August 28, 2016

People who know me might ask: How the heck did I end up in a Hello Kitty Café? Trust me, I’m no Hello Kitty fan! I lived almost a full 2 years in Korea without any intention of going, but in my last few weeks I finally folded. Not that I need to justify myself to anyone, but my reasons are:

  1. I was in need of coffee. #goodenough
  2. I had that “first day of summer vacation!” feeling.
  3. When in Korea…

The cute and much-loved Hello Kitty is a Japanese character created by Yuko Yamaguchi and everyone knows about her even if they’ve never seen the actual show. As I walked up the stairs past the giant Hello Kitty Princess in a giant glass display box and entered the store I realised:

It was PINK. Too PINK for me.

The stairway, entrance, furniture, ceiling, decorations, most foods and even the bathroom and toilet – all pink! Except the floor.

hello kitty cafe hongdae seoul korea

Outside Hello Kitty Café in Hongdae – the biggest and most popular Hello Kitty Café in Korea.

hello kitty cafe seoul korea

Anyone care to spend nearly $500 (roughly R7000!) on a ginormous Hello Kitty plushie?!

hello kitty cafe seoul korea

hello kitty cafe seoul korea

hello kitty cafe seoul korea

hello kitty cafe seoul korea

They have coffee, smoothies, ice-cream, cakes, waffles, hotdogs, and sandwiches on the menu. The food is way overrated in my opinion, but let’s be honest, you’re not really here for the food. There’s  also a large souvenir and gift section if you are interested in Hello Kitty items to take home.

hello kitty cafe seoul korea

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Though I wasn’t a Hello Kitty fan going in, I was impressed with the overall effort to be completely Hello Kitty from top to bottom. Thanks for helping me embrace my inner child so often, Korea! I will miss randomly stumbling upon all these quirky cafés.

There are 3 Hello Kitty Cafés in Korea that I know of. In Hongdae, Sinchon and Myeong-dong (where I went).


  1. Myeong-dong – 28, Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

Tel: 02-318-6570

2. Sinchon – 13-3 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Tel: 02-312-6570

3. Hongdae – 364-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Tel: 02-334-6570


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