Just for the Experience: Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)

On our second visit to Hongdae, we literally stumbled upon the Hello Kitty Café. Why we didn’t notice it earlier on our first visit? Oh right, that’s because DramaQueen was adamant about visiting the restaurant - Pal Ja Mak Chang (팔자막창). That and after my Hello Kitty experience in Taipei, I thought there was no need to specifically visit another one (since the theory is if you seen one, you’ve seen them all, right?). Well, that just goes to show how wrong I was. Either that or I was just in the mood for being ‘kittified’. I guess somewhere in there I do like (note: like not adore, not fanatical, not crazy) adorable Hello Kitty and pink, as long as it is in moderation and depending on mood (or maybe I’m just in denial). However, in this case it was a little ‘kitty’ overdose but it’s alright... I survived ha.

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Anywhere, anything Hello Kitty? Than you are at the right place

So back to the story, whilst walking and a little shopping on a cold spring’s night, something pink caught our eye. It actually took us a good 30 seconds or so to actually realize that it was the Hello Kitty Café (it was at night) and decided to go in. One of the reasons why I thought that it wouldn’t be worth the visit (hence, not making any specific plans to visit this café) was that the video review by EatYourKimchi was a little underwhelming (with graffiti on the pink walls).



Well, to say the least, the walls have been cleaned of the vandalism and given the place a fresh pink coat of paint. So it was more a less a Hello Kitty experience. It did help that there was complimentary Wi-fi too. So, the experience was better than expected.

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Wi-fi
With that said, don't say you weren't warned: upon entering this pink building, be prepared to have your senses ‘assaulted’ with a pink onslaught (that is if you cannot handle pink) otherwise you would be pink ‘heaven’ or somewhere in between (the video above would be a good indicator the pinkness).

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Wait awaits you on the first floor... Hello Kitty shaped holes in the wall! ^^
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
and autographs....

Compared to the outlet in Taipei, this Hello Kitty Café is truly a café, as it only serves pastries, cakes, and drinks (no meals, but they do have adorable Hello Kitty waffles) and is even more pink than its Taipei counterpart (just look at the photos!). But just like its Taipei counterpart, this Hello Kitty Café also sells kitty merchandise for the hardcore (?) fans!
 
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Cups, keychains, shirts, necklaces, bracelets, plushies etc... Everything Hello Kitty!
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
What's left... which is not much really
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
The waffle we wanted, but did not get to eat :(

Being late at night, there weren’t much customers, nor were there any adorable Hello Kitty waffles left (which almost instantly left DramaQueen in ‘sad’ mode, I was just a teeny bit disappointed). As a result, we just settled for a plain cup of yogurt with blueberry topping (in a Hello Kitty cup no less). Hey, at least there were more photo opportunities for both the first and second floors.

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
What awaits you on the second floor?.... on the way up
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Casual seats and....
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
a more 'luxuriously' pink seats/sofas corner (also on the second floor)
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Panoramic view of the more comfortable seats (no guessing where we chose to sit) ^^
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Want some water, straws or stirrers? Just help yourself to them! :)
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)  Kitty yogurt
Overlooking the stairway from the first to the second floor
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Kitty yogurt
Do remember that you are paying for Hello Kitty, so prices aren’t exactly cheap, but definitely worth the kitty experience (at least once).

Last but not least, how could I forget the kittified restroom? It is truly even more pink and Hello Kitty than its Taipei counterpart

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Located on the second floor, the restroom is also a Hello Kitty experience
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
What awaits you... will it be just pink tiles?
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae (Seoul)
Pink tiles aside, it is Hello Kitty galore! From mirror to door!

Would I come back again? Sure I would, to at least try the Hello Kitty shaped waffles and (mostly caffeine) Hello Kitty sprinkled drinks. However, do stay away if all that pink and Hello Kitty make you nauseous. ^^


For more information visit the Hello Kitty Cafe website (but it’s mostly in Korean)

For more kitty photos and the address/how to get there you can check out this blog.





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