I had the fortune of visiting Seoul recently. Though I live in a city in South Korea, Seoul is by far the biggest and has the most stuff to do. So my friends and I visit fairly frequently. On one particular trip, we decided to stop at the Hello Kitty Cafe AKA the cutest cafe I had ever seen.
There are actually a couple different Hello Kitty cafes. This one was located in Hongdae, a trendy neighborhood around Hongik University. With how many businesses there are in such a small space, most shop and cafe take up a very small space. The Hello Kitty Cafe, however, had a big, metal gate that opened onto stone steps that led to a courtyard. The cafe itself was inside what might have been an old house or artist’s studio.
Now, the outside was cool. The inside, however, was as saccharine cute as I thought (and hoped) it would be. Every single thing was a shade of pink. Hello Kitty, her silhouette, or even her signature bow were on every surface. We picked a table near the windows so we could see all of the cuteness inside the store and still look out onto the courtyard.
Now, onto the food and drinks.
This isn’t all mine. I swear. I ordered the Chocochino (not a mocha?) on the left. To be honest, I’m not actually sure what the other drinks were. All I remember is that all three beverages were so sweet, I could feel them giving me cavities.
To go along with our liquid sugar, we ordered the strawberry cake. It was actually more of a strawberry mouse on top of a very good vanilla cake. We enjoyed it so much that we didn’t immediately realize that we were slowly eating her face (onto just a bit traumatic for elementary school me).
Everything about this place was cute, inviting, and fun and I hope to return sometime in the future. Even if you aren’t a huge Hello Kitty fan, it is still a good place to go to escape the busy Hongdae streets if you are in the area.
Goodbye and happy eating,