Character Cafes Visiting Japan

Visiting The Pompompurin Cafe In Japan

Posted on August 19, 2016 by

Like many of you, I’ve been avidly following the character cafe trend which has taken over Asia with adorable cafes themed for our favourite kawaii characters popping up across Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and more. When I was in Japan recently, I visited the Pompompurin Cafe and here’s what it was like.

pom pom purin cafe

I was hoping my trip would coincide with an amazing popup cafe, but sadly missed both the Miffy and Rilakkuma cafes by mere days! Luckily there are lots of permanent character cafes and I visited the Pom Pom Purin Cafe while in Osaka.

pom pom purin cafe

It’s situated in the Umeda Hankyu mall, which also has a Gudetama cafe and a huge branch of Kiddyland. I managed to find it in the basement with all the other restaurants and it was completely empty on a Tuesday lunchtime.

pom pom purin cafe

The staff are quite happy for you to take photos of everything and wander about to see all the details. All the decor is so cute, with artwork on the walls, pudding chairs, a big figurine to pose with and lots of cute things on your table.

pom pom purin cafe

Here’s a look at part of the menu – it was so hard to choose what to have! Each cafe has a couple of exclusive regional dishes – in Osaka there’s okonomiyaki (a kind of cabbage pancake) and takoyaki (octopus dumplings) that are actually chocolate. In the end I went for the coconut chicken curry and chose a mango ice cream drink over dessert (it was a really hot day!).

pom pom purin cafe

The food looked just as cute as the menu pictures with lots of fun details and I took tons of photos. The curry was really good as well – sometimes kawaii food is very much style over substance but I would eat this again. The drink came with a free coaster that you can see there, but I forgot to take it home with me in all the excitement. So sad!

pom pom purin cafe

Here’s a close look at my drink. I didn’t want to eat the ice cream! There were real mango chunks at the bottom and lots of ice with mango soda and ice cream on top. It was very refreshing but it was almost impossible to eat the mango as it was trapped under so much ice. I would have been better getting a proper dessert.

pompompurin cafe

This was one of the times when I wished I had traveling companions so we could order more and try everything. I would definitely go back sometime to try some more dishes. Look how cute it all is!

pom pom purin cafe

Even though I was on my own, I wasn’t offered the Pom Pom Purin plush as a dining companion. Probably they didn’t know if I would understand. You can just see the shop there too which sells lots of plushies, stationery and more including some exclusive cafe items. I spent a long time deciding and eventually got a plush keyring. I bought most of the others below in Kiddyland.

plush

Sadly the Osaka and Yokohama branches have closed but there is still a permanent Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku.

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3 Comments

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    Blue Eyed Night Owl
    August 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    This is hands down the thing I most want to visit in Japan. I adore Pom Pom Purin and everything about this cafe is just so freakin’ cute! And the food actually seems pretty tasty too:)

  • Reply
    Adrianna Moreno
    August 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    OMG SO LUCKY I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO THERE!

  • Reply
    Tash
    August 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This looks amazing!! I wish I had known about it when I visited Japan. Oh well, it’s an excuse for another trip!

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