Let’s drink delicious Chai in Osaka
In Osaka, if you want to drink a delicious Chai, we recommend you this shop called…
Also known as CANTE, CANTE GRANDE is a famous shop in Osaka. There are 10 shops in Osaka.
Entrance of the main shop, the Nakatsu shop
The main shop is not situated in a busy street where there is always a lot of people but in a residential street.
The entrance is beautifully decorated with flowers. At first glance, it looks like a regular house, but if you come closer, you’ll see there’s the shop signboard and the menu.
Main Shop Nakatsu CANTE GRANDE 32-2, Nakatsu 3-Chome Kita-ku, Osaka-shi 531-0071 (B1)
Hankyuu Nakatsu station is the closest station. You can also walk there from Hankyuu Umeda station.
◆From the Hankyuu Nakatsu station exit (only one exit) go downstairs, follow the JR freight line on the left side, turn left at the second elevated railroad, it is at the first traffic light at the angle. It’s about 5 minutes walking.
◆Take the exit number 2 of Nakatsu subway station and you will see the「CANTE GRANDE BAKERY」. It’s about 5 minutes walking from there.
◆From Umeda it’s about 15 minutes walking
※There is no parking lot at CANTE
※There is a toll parking lot close to CANTE
But CANTE GRANDE can be a little bit difficult to find as you have to walk from the station, and also as it’s situated in a residential area. We recommend you to go there from the closest station, Nakatsu station, and ask local people “Where is the main shop of CANTE?”. Generally, they know where it is and they will show you the way.
A long stairway to CANTE’s entrance
The main shop is actually situated in the basement. So you have to go down the stairs. You will feel an explosion of freshness surrounded by all these plants!
Arriving at the shop!!!
Being inside the shop feels like you’ve been transported to another dimension. Also, there is a lot of goods imported from India.
Here is another picture of the inside of the shop.
We can’t summarize it in just one picture, but it might give you an idea on how spacious this shop is. It’s the perfect place to relax and forget about busy days. There is also alcohol.（※By the way, you can smoke in this shop. We’re really sorry if you don’t like cigarette’s smoke(_ _)）
Apart from this main shop, there are also other easy to find shops.
This building with the weird name (E~ma) is a fashion building and it is also really easy to access.
Take the south central exit of the JR “Osaka station”, and walk in direction to the subway. There is an underground shopping area. Go straight ahead, and turn left at the round area.
You can come from the Hankyuu “Umeda station”, the JR “Osaka station” or the Midosuji line “Umeda station”.
Go up the stairs of the east exit of Hanshin “Umeda station”, on the right, go to “Kitashinchi station”.
Take the south exit of “Umeda station” of Midosuji line, and go straight forward in the direction of the JR “Kitashinchi station”
Take the exit number 3 of the “Higashi Umeda station” of Tanimachi line and go straight forward.
Take the 7-B exit at south exit of the Yotsubashi line “Nishi Umeda station”, go straight forward to the JR “Osaka station” walk through the underground shopping area and turn right at the round place in direction of the “Higashi Umeda station” of Tanimachi line.
Take the exit of the “Kitashinchi station” of the JR Tozai line walk in direction of the JR “Osaka station” walk through the underground shopping area, turn right at the round place and go in direction of the “Higashi Umeda station” of Tanimachi line.
CANTE is at the 5th floor!
The Utsubo park is very close…
One of the major park of Osaka, the “Utsubo park”. There is a fountain and a lot of people come there with their children, or with their dogs. Some do their usual jogging, and other are just relaxing with a book. In this neighborhood, there is also a lot of trendy and cute restaurants, cafes and variety stores.
It’s 2 minutes walking from the Honmachi station of Yotsubashi line and about 5 minutes walking from the Honmachi station of Midosuji line
This is the Utsubo Park CANTE shop!
In this area, the atmosphere at night is also really nice.
Apart from the Chai, there is also delicious food!
Lot of cakes!
Here is a Tarte tatin.
And other Indian food you can enjoy with your Chai.
And the other reason why CANTE is famous is…
Because of the members of Ulfuls, a rock band from Osaka. They used to work at CANTE.
The members of Ulfuls, a famous rock band, used to have a part time job at CANTE. There is a lot of Ulfuls’ fans who come to Osaka to go to CANTE.
（※But unfortunately Ulfuls is not in the music industry anymore since 2009.）
But if you’re lucky enough, you might see one of the Ulfuls member coming to relax in the shop!