Located in the Nagoya Marriot Associa Hotel, Mikuni is an upscale restaurant which serves authentic French cuisine, offering breathtaking views of the city from the 52nd floor of the building. The classic French-style decor, antique wooden furnishings, and intimate dining areas provide for a sophisticated dining experience that not many restaurants in the city can match up to. If you intend to experience the finest of French cuisine, order their 7-course meal, which will take you through a gastronomic journey full of vibrant colors, flavors, and panache.
Maruya is a famous Unagi restaurant that applies traditional Japanese cooking and grilling techniques while preparing all of their dishes. The Hitsumabushi eel is the standout dish on its menu, which is essentially steamed rice served with grilled eel in a wooden bowl. What sets this restaurant apart from the rest is its wood-fired chunks of eel, which gives it a distinct aroma and taste when compared to the ones grilled on charcoal. Visit Maruya, if you're in the mood to sample some of Japan's forgotten dishes.
Gentiane Leger is a cozy little cafe located in the heart of Nagoya known for its unique desserts and baked items. The Piyoring (chick-shaped pudding) is the dish that has put this cafe on the gastronomic map of the city. Their signature Piyorings are so well-crafted that patrons keep them as souvenirs in their homes. Take away might be a good option as there aren't many seating options available here.
Komeda Coffee is a Nagoya-based coffee shop chain offering a wide range of breakfast items throughout the day. The interiors are more like a full-service restaurant complete with exposed brick walls, velvet sofas, suspended lights and wooden ceilings. If you're a morning person, head out to Komeda Coffee and order their signature Ogura toast served with boiled eggs, butter and bean paste along with a hot cup of coffee to start your day on the front foot.
Piacere Mio is an Italian restaurant located in Nagoya, a 5-minute walk north of Osu Kannon Station. The Italian chefs here offer a truly Italian arrangement that will transport you to southern Italy. Apart from traditional Italian dishes, the menu also includes a few dishes which combine both Italian and Japanese flavors and cooking techniques. Leave some space for dessert as they are known to be exquisite.
Situated opposite the Hisayadori Station, Mybar is a centrally located bar and restaurant which attracts cosmopolitan crowds, making it a partying mainstay amongst the city's youth. Mybar serves a wide range of drinks such as cocktails, martinis, wine and beer along with an extensive menu comprising of Italian dishes, burgers and seafood tacos. The Milanesa a la Napolitana and chicken piccata are some of the favorites on their menu. If you're looking for a hip place to hang out with friends, Mybar is the place to be.
Bistro Yamazaki Teihat serves you so discreetly that you hardly notice them. It uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients, so the menu changes regularly. You can also order a la carte. If it is available, try the outstanding sea bass pie for two or the cheese and ham salad. If you plan to go on the weekend, it is better to make a reservation as it is very popular with young women.
Kato is a popular coffeehouse in Nagoya known for their home-roasted coffee blends and fusion breakfast items. Their Ogura toast, German sausages, and Coffee Zenzai are some of their specialty items on their menu. Kato's coffee blends are so good that they have also started selling their freshly-ground coffee to a number of leading restaurants and cafes across Nagoya. You can also get their specialty coffee delivered to your doorstep by placing and order online from their website.
As its name implies, Yuri is a coffee shop that offers its patrons a nice selection of jazz with both recordings and videos of some of the best of the genre. Established in 1968, the small and intimate interior exhibits a nice patina of age. A good spot for lunch, Yuri also offers the popular Japanese curry. Easy to find, it is located on a corner and, like many traditional shops in Japan, has a statue of a tanuki (raccoon), an animal native to Japan and considered good luck, standing at the entrance and playing what looks like a saxophone.
With a central location, a long history, and a shadowy, intimate atmosphere, this is one of the premier places in Nagoya to enjoy live jazz. Regular acts include local, national and international artists. Opened 30 years ago, Lovely patrons have seen some of the regular artists that appear on the stage go on to become nationally known recording stars.