Our Instagram notifications reminded me that it’s a year since the ARTBOX Cafe opened in Brighton with a cute Pusheen theme. Now that cafes are opening up again, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of our favourite character cafes, and tell you about some new ones.
ARTBOX Cafe (Brighton, UK)
While Pusheen has been and gone, the ARTBOX Cafe. will continue to bring in new kawaii character themes. Gudetama is currently hanging around for sit in and takeout treats. Nicolette has full reports from her visits to Gudetama’s Lazy Lounge and the Pusheen Snack Parlour.
Rilakkuma Sabo (Japan)
My favourite character cafe experience has to be the Rilakkuma cafe in Arashiyama, near Kyoto. All the food was so fresh and healthy, and super cute too. They’ve now added 2 more branches at Miyajima and Matsuyama with new and exclusive dishes added every season. Read about our visit.
Pokemon Cafe (Japan)
Visiting the Pokemon Cafe is a really fun experience with with mascots to meet, exclusive products and lots of cute food. There’s permanent branches in Tokyo & Osaka plus a Pokemon Sweets cafe. They add fun new dishes regularly – currently you can order food that looks exactly like dishes in the new Pokemon Cafe Mix game, plus some special orders that are only available if you’ve cleared certain levels! Read about our visit.
Sanrio Cafes (Japan)
If you’re a Sanrio fan visiting Japan, you’re never too far from a cute cafe featuring one of the characters. There’s permanent cafes for Pompompurin and Cinnamoroll, and 2 new cafes to visit in Japan this year. A Hello Kitty Cafe is open at Narita Airport’s new Anime Deck until October and there’s a Sanrio Characters Cafe in Harajuku until January 2021. Hello Kitty often pops up around the globe too – remember Hello Kitty & Friends at Tombo Japanese Cafe in London?
You can read more of our cafe visits in the archives. Have you visited a character cafe? I hope we get to visit more soon.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.