[Travel/Korea] Hello Kitty Cafe (Hongdae branch)

If you enjoy sitting at cafes, sipping a cup of coffee and watching the world pass by, then South Korea might be the place for you. There’s a cafe at almost every corner – Hollys Coffee, Cafebene, Starbucks, Paris Baguette, etc. But there are also many themed cafes around, and the Hello Kity cafe is one of those.

The cafe exterior

Tucked away at a small alley in Hongdae, it’s easy to miss this cafe if one is not observant enough. The pink façade with the enormous pink ribbon already screams cute, so those who dislike overly-cute stuff may want to stay away. Well, at least that was how I felt when I first saw it. I could have bolted and ran away if not for my friends who wanted to go in and have a look. But alas, travelling is all about seeing new things right? Even if it’s not your cup of tea, it may be your only chance to see it, so just go! 😀

Almost everything inside is pink, and Hello Kitty is found everywhere. Certainly a Hello Kitty paradise. On the right is the counter where you have staff decked out in pink uniforms and blue aprons selling all sorts of Hello Kitty drinks and desserts.


Kitty’s face can be found on furniture…

on the walls…

…and even in the toilet!

Hello Kitty merchandise, ranging from tumblers to stuffed toys and mugs are sold here. Prices of the merchandise are decent, not exorbitant.

Hello Kitty merchandise for sale on display

The cafe sells quite a wide range of drinks and dessert. They are similar to what you would find at any other cafe in Korea, just that the food and drinks here are either made in the shape of kitty’s face or has her face printed on them.

All kinds of Hello Kitty cakes and dessert for sale

As you can see, the food here looks yummy and the price is also comparable to those at other cafes in Korea.

I wished I could try more of the stuff on their menu, but there’s a limit to how much I can stomach for a tea break. I tried their chocolate crunch drink, and it tasted quite nice.

I admit I’m not a fan of Hello Kitty. Yes, it’s cute, but it never appealed to me the way other people fight to lay their hands on any product bearing this kitty’s face. People in my country can even queue up for hours to buy the latest Hello Kitty plushie. But whether or not one is a fan, visiting the Hello Kitty cafe somehow invokes this warm fuzzy feeling in me. Maybe it’s the feeling of relieving my youth? Hehe.


Opening hours: 11am-12mn

Address: 서울시 마포구 어울마당로 94-3 (Seoul, Mapo-gu)

How to get there:

Take the train to Hongik University station exit #9 followed by a 10-min walk

The famous MBC Coffee Prince cafe used to be located right opposite, but when I visited the place this year, it seems like the Coffee Prince cafe has closed down or shifted elsewhere.


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