From robots to rabbits, Tokyo has no shortage of cute and crazy restaurants and cafes.
Theme cafes are popular in Japan because of their novelty and uniqueness. Some are permanent fixtures, like the world famous Robot Restaurant
, and others are kikan gentei cafes
or pop-up cafes, operating only for a short time. Now you see it -- now you don't!
Theme cafes are usually designed around a particular fashion style, anime, or kawaii (cute)character. These fun cafes are not only meant for long-time fans but also to introduce newcomers and inspire new followers. Short duration can equal long lines but to get a sense of pop culture Japan, visitors should certainly add one of these super cute dining spots to their must-see trip list!
Miffy Cafe (this one closes soon -- so Miffy fans should head over there this week!)
Try the Miffy burger and Latte- almost too cute to eat -- Photo by Kay Natsumi
Miffy is a well-known cartoon about a small rabbit that first aired in the 1950s, and has since gained a huge following worldwide. This cafe in Shibuya's Parco department store
is decorated with Miffy posters and offers many cute Miffy-themed foods, such as a big Miffy burger, Miffy latte, and Miffy pancake. Visitors will have a great opportunity to learn more about the small rabbit, and her friends and family. This particular spot in Parco features a different theme cafe every so often and I highly recommend checking it out whenever you come to Tokyo, they just might be hosting another unique cafe in this popular pop-up spot!
Fruity and adorable Miffy pancake -- Photo by Kay Natsumi
Date: 2016/03/18 － 2016/05/08
Time: 11am-11pm (last food order 10pm, last drink order: 10:30pm)
7F Shibuya Parco
Part 1, 15-1 Uchidagawa-cho Shibuya-ku Tokyo-to
Pom Pom Purin 20th anniversary curry -- Photo by Kay Natsumi
Pom Pom Purin, produced by Sanrio
(the makers of Hello Kitty), is a friendly, adorable golden retriever. He may look like a puppy but actually, he is celebrating his 20th birthday! The cafe is located in Harajuku's famous Takeshita-dori Street
, and is filled with pictures of Pom Pom Purin and his friends. Here, you can read Pom Pom Purin's profile and learn more about him. The atmosphere of the cafe is light and friendly and the super-cute dishes are shaped like this famous, playful dog with his brown beret. The cafe is not a pop-up but this year 2016 they offer some special menu items only available for the anniversary.
Pom Pom Purin Pudding -- Photo by Kay Natsumi
Time: 11am-9pm (last food order: 8pm, last drink order: 8:30pm)
Address: 3F Cute Cube Harajuku, 1-7-1 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo-to
Complete Your Spring Theme Cafes Plan at the Chibiusa Cafe (Sailor Moon Pop-up)
The quick to sell out Sailor Moon burger -- Photo by Kay Natsumi
Famous locally and globally, the Chibiusa Cafe
allows fans of the super popular anime Sailor Moon to experience her world through adorable and tasty dishes. The cafe opens at 11am, but their most popular item, the Sailor Moon Burger is always the first to sell out, often gone within the first few hours after opening. Even with lines that take up to two hours, and a one-hour table limit in the cafe, people of all ages and backgrounds still love to visit (multiple times for some fans). Chibiusa Cafe also shows new episodes of the anime, along with the Sailor Moon soundtracks while you dine.
Visit theme cafes for fan-favorite desserts -- Photo by Kay Natsumi
Date: 2016/04/16 －2016/06/19
Time: 11am-10pm -- Please note, one-hour table limit.
Address: 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo-to
These are just a few of the cute, popular theme cafes in Tokyo. If you love kawaii culture, remember you can do more than shop for Hello Kitty souvenirs. Check out a pop-up cafe while you are in town and immerse yourself in all that is cute and kitschy. Be sure to take photos of your special character food as friends at home will be sure to be amazed at your pink burger bun or adorable puppy dog curry!
In fact, if you have not had enough cute culture yet -- why not plan a Hello Kitty shopping excursion with our Kitty-chan itinerary on Odigo?