As Japan announces its reopening to the world, we’ve got some exciting news that should make you more desperate than ever to plan a return visit. Time Out Market – our very own expert-curated food and cultural market – is coming to Asia for the very first time. And the chosen location is Japan’s second city and undisputed dining capital: Osaka!
Time Out Market Osaka will be opening its doors in 2025, as part of the Umekita Second Zone development right by the city’s central station. (The timing is fortuitous: Osaka will also host World Expo that year, so start planning your trip now.)
Local Time Out editors will select simply the greatest chefs and restaurants in this food-obsessed city. These hand-picked culinary champions will dish up their diverse flavours from 15 kitchens under one very large roof, alongside cocktails and culture. And while the line-up is still very much under wraps, Osaka’s very finest takoyaki will surely feature somewhere.
The Time Out Market formula – grounded in good times, delicious dishes and support for local businesses – has already been a big success in Lisbon, Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Dubai. Openings in Porto, Abu Dhabi, Prague and London are also in the pipeline.
Now we’re beyond excited to be bringing the idea to Japan. This, after all, is the home of ‘kuidaore’: literally, eating till you run out of money. Just make sure you leave enough in your wallet for the taxi to the airport.
Here’s everything you need to know about Time Out Market. See you soon, Osaka!