Featuring some of the cutest food served in Japan.
If you love kawaii food like me, you must take the opportunity to visit these super cute and fun character cafes in Tokyo, Japan.
After lots of eating and travelling, I have finally compiled this list of character cafes to visit in Japan. Some of these are permanent stores (yay!!), short term cafes, or limited time/pop up cafes which I have also indicated.
I have visited some 11 character cafes this time, the last two (no. 12 and 13) I didn’t manage to catch them cause one was opened on the day I was leaving and the other was located a little far off at Odaiba. Save for next trip!
Stay tuned for my next upcoming post, Character Cafes in Osaka and Kyoto.
1. Character Foodcourt @ Sanrio Puroland
(Permanent *menu may change seasonally)
Address: Japan, 〒206-0033 Tokyo, Tama, 落合1丁目31番地
Nearest train station: 5mins walk from Tama Center Station on Keio Line (http://en.puroland.jp/access_en/)
One of the best places to visit (and for Sanrio fans) for cute character food is at Sanrio Puroland. Plus not only can you eat cute food, you can go do loads of shopping at the stores as well as meet the Sanrio mascot characters, watch their parade shows etc.
I ordered their My Melody Curry, Cinamonroll Curry, Gudetama Omu Curry Rice, My Melody Eclair and My Melody Daifuku.
The other two curries felt a little salty and not enough ingredients (just rice and gravy) but nonetheless, who can fault the experience of eating cute food. haha.
The good thing is that the Character Food Court is spacious with ample seating. Water dispenser is also available if you choose not to order their drinks.
- Buy tickets for Sanrio Puroland before heading to Japan at authorised travel agencies such as JTB. This makes it much easier for you and enjoy concession on the ticket price.
- Go get your food just before 12 noon to miss the lunch crowd, as queues might form (but seating are still available).
- If you order their bento boxes or pudding cup desserts, you can get to take home the bento box or the ceramic cups FOC!
My Melody Dream Cafe @ Sanrio Puroland
While you are at Sanrio Puroland, you should also quickly check out this limited time My Melody Dream Cafe on level 2.
The prettiest cutest desserts and sweets featuring My Melody and Kiki and Lala from Little Twin Stars.
2. Pompompurin Cafe at Yokohama
Address: 横浜市西区南幸2-1-5 YOKOHAMA SOTETSU SQUARE
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm (last order 830pm)
For those who follow my blog, you would know that I have visited the Pompompurin cafe at Harajuku last year and faced cray queues.
The good news is that both the queues for their Yokohama and Harajuku branches seemed to have subsided. Just maybe try to avoid peak days like Friday or Saturdays.
Their Yokohama store has a bigger wow factor for the entire store front and store interior deco, as compared to their Shibuya restaurant. They even have a section of ‘beds’ where you are can sit/lie down.
The menu at the Pompompurin Cafe at Yokohama is slightly different from their Harajuku store, with items exclusive to this store.
I had their Dim Sum set as well as the French Toast dessert. The steamed buns were surprisely yummy with soft bun encasing juicy minced meat in the large Pompompurin and black sesame filling for the Muffin character bun (Muffin is a friend of Pompompurin).
I also tried their french toast which was pretty okay except that they really ought to improve the vanilla ice cream.
Tip: If you would like their limited edition pompompurin ceramic cup, select items on their menu (such as the one below) that is marked with the cup, you will get one clean one to take home FOC after the meal!
3. Pompompurin Cafe at Harajuku
Address: 東京都渋谷区神宮前1-7-1 CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3階
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (last order for food is at 8pm)
Directions: 3 mins from Harajuku (JR), 7 mins walk from Mejijingumae
Read my earlier blog post on this cafe and see more photos here.
Pretty similar to Yokohama, except smaller and less menu items. This is great if you prefer to stay in Shibuya/Harajuku area and not venture out to Yokohama.
They also have a small section that retails Pompompurin items as well.
Tip: If you would like their limited edition pompompurin ceramic cup, select items on their menu (such as the one above) that is marked with the cup, you will get one clean one to take home FOC after the meal!
4. Snoopy Cafe @ Meguro
(permanent) * reservations accepted via website
Address: 〒153-0042 東京都目黒区青葉台2-16-7
Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Naturally I first learnt of the opening of this permanent Snoopy Cafe in October 2015, I was so excited.
What awaits is a character quite unlike the others. A beautiful white cafe space, located in an equally tranquil neighbourhood of Meguro and just next to Meguro river. Just imagine during the cherry blossom season!
This Snoopy Cafe has lots of natural lighting in the cafe, a joy to take photos of food and a lovely place to relax.
Reservations remain popular at this 2 month old cafe. To avoid disappointment, I would suggest making reservations instead of walking in. On the day of my visit, I saw several being turned away as the cafe was fully booked and that was despite it being a weekday morning.
The reservations option is also awesome for those who are travelling and want to make sure that they get a space to dine in at this Peanuts Cafe.
Menu wise, instead of a strong focus on cutesy kawaii food, the Snoopy Cafe seems to focus more on actual cafe food from salads to pasta. The cutest character item on the menu are these mini sliders.
The in house peanut butter was the bomb though. I was literally licking the jar :P
They also have quite a wide range of retail goods, I got the Snoopy cotton sling bag.
- Make reservations!
- You can also order the cute Snoopy bread buns as extra side top tup with other main course orders.
5. Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe @ Jiyugaoka
(permanent) *Reservations accepted
住所：〒〒152-0035 Tokyo, Meguro, 自由が丘1丁目25-20
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (daily)
Nearest train station: less than 5 minutes walk from Jiyugaoka station
I stumbled upon this Cafe accidentally when shopping tat Jiyugaoka area.
Jiyugaoka, just 10 minutes away from Shibuya is a stylish and chic neighboughood at the southern part of Meguro. I highly recommend a visit here especially if you love a laid back neighbourhood with lots of cafes, zakka stores and stylish shops.
I spent quite a significant part of my time in Japan in this lovely neighbourhood.
I ordered their cheese omelette salad set that came with their in house cheese filled bread buns (yummy!) . Presentation was 100% effort, there was even dry ice with the salad when they first served me the plate. Pretty magical I must say.
They also retail some small pastries and their bread buns for takeaway. I say skip the hard dry scones and go for their cheese bread buns instead.
Like most character cafe, there are some some Peter Rabbit merchandise on sale here to satisfy the shopping urges! :)
I would imagine during the day, this cafe with the natural lighting will be beautiful and great for photos!
6. Nicolas House @ Omotensando
Address:東京都渋谷区神宮前4-26-5 神宮前426ビル 1F・2F
Opening hours: 11am to 8pm (Mon – Fri, Sun) 10am to 8pm (Sat)
The waitress shared with me that upon repeat visits, you can stamps on the member card and get ‘promoted’ in member status, giving you the chance to wear different type of bunny headpieces. haha.
I ordered a savory item for lunch, which was their Adult lunch set. You can choose from a variety of sides, mine was salmon.
As I didn’t really feel like eating choux that day, but saw that most diners came in for their pastries and desserts. So perhaps that could have been a better choice instead.
Gudetama Cafe Gudetama and Kirimi chan Cafe@ Skytree, Solamachi (Updated)
March 2015 to Nov 2015) 21 Dec 2015 to 14 Feb 2016)
The Gudetama Cafe was located on the 4th floor of the West Yard of the Skytree.
This is for all Gudetama fans (like me)!
While this was just a small diner/takeout store located at Solamchi, the shopping zone of Skytree. It was enough to get me totally excited.
The menu changes seasonally so the one that I tried was different from what they offered when they first opened. The previous menu was cuter though. See pictures below.
The pork bun (nikuman) and curry steam bun not only looked cute, tasted pretty decent too. And nice to have some warm food when the weather is cool.
Hope they will bring back this pop up cafe or introduce more Gudetama cafe to Tokyo soon (when I am there :P).
The good news is that Sanrio has just announced that the cafe is coming back this December and will be extended to Feb 2016. Best part is that not only will you find Gudetama food, there will be Kirimi chan too.
Check out their new menu!
8. Snoopy X Tower Records Cafe Shibuya
(Limited time: 17 Nov 2015 to 31 Dec 2015)
Address: TOWER RECORDS CAFE（タワーレコード渋谷店2F）〒150-0041東京都渋谷区神南1-22-14
Opening hours: 10am to 1130pm
Lucky stars upon me, I was shopping in Tower Records to buy time as I was waiting for another store next door to open and realised that there was a limited time Snoopy x Tower Records Cafe on Level 2!
A spacious setting with a cute menu to match. The whole place was also nicely decked with with Snoopy plush toys and comics that one can browse and read.
I ordered the meatball Snoopy lunch with a Snoopy hot chocolate. Food was pretty decent and service was great.
Go visit if you are in Shibuya or are a Snoopy fan. Missed out the limited time period? Check out the permanent Snoopy Cafe (See No. 4 above).
9. My Little Pony X Sunday Jam Cafe
(Limited time 13 Oct to 29 Nov 2015)
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingu-mae 4-28-28, Lucessimo Building 2F
While I am not a major My Little Pony fan now, I loved the cartoons when I was a child. But of course, the cartoon series and even the looks of My Little Pony have changed much over the years.
I realised that they took reservations but lucky me, it was a weekday morning and I could easily get a seat.
The sandwich came with a (sort of) My Little Pony print, fries, vegetables and a pink looking liquid – which was actually potato soup. The pink potato soup was actually really yummy. haha
Since I didn’t eat the pancakes, here is a picture from Twitter user @mimori_suzuko on the cute magical looking pancakes.
10. Kapibarasan 10th anniversary cafe
(Limited time: 3 Nov to 25 Dec 2015)
Address：「Sign 外苑前」〒107-0061 東京都港区北青山2-7-18 山崎ビル1・2F
Cafe opening hours: 11am to 9pm (last order 8pm)
Directions: Just next to Gaienmae station, or 8 mins walk from Omotensando station
I saw in their menu that they also had this really kawaii drink but did not think I could stomach candy floss sugar high that day. haha.
Their new Xmas menu actually also looks so much better and more promising.
The fun part about this pop up store is that it is quite comprehensive, apart from the 2 storeys cafe, it also has a bar as well as a workshop area (at level 5) where you can make our own Kapibarasan key chains etc.
11. Ojipan Cafe at Harajuku
(Limited time till 10 July to 31 Dec 2015)
Address: 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前1丁目7番1号 CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F
Opening hours: 11 am to 9 pm (last order 8.30pm)
I was attracted to Ojipan Cafe when I spotted their cute menu outside the Harakjuku store.
Plus I got to learn about this new character Ojipan. This cafe is actually a collaboration between the character Ojipan and Pomu no Ki, a Omlette Rice (omuraisu) chain store.
The menu though limited was filled with Ojipan and Omurainu characters.
And kudos to the deco of the cafe with lots of Ojipan goods.
I chose the spaghetti set cause I wanted the Ojipan panda but since this is supposed to be a Omurice store, the omurice might taste better I think.
12. Pop Up at THE GUEST cafe＆diner of Shibuya PARCO
Cinnamonroll Cafe （シナモロールカフェ）- Limited time: 4 Dec 2015 to 25 Jan 2016
THE GUEST cafe＆diner, 渋谷パルコ パート１・７Ｆ
Opening hours: 11am to 1030pm (Last order for food is at 10pm)
THE GUEST cafe & diner is the place to keep your eyes peeled. There has been a string of character pop up cafes from Little Twin Stars to the current Cinnamoroll cafe.
Sadly I missed out both as I was not back in Japan when they happened. But if you are travelling to Japan anytime soon, do check this this super cute Cinnamoroll Cafe.
Just look at the menu (swoons)
13. Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty
Address: 〒135-0064 東京都江東区青海1-1-10 ダイバーシティ東京プラザ4F
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm (last order 8pm)
I didn’t manage to go to this Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty this trip. Probably will do that in my next visit back to Japan.
Image source: Sanrio Japan http://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/cafe-de-miki-kitty-201411/