1-9-9, Alivio Shinmachi 1F
Opening hours: 11:30-15:00, 17:30-23:00
Directions: Yotsubashi Subway Line, Yotsubashi Station, Exit 2 (2-min walk)
You can walk to Yotsubashi Station from Shinsaibashi Station
Organic Kitchen Le Coccole
On a mission to hunt down more anr more organic vegan cafes, I am glad to have found Organic Kitchen Le Coccole; one of the coziest cafes I reckon you will ever come across! Walking through their beautifully decorated front garden, I was warmly welcomed by a cute little lady as I entered the cafe's doors. This cafe focuses a lot on cooking with vegetables as well as utilising cooking methods that can better retain the nutrients in the vegetables they use. There are a few desserts you can choose from like the Chocolate mousse or berry sauce topped tofu cheesecake, and I'm gonna have to admit that the tofu cheesecake from here is the best of all the vegan cafes I have ever visited. It was absolutely amazing!! By the way, the lady in the cafe speaks great English so don't worry if you can't speak Japanese!
Address: Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Kitakyuhoji-machi 3-4-4, Mameniwa Building 1,2F
Opening hours: 11:30-22:00 (until 18:00 on Mondays and Sundays, closed on Tuesday)
Directions: Chuo Subway Line, Honmachi Station, Exit 9 (5-min walk)
ATL Organic & Vegetarian Cafe
I was chatting with the lady at Le Coccole (restaurant 4) when she told me about this particular organic cafe located in Shinsaibashi that baked their own bagels. Upon settling into my seat, the waiter handed me three A3 sized blackboards with today's set meal choices written on it. Alongside the various savoury bagel sandwich meal sets, and other savoury dishes, ATL also offers a good selection of sweet bagels like the chocolate and walnut bagel, peanut cream bagel, cinnamon sugar bagel and a dessert of the day which for this time round was a gado chocolat. I couldn't help but order the chocolate cake option but I'm glad I did. What I liked most about it was the cream that was served with it. It was made of tofu haha. It was light, yet creamy and very very refreshing. I think I'd prefer this tofu fresh cream over actual fresh cream any day.
Address: Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi-suji 2-1-24, Urbanex Shinsaibashi 2F
Opening hours: 12:00-22:30 (Food L.O. 21:30, Drink L.O.22:00)
Directions: Midosuji Subway Line, Shinsaibashi Station, Exit 6 (3-min walk)
Natural Shokudo Cafuu - Healing Meals
If you're wanting to try something more traditional, Natural Shokudo Cafuu is definitely the place to go. Natural Shokudo 'Cafuu', a word in the Okinawa dialect with definitions of 'happiness, luck, and good things' etc themes its dishes with body healing ingredients such as medicinal herbs and spices. There is also a wide range of herbal drinks with anti-aging, skin-moisturising/beautifying effects as well as various desserts made from natural ingredients. Neatly arranged in one corner of the cafe is a bunch of take home organic provisions that you can purchase to continue your body healing experience at home.
Address: Osaka-shi, Nishi-ku, Kita Horie 1-14-2, Torikago Building 1F
Opening hours: 11:30-19:00 (14:30~ cakes and coffee only)
Directions: Yotsubashi Subway Line, Yotsubashi Station, Exit 6 (5-min walk)
Brown Rice Cafe SANGMI (Umeda)
Another cafe for the ladies is Brown Rice Cafe Sangmi, located conveniently in the heart of Osaka. Sangmi strongly believes that in the saying 'you are what you eat'. At Sangmi, you will be able to 'charge up' your body's vitamins, minerals and iron levels with their vegetables and brown rice themed hand-made meals. The lunch of the day menu at Sangmi changes everyday and they also have a huge variety of desserts like Brown Rice Banana Pound Cake and Chocolate Soy Milk Pudding Parfait. For the ladies wanting to give their healthy lifestyle another boost, there is a health drink called FFC Pairogen also available on the menu that you can order before your meal. This drink is to said to help support your body's inflammatory and immune responses.
Address: Osaka-shi, Kita-ku, Tsuruno-cho 3-10
Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 (L.O. 20:30 Closed on Sundays)
Directions: Hankyu Line, Umeda Station
Organic Burger Kitchen
If you are looking for more of a western meal, the Organic Burger Kitchen is the place to go! From your typical beef and fish burgers, you will also find burgers choices under the 'non-meat' and 'non-fish' section, which are essentially vegetarian friendly patties, made from high quality soy lees. Despite being a burger place, there is also a wide variety of desserts available such as Natural Pudding or a Seasonal fruit and Granola Parfait Brulee and delicious pancakes! For those who are interested in buying some organic snacks and other ingredients, there is a small section organic provisions available for sale.
Address: Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Nishi shinsaibashi, 1-4-3 OPA 1F
Opening hours: 11:00-21:30 (L.O. 21:00)
Directions: Midosuji Subway Line, Nagahori Tsurumi Subway Line, Shinsaibashi Station, Exit 7 (located at the back of OPA)
Modernark Pharm Cafe
This little cafe hidden in the back streets of Sannomiya was introduced to me by a friend who loved eating healthy. The ingredients here used are 100% organic with plenty of vegan options available. Modernark Pharm Cafe offers a wide range of savoury dishes as well as irresistible desserts such as coconut tirimisu, green tea pound cake, banana cake and my absolute favourite the warm pecan pie topped with ice cream! This cafe also has a section in the shop dedicated to selling various take-home organic snacks and provisions!
Address: Kobe-shi, Chuo-ku, Kitanagasa-dori 3-11-15
Opening hours: 11:30-22:30 (Sunday 11:30-22:00)
Directions: Hankyu Line, Kobe-Sannomiya Station, West Exit (5-min walk)