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Link/
Shinsaibashi: Coffee
shop
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Stumbling across
Link was something
of a godsend, as I
had just received
email from a soon-
to-visit relative
who is a connoisseur
of both beer and
coffee. He was look-
ing forward to expe-
riencing the best
that Osaka had to
offer in both these
categories, and
while I had the beer
places down pat, I
was afraid that our
search for seriously
good coffee in Osaka
would come up empty.
Until I found Link,
that is.

Located on a quiet
back street of Shin-
saibashi, Link of-
fers coffee plain
and simple, without
the modern-day
frills - meaning
there is no whipped
cream to be found on
the premises! That
said, they do have
seventeen kinds of
coffee, divided
evenly on the menu
into Strong, Medium
and Light. You can
sample freshly
brewed coffee from
all four corners of
the world in a mat-
ter of minutes.
Prices range from
380 yen for a cup of
strong Ethiopian to
650 yen for a cup of
100% Blue Mountain
or Kona, which is
reasonable given the
quality and the
selection. Along
with your coffee you
can enjoy small
morsels of sand-
wiches or cheesecake
at very reasonable
prices.

Link itself has a
very modern cafe
feel to it - it
could be at home in
any major North
American city. It is
well laid out with
six perfectly
aligned two-person
tables on one side
of the room and a
six-person counter
facing neat rows of
porcelain coffee
cups on the other. I
knew this place was
more than just a
flashy, no-nothing
coffee shop when I
saw a roasting room
in the back - the
management here
obviously means
business. The atmos-
phere is very relax-
ing and this is the
perfect place for a
quiet conversation
with a friend and a
good escape from the
bustle of
Shinsaibashi-suji.

My only complaint is
that there are ash-
trays on every ta-
ble, which means
that smoke may
interfere with the
wonderful smell of
your coffee. Never-
theless, in the
three times I've
been there I've only
seen one table smok-
ing, so this is only
a minor flaw in this
wonderful coffee
house that I now
call 'My Saturday
Sanctuary'.
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Higashi-Shinsaiba-
shi 1-13-19, NT Bldg
1F. [from Midosuji
turn E on the street
that runs along the
north side of Daima-
ru; keep walking for
3 blocks until you
get to Family Mart
on your left hand
side; at Family Mart
turn left; Link is
located about 10
meters north, on the
right hand side]
 Open 9am-10pm.
Closed Mondays.
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