Pretty sure that anyone reading this blog might start thinking I rate Osaka higher than any other place I’ve been. You’d be right, but only partly. ハaハaハa (HaHaHa) cafe in Minato-ku, Osaka is another one of those cute, clean and charming joints that added to my positive experience there. Thrown up as a tip from some newly made friends in Osaka it turned out to be a surprising venture in the quiet harbor suburb.
With nothing else of substance on the small island that is home to Osaka Aquarium I’m floored that HaHaHa is empty in the tourist driven area. The 1960’s building has been home of the cafe for 10 years and shows every minute of life that the family who runs the cafe has experienced. The space is more about the community than it is the business and a number of mothers with their kids dropped in to say hello to the owner while I sat and enjoyed my meal speaks of that.
Art, Cooking and even Yoga classes are run at various times in the building and there’s a beautiful crafts section in the cafe that displays hand made crafts from local artists.
The precise care taken in even the smallest tasks behind the cafe is bewitching. How can you not sit back and smile at a wash cloth folded and presented on a bit of raw timber? Oh god, it makes my heart beat faster just seeing it again. Marry me HaHaHa cafe.
Lunch sets start at ¥1000, include a sandwich, tea or coffee and a small soup. Meals are small, again, but the delicate nature of home made cuisine makes up for it.
It’s within walking distance from Osaka Aquarium so there’s no reason to ignore HaHaHa if you’ve ventured there for the day. It’s a pain to me that cafes such as HaHaHa exist because while their beauty is partly in their invisibility, they deserve more. Please check it out if you visit Osaka Aquarium and tell me what you think.
ハaハaハa is located at:
2F-1-5-28 Kaigan, Minato-Ku
+81 6 6576-0880
© 2017 Carey Ciuro