The Cutest Thing in Hongdae: The Hello Kitty Cafe
Hello Kitty is one of those characters that everyone knows of even if they’ve never seen the actual show. The cute and lovable Japanese character that was created in 1974 has grown to proportions that creator Yuko Yamaguchi likely never imagined.
Hello Kitty purses, blankets, tote bags, rings, necklaces, cafes and more all around the world and there’s one right in the middle of the trendy Hongdae district. Hongdae is where university students flock for live music shows, underground hip-hop and indie music venues, modern cafes and boutique shops. There is street art and graffiti and in the center of it all, the infamous Hello Kitty Cafe.
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The two story pink and white cafe that tourists flock to was opened in 2015 having been moved from a previously smaller location a couple blocks away. The building screams Hello Kitty from the alley it overlooks. A stone stairway leads up to the building that is decorated with gold and shiny accents giving the whole Hello Kitty experience a glamorous twist.
On the first floor is a cafe and gift shop and each corner of the building seems to have a photo zone so while customers must purchase a drink in order to hang out, no one is really hanging but meandering from room to room to get those all necessary photos. The first floor has a faux fireplace and chairs to give Helly Kitty a little homey vibe and then upstairs even her bedroom is on display though, the bedding looked quite worn and I would assume it hadn’t been washed in ages. Buffs on the walls here and there took away the glamour that the original decor gave off. The place could definitely use a little clean-up but that’s not stopping tourists anytime soon.
The food and coffee was a bit overpriced though comes out quite jazzed up with Hello Kitty faces and what not. We got there a bit after it opened and apparently they still needed an hour to heat up the waffle maker, so no waffles. We were okay with just having coffee as the food didn’t look all that appetizing for the price. That’s obviously not why we went there anyway.
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Though I wasn’t a huge Hello Kitty fan going in, I was impressed with the overall effort to be completely Hello Kitty from top to bottom. Literally even the tiled Hanok style roof was painted pink and white too. They went gung-ho and it is all that and a bag of kitty litter… er something that goes along with Hello Kitty.
To see what else there is to do in Hongdae, check out this awesome post by Bobo&Chichi. You can find some other cool themed cafes like Hello Nature with two sheep on the premises and The Galapagos, a trendy animal themed cafe too.
Hello Kitty Cafe – Hongdae 헬로키티 카페 홍대
364-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours: Sunday ~ Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00am; Friday ~ Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00am
Closed on holidays
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