Hello Kitty is adorable, pink, frilly and a way of life. Most of us grew up knowing about Hello Kitty from seeing her at Sanrio stores, from friends or traveling to Asia. Why not go a step up and go to a place out of a Hello Kitty fairytale? If you have ever wanted to step into Hello Kitty’s life, you can now do so in an entirely pink house and cafe in Hongdae. There are two Hello Kitty themed cafes, but the one in Hongdae makes it the cutest Hello Kitty Cafe in Seoul.
I’m gonna be real honest here. You’re not going to the cafe for the food. The food is puke adorable (like so adorable you will spew rainbows and unicorns) and comes in Hello Kitty’s painfully cute decor, but it’s not really anything special. I had the chocolate cake and besides the cake being super cute, I wasn’t impressed.
If you want the cafe all to yourself, the best time to go is when it opens until about noon. Most people in Seoul don’t go out until after noon, so you can enjoy the quiet and the photo sessions all for you. Bring your selfie stick and open the happy upon entering the cafe.
You will absolutely adore this cafe. Even if you’re not into Hello Kitty in your home country, after moving to Asia, you’ll understand she is an essential part of life. Walking up the stairs to the cafe, your heart will pump with excitement when you set your eyes upon a light pink house covered with trees. As you journey upstairs, you are greeted by subtle Hello Kitty lawn ornaments. Upon reaching the main balcony you will be enthralled by all the welcoming shades of pink and even a picture machine! The interior of the cafe is the cream of the crop as the designers definitely poured their heart and soul into what would be a Hello Kitty dream house in Seoul. If you go upstairs, you’ll see her bedroom and various displays featuring the cat herself.
You will especially fall in love with all the details put into Hello Kitty’s bedroom. If she were real, she would want it to become exactly that. From the adorable chair, vanity set and four poster bed, go ahead and snuggle up. I dare you. Let your inner girly girl come out and there is nothing visually displeasing about Hello Kitty’s cafe.
Be aware the sweets are super cute and don’t taste as good as they look. By all means kids, never judge a book by its cover. I would go for the recommendations on the menu in the cafe as those are probably the best desserts and drinks.
How to get there: Just an FYI, the cafe is located in the back alleys of the main road so it looks kind of ghetto. Never fear! I will give you effortless directions! From Hongik University Station go out exit 9. Walk down the road until you see Angel in Us. Turn left and walk down Jandari ro until you see a 7 Eleven. Make a left.
Address: 364-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea