Nothing gets the Japanese more excited than things that are ‘kawaii’ (cute), and this is reflected in many of their foods, particularly desserts. Tokyo businesses are certainly rising to the challenge of delivering social media-worthy creations that not only look good, but taste sensational. We uncover 5 cafes for treats so adorable that you’ll need to snap a picture first.
Pompompurin Cafe, Harajuku
Sanrio is responsible for some of the world’s most famous cute characters and Pompompurin is one of their most popular creations. He is an adorable Golden Retriever who sports a little beret and spends his days sleeping and eating puddings. Pompompurin was voted most popular Sanrio character in 1997 and 2015, so expect plenty of fans when visiting this wonderfully quaint little dessert house of his. There are two branches, one in Harajuku, and the other in Yokohama – just outside of Tokyo. Choose from Pompompurin-themed food like coconut milk curry and mango parfait. The cafe is decorated with Pompompurin and his friends for plenty of photo opportunities, and there is a gift shop.
Nearest station: Harajuku (for Tokyo)
Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku
Created by Harajuku fashion designer Sebastian Masuda, Kawaii Monster Cafe oozes cuteness. Step through the doors into a place completely out of this world with staff dressed as unicorns; there are lit-up rainbows and carousels where dancers perform for guests. It really is an experience like no other. The food is well-presented (our favourites are the sundaes) but this place is more renowned for the amazing interior visuals.
Nearest station: Meiji Jingu-mae
Peter Rabbit Garden, Jiyugaoka
The lovely neighbourhood of Jiyugaoka is home to the Peter Rabbit Garden cafe – a tribute to the children’s books by British author Beatrix Potter. The cafe is a gorgeous country-style garden, decorated with blooming flowers and character sculptures. Meals are presented with themed plates and subtle details, and most importantly they taste great, especially the cheese buns. If you’re lucky, you’ll even have a fluffy toy bunny companion join you at the table. Fans will feel like they’ve just stepped into the world of the classic children’s books; even for those who have never read one, it’s still very much a treat.
Nearest station: Jiyugaoka
Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty, Odaiba
Did you know that Hello Kitty is actually a British cat? Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty is therefore themed after her home city of London, and found in Tokyo’s popular port-side dating spot, Odaiba. The cafe serves classic English treats and beverages including scones, pancakes and of course, a tiered afternoon tea. Lattes are worth ordering as they come topped with Hello Kitty art. Many drinks come with a pretty coaster which you can take home as a souvenir of your experience.
Nearest station: Daiba
Cinnamoroll Dream Cafe, Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland is an indoor theme park dedicated to the famous Sanrio characters, with rides, shows and themed stores and restaurants. The attraction wouldn’t be complete without a themed cafe too, and this comes in the shape of the Cinnamoroll Dream Cafe, situated on the fourth floor of Rainbow Hall. It is themed after Cinnamoroll, the cute white puppy. Delectable dessert options include puddings and cream puffs which you can tuck into while watching Sanrio anime on surrounding television screens.
Nearest station: Tama Center
This article was first published at Silverkris.