Meoto Zenzai (夫婦善哉) in Namba

I visited Meoto zenzai that is so popular Japanese sweets confectionery cafe during my trip. It’s also one of the popular sightseeing spot in Namba area.

Appearance, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)
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Meoto zenzai is located in front of Hozen-ji temple.

Location, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)

Do you know zenzai ? It’s sweet and red bean soup.

What is Meoto Zenzai ?

About meoto zenzai. “Meoto” is married couple. “meoto zenzai” is deprived from one bowl of zenzai divided into two bowls.

About meoto zenzai, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)


From right to left, Meoto zenzai (夫婦善哉), Cold meoto zenzai (冷し善哉), kakigori zenzai (氷善哉), Uji-matcha kakigori zenzai (宇治抹茶氷善哉).
Kakigori is served in summer only.

Menus in summrer, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)

By the way, do you know the difference between zenzai and oshiruko ?
It’s almost same. But zenzai have smashed red bean paste “tsubu an”, but oshiruko have strained red bean paste “koshi an”.


There’re only three tables in the shop. Maybe we have to share tables during busy hours. There’s no guests because I visited there just after the opening time on weekdays.

Interior, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)

Meoto zenzai is long-established Japanese confectionery cafe. So, there’re many autographs, pieces of newspapers and magazines concerning Meoto zenzai.

Interior2, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)
Interior 3, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)

Meoto zenzai

After I ordered, green tea (free of charge) was served. And then Meoto Zenzai (夫婦善哉, 800 yen)was served. I chose warm one. Both was mine 🙂


I said. Meoto zenzai is one bowl of zenzai divided into two bowls. So, both have half empty. And both have one shiratama (rice cake). So, it’s not large.

Small zenzai, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)

Zenzai is very sweet, so salty konbu was helpful.

Konbu, Meoto Zenzai (Hozenji)

Meoto zenzai is open until 10 p.m., so it’s also good to visit after dinner 🙂

About the restaurant

Name in English / Meoto Zenzai
Name in Japanese / 夫婦善哉
Address / 1-2-10 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone / 06-6211-6455

Open / 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Close / no scheduled

Reservation / Unavailable
Credit card / Unavailable
Smoking / Not permitted
URL / Website (in Japanese only)


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