I first spotted the Hello Kitty pink café while roaming the streets of Hongdae in Seoul, South Korea in 2011. It was my first year in Korea and I was amazed at all the amazing cute things you could buy and see. I had no idea there was even a thing such as Hello Kitty Café, but I was in Asia and this is where Hello kitty thrives much to my happiness.
Hongdae is a popular area in Seoul city where the young and trendy hang out. Hongdae University Campus is situated there so there are lots of events, restaurants and places to see. One of the biggest fashion and textiles schools is situated in Hongdae and you can find all the trendiest and independent fashion boutiques littered around the streets. Since 2011, there have been 2 more Hello Kitty Cafes which opened up in Seoul. One in Samcheon-dong and one in Myeongdong. I think the one in Hongdae is the best, it’s the first one and is the biggest.
The first trip
I decided to make my first trip to the café when my best friend decided to come and visit Korea. She is not a Hello Kitty fan, but it was going to be a unique experience that you definitely would not get in South Africa. Yes, I had bright orange hair at the time.
Pink! Pink! Pink!
It was pink everywhere! Pink chairs, pink walls, pink bathroom, pink desserts, pink everything. There are various Hello Kitty artworks, toys and pictures of her and her twin sister, Mimi everywhere. The decoration was so kitsch and cute. It’s rather romantic and fun.
After this visit, I brought many of my visiting friends to the cafe too! There are various limited edition figurines and souvenirs of her too, such as this giant gem encrusted statuette.
It’s a café so they serve hot drinks and smoothies and mostly sweet desserts. There’s no serious menu with food like the restaurants in Puroland. It has to offer its sweet offerings to stay true to its “kawaii” factor and the fact that Hello Kitty loves sweets. All cakes and snacks are usually in the shape of Hello Kitty’s famous head.
Sadly, I don’t like sweet things at all. Hello Kitty Café is a place to visit and sit in for the experience and it’s cute surroundings. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, it’s still a cool place to see. They have fruit smoothies too. The good news is that they have updated their menu to include sandwiches too!
We opted for hot chocolate and Hello Kitty waffles.
Why should you go?
It’s Hello Kitty. It’s pink. It’s unique. It’s Hello Kitty! The Hello Kitty Cafe has grown since I first ventured here. More popped up in Seoul, then went to other Asian countries such as China and Taiwan. There’s even a mobile Hello Kitty cafe in the USA!
Where to find it in Korea:
- Hongik University or Hongdae (364-14, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea)
- Myeongdong (28, Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea)
- Sinchon (13-3, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea)
- Jeju Island (1963-2, Sangchang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea)
For more info visit: http://www.hellokittycafe.co.kr/