Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro!

Ikebukuro was one of the first places I visited during my Japan trip. The 2 story Sanrio store in the town was one of my favorite Sanrio stops 😍. Just recently I got a sweet note all the way from Japan to check out the newly opened Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro!

This new Hello Kitty cafe opened up on April 25th 2019 and is located in the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It opened up this year in honor of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and will only be open for a limited time!

The cafe has an abundance of Hello Kitty tasty treats for any Hello Kitty Foodie. In this blog post, I share some of the kawaii offerings.

One of the surprising things I learned about Tokyo is that they are a hub for good tacosx Who would’ve known? Hello Kitty however knows of this fact and there is a great taco plate offered here at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro. The Hello Kitty taco rice plate is offered at $14 and has taco-flavored ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. The cup of rice has Hello Kitty peeking from it. This is almost too cute to eat ;).

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The savory goodness doesn’t end with the taco plate however. There is also a delicious Hello Kitty tomato cream pasta. Also offered at $14; this pasta dish comes with plate of ribbon pasta in cream cheese sauce along with Hello Kitty shaped bread on top of the pasta. The plate comes with mushroom consommé soup and mashed potato salad. The mashed potatoes are shaped like Hello Kitty’s favorite fruit; apple.  The mashed potatoes  are colored with beets and pressed into a ball to make it look like a apple! How kawaii is that?

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As any Hello Kitty fan knows; Hello Kitty loves apples. Kitty’s favorite food is her Mama’s apple pie and here at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro; there are lots of apple treats that Kitty and her friends are sure to love. The apple plate comes with a grilled apple, strawberry whipped cream and layer of custard cream. This a wonderful dessert and sweet treat. It is quite a deal too for $11.50!

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There are more lovely sweet treats at the cafe. One of the neatest treat is in a little pink cup! At first glance, it looks like a really cute coffee latte, but is actually a unique take on the English trifle cake. The cake is made into a cup with a Hello Kitty design. This dessert offered at $11.50 has blue curacao panna cotta sponge cake with strawberry sauce. There is a special touch with a Hello Kitty made out of marshmallows peeking out from a cloud of whipped cream.

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To go along with the savory and sweet dishes, is an amazing tapioca drink! The tapioca drink here consists of pink strawberry yogurt, blue curacao yogurt, whipped cream and  a cherry on top. It is a lovely milk shaped special container with a label that has a Hello Kitty design. The label has Kitty surrounded by other cute and famous characters that are congratulating her on her 45th anniversary.

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All of the offerings at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro come with a  special Hello Kitty lunch mat and postcard. Drink orders come with a Hello Kitty coaster.

Hello Kitty Cafe Ikekebukro is a limited cafe and will close permanently at the end of June. It is on the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro in Tokyo. Opening hours are from 11am to 11pm on weekdays, and 10:30am to 11pm on weekends. For more info on where it is located please see this  link to Google Maps.

Special thanks to Candy Japan for reaching out to Hello Kitty Foodie

Source and images: Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, https://bg-mania.jp/2019/04/25290448.html

 

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Hello Harajuku!

On my recent trip to Japan, Harajuku was the top of the list of one of the most fun places I visited. It is internationally the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion and not only was the visit colorful and unique but it was quite a Hello Kitty Foodie adventure as well!

My number one reason for coming to Harajuku was to visit Reissue Cafe! Reissue Cafe is world-famous for their latte art! 💕☕️.  Reissue is home to latte artist, Kohei Matsuno.  He uses foam and chocolate to make the cutest 2D and 3D latte creations ever! My choice of course was Hello Kitty!

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Reissue is located a little off Takeshita Street; the main street in Harajuku that has their famous boutiques. Soon after I visited Reissue, I instantly spotted Eiswelt Gelato! Eiswelt meaning “ice world” in German; had its first store open in Westminster, California in 2016. What makes Eiswelt so special is their character gelato. You can get gelato shaped in cute animals like a teddy, piggy, chicken and bunny! It is only in Japan however that you can get a froggy! I had to get the froggy of course because it was very similar to one of my favorite Sanrio characters, Keroppi! For the froggy gelato, you can choose to either get mint or matcha flavours. I went with matcha; in true Japanese spirit!

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One doesn’t visit Harajuku without trying their famous crepes. Marion Crepes first opened up in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku.

Marion Crepes started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. They serve have Japanese-style crepes that are filled with delicious ingredients. I chose to get their Strawberry and Banana Chocolate Cheesecake Cream Crepe! The crepe itself was so soft. It is made with a secret recipe and is truly mouth-watering.

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Last bu definitely not least;  I visited Pompompurin Cafe! Pompompurin, the Sanrio yellow golden retriever actually has three cafes in Tokyo but the original one is in Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku. The cafe is supercute and filled with bright yellow and brown tones to match PomPomPurin and their menu is filled with Pompompurin inspired dishes and drinks. My choice was the Pompompurin Cafe stew which had a combo of three different stews; carrot stew, squid ink stew and purple sweet potato stew that was topped off with cutest 3D Pompompurin rice 💛!

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Harajuku was definitely a cute and colorful culinary Hello Kitty Foodie adventure! I loved visiting all the various cafes and eating the most kawaii creations ever!

 

Hello Sanrio Store Visits in Tokyo!

Aside from flying on the Hello Kitty plane, visiting Sanrio Puroland and staying at the Hello Kitty hotel room one of the most memorable things I did in Tokyo was visiting the five recommended Sanrio stores in Tokyo. Sanrio Japan has a list of all the Sanrio stores in Japan and there were five they featured and recommended. It became my goal while visiting Tokyo to visit each and every one.

My first visit was the Sanrio Gift Gate Ikebukuro Store. Located near the JR Ikebukuro Station and near Sunshine City in Ikebukuro is this two story Sanrio Gift Gate. It’s a really cute store with a staircase that features Hello Kitty inspired paintings on the wall and a large Hello Kitty plush at the top.

My next Sanrio visit was the Hello Kitty Japan in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza! This is located in Odaiba and I really enjoyed this store because they Odaiba specific items. One of my favorite souvenirs was a Hello Kitty Japan Odaiba tote.

I also liked the Hello Kitty Japan in DiverCity because they had  Hello Kitty cafe selling Hello Kitty pancakes, donuts and drinks right next to it!

I next stopped at Hello Kitty Japan at Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi. Tokyo Skytree in itself is an amazing place to visit because it is the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters! There are various stores and restaurants but the Hello Kitty Japan of course was my favorite to visit.

My fourth Sanrio visit was the Sanrio Gift Gate in Shinjuku! This one had a cool looking store front because there is a gigantic Hello Kitty mosaic statue!

Last but not least was my Sanrio visit to Sanrio World Ginza. Ginza is considered to be one of the most expensive, elegant and luxurious streets in the world and Sanrio World Ginza is equally elegant with a special sparkly entrance with Hello Kitty and My Melody made out of Swarovski. This is the largest Sanrio flagship store in the world and this store is two stories. The lower floor is dedicated all to Hello Kitty and includes a Swarovski Bling Me Shop as well as nail shop! The Swarovski shop inside Sanrio World Ginza is truly special and filled with many beautiful items.

Mission accomplished in visiting all the Sanrio Japan recommended stores! Each store is was uniquely kawaii in their own special way. I loved visiting them all and it made my Japan trip even more special.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Sanrio Gift Gate IkebukuroHello Kitty Japan OdaibaHello Kitty Japan Tokyo Skytree Town SolamachiSanrio Gift Gate Shinjuku and Sanrio World Ginza.

Hello Kitty Princess Room @ Keio Plaza Hotel!

When it came to choosing a hotel to stay at during my trip to Tokyo; it just seemed the perfect choice to choose Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku! This was dream Hello Kitty trip and this place has eight inspired Hello Kitty rooms! I booked the Hello Kitty Princess room which is an elegantly dedicated room all about the princess herself; Hello Kitty!

The room is absolutely gorgeous and the attention to detail is phenomenal. The walls are all pink and simply oozing with Hello Kitty charm.

I love the bow inspired couch (with a table filled that has Hello Kitty bow water.)

There is a gigantic Hello Kitty high heel chair for good fortune!

The tea kettle and tea is even Hello Kitty inspired.

When one steps in the bathroom; one walks into the cutest bathroom ever!

There are Hello Kitty waste baskets; Hello Kitty hair dryers; a Hello Kitty scale and a Hello Kitty toiletries. There’s even Hello Kitty slippers.

I even loved the signs for the door. They were Hello Kitty inspired too!

One of the best things about staying in the Hello Kitty hotel room is the Hello Kitty breakfast room service! This was true Hello Kitty Foodie heaven. The Hello Kitty breakfast had Hello Kitty Breakfast included a Hello Kitty stamped omelette, a Hello Kitty sandwich, sides of fries, ratatouille, corn soup, salad with hello kitty shaped croutons and hello kitty shaped radishes and yogurt with a hello kitty bow candy in a apple bowl.

Staying at the Hello Kitty room was truly a Hello Kitty dream come true and I truly felt like a Hello Kitty princess. 

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Keio Plaza Hotel. 

Hello Sanrio Puroland!

When I finally made the decision to visit Japan; a visit to Sanrio Puroland was of course on the top of the list! It has always been my dream to visit the ultimate Hello Kitty theme park.

The trip to Sanrio Puroland first started off with getting on the train to the city of Tama where Sanrio Puroland is located. From Shinjuku Station, I took the train to Tama Center Station.  Tama Center Station itself was a real treat! The station is decorated in Sanrio characters donning train conductor outfits. From stained glass ceilings to elevator doors; one can see Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Kiki and Lala all dressed up!

Hello Kitty has to be the cutest train conductor ever!

As one exit’s the Tama Center station; one steps into Hello Kitty’s town! This is the town that leads up to Sanrio Puroland. The town is filled with Hello Kitty walls showcasing her, her twin Mimmy, her Papa and Mama and of course her special someone, Dear Daniel!

The map of the town as well as the signs around the street all Hello Kitty inspired.

Even the stairs leading up; are Hello Kitty themed! It definitely is the cutest walkway to the themepark.

My excitement was definitely hitting an all time peak but there was nothing quite like seeing the entrance to Sanrio Puroland! It was like all of my childhood dreams coming true.

Once inside the theme park, I first hit up the Sanrio Character Boat Ride. This definitely was my favorite of the whole park. It reminds me a lot of the It’s a Small World ride in Disneyland except it’s all Sanrio characters! Throughout the ride; you step into the world of many of our favorite characters. My favorite of course was Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel.

I also went on the My Memoroad Drive! Here one gets to ride My Melody cars and all along the ride; they take pictures of you! One can choose to purchase a photo collage that you can decorate at the end of the ride.

Another favorite of mine was visiting Lady Kitty’s house! It’s so elegant and beautiful and the best part of all is you get to meet the main lady herself; Hello Kitty at the end!

In true Hello Kitty Foodie form; I had to checkout some of their food offerings as well. Everything was so kawaii! I chose to get the Hello Kitty curry! I loved the Hello Kitty shape rice and how her ribbon is made out of spam!

I also loved the Hello Kitty ramen! Ramen has never been so cute!

Sanrio Puroland was truly a dream come true and a visit that I will never forget.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp reviews on Tama Train Station Sanrio Puroland