Umekita Second Project - Courtesy of Umekita Second Project Developer
Umekita Second Project - Courtesy of Umekita Second Project Developer

Time Out Market is heading to Osaka

The food and cultural market is set to open in 2025 in the Umekita Second Zone - an innovative urban development

Written by Time Out PR
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Time Out Market, the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, is set to open in Osaka in 2025.

Opening in partnership with real estate developer Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corporation, Time Out Market Osaka will bring the best of the city together under one roof: its best chefs, restaurateurs and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. 

The first location for the company in the region, Time Out Market Osaka will open in the Umekita Second Zone development. The Umekita Project, in the Umeda area of the city, is an innovative large-scale development at the former cargo yard in front of Osaka Station. Once complete, it will establish an urban complex with offices, hotels, commercial facilities, a municipal park and housing.

At Time Out Market Osaka, visitors will get to taste food from the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs, sip cocktails from award-winning mixologists and enjoy culture and entertainment from Osaka’s rising talents. The Market will span over 31,000 sq ft, and include a curated mix of 15 of Osaka’s best chefs and restaurateurs, and two bars.

2025 is set to be a historic and memorable year for Osaka as it will host the World Expo, where millions of visitors are expected to travel from around the world to the city, with Time Out Market Osaka open in time to welcome these guests, too.

Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, bringing the city’s best chefs, restaurateurs and unique cultural experiences together under one roof - there are now seven Markets around the globe. The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon, quickly turning into the most popular destination in the city with over 4m locals and tourists visiting in 2019. The success of Lisbon brought further expansion, with Time Out Market opening in five major cities in North America in 2019: Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal and Chicago. In 2021, Time Out Market expanded into the Middle East with Time Out Market Dubai, and more Time Out Market locations are in the pipeline including Porto (2023), Abu Dhabi (2024), Prague (2025), Osaka (2025), London (tbc) and more.

With a focus on supporting local businesses, a close connection with the city is at the heart of the Time Out Market philosophy. As with its existing locations around the world, it is expected that the Osaka site will bring significant employment and broader benefits to the area. 

Didier Souillat, Co-CEO of Time Out Market, commented: “We look forward to working with Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corporation to bring the best of Osaka’s homegrown cuisine and culture together under one roof. 2025 is set to be an exciting year in Osaka, with all eyes on the city as it hosts the next World Expo, so it is perfect timing for us to curate the very best of the city for locals and visitors alike. 

“Time Out Market will bring something new and unique to Osaka. It is a culinary and cultural experience that can’t be found anywhere else - this makes Time Out Market so much more than just a food hall.”

A spokesperson for Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corporation, added: “The Umekita Second Project is a large-scale development project in the heart of Osaka, with the aim of creating a next-generation town centred on a park that is unparalleled in the world. The new station to be built in the development area will serve as a gateway for welcoming customers from around the world.

“Time Out Market Osaka is expected to be a place where visitors from Japan and abroad can not only find gourmet food that they should experience in Osaka, but also where people living and working in the neighbourhood can interact with people from around the world through gourmet food. Osaka is well known as a city of "kuidaore" (“too much good food to eat”) in Japan, and we are excited to be able to introduce Osaka's gourmet food and culture that is still largely unknown to the world.”

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