A Glamorous Hello Kitty Cafe Is Opening in the States, and Wait Until You See the Cocktails
Well, hello! Following the success of the Hello Kitty food truck and international Hello Kitty cafes, the first and only permanent cafe is opening in the United States on Sept. 14. Located in the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe offers an unreal experience with formal tea services, a cocktail bar, and plenty of pink.
For starters, there's a traditional cafe space with casual seating and quick bites, including macarons, mini doughnuts, and mini cakes. (Are you sensing a theme?) It's here where visitors can also grab souvenirs, like Sanrio's bow-handle mug and sequined bow headband. The cafe is open every day of the week, and seating is first come, first served.
The real showstopper, however, is The Bow Room. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the reservation-only dining room offers a tea service for $55 per person, which includes tea sandwiches and various petit fours. For visitors of drinking age, The Bow Room's cocktail service features several signature cocktails, with prices hovering around $20, as well as bottles of Hello Kitty wine.
Ahead, see pictures of the over-the-top space and learn more about the menu items.
The adorable entrance of the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.
The glamorous cocktail bar inside The Bow Room.
Seating inside The Bow Room.
There are Hello Kitty accents everywhere, even on chairs.
The bow-adorned back of a chair at the cocktail bar.
A glimpse into The Bow Room's afternoon tea service.
A sampling of the scrumptious menu items.
Buttermilk scones and Hello Kitty mini cakes.
The cucumber and dill cream cheese milk bread alongside a savory cone filled with egg salad, chives, and paprika.
A closer look at the cafe's imaginative take on traditional tea sandwiches.
Smoked salmon and dill cream cheese on a pretzel croissant.
The savory snacks along with a mozzarella, vine tomatoes, and pesto tart shell.
Raspberry macarons, chocolate chocolate cake, and mini cupcakes.
The table is set with Hello Kitty plates and gold flatware.
A Hello Kitty mini cake.
Strawberries and fresh whipped cream.
A Hello Kitty teapot for the cafe's selection of green, black, oolong, caffeine-free, and custom birthday tea.
Get another look at the fancy spread.
The lineup of signature cocktails.
The Pink Bow cocktail consisting of gin, raspberry, lemon, Liquor 43, and aquafaba.
The Picture Perfect cocktail featuring bison grass vodka, strawberry shrub, lemon, and strawberry popping boba.
The Dear Daniel cocktail featuring mezcal, tequila, pineapple, lime, spirulina, and salted coconut whip.
The Eleven Dash One drink with gin, tonic, cucumber, and watermelon.
The Aloha Kitty with vodka, pineapple, yellow chanteuse, and lime.
The Hello Kit-Tea consists of Japanese whiskey, jasmine tea, lime, depaz syrup, yuzu, and cream.
Two of the cocktail bar's tiki drinks.
The more casual cafe.
There are even customized wall moldings.
The main cafe's seating accommodates up to 12 visitors.
A look at the cafe's cakes, macarons, and cookies.
So many Sanrio-inspired mini cakes!
Visitors can take home the bow-handle mug for $25 or the bow headband for $30.
A giant Hello Kitty greets visitors.