Kawaii Monster Cafe is probably one of the coolest places I have been to in the world, much less Tokyo. Seriously! It’s over-the-top rainbow glitter-sparkle vomit everywhere. You can sit in four different rooms, each with a different theme. From baby bottles hanging from the ceiling, giant forks sticking out of the walls, a carousel of unicorns, pikachues and bananas in the center of the room, the glitz never stops as soon as they open the door.
There are four rooms called “mushroom disco”, the “melty room”, “bar experiment” and “milk stand”, as well as a spinning carousel centerpiece.
I was star-struck by the bathroom, because it had the biggest, shiniest chandelier that I have ever seen. Out of any of the places I would recommend to visit in Tokyo to experience Japanese pop-culture, the Kawaii Monster Cafe is the top!
Check out this bathroom:
Winner of the “trippiest art award” in Cassy’s book had to be the floating animal heads. Did I fall down a Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, or accidentally consume LSD? Results yet to be seen.
The cafe had tons of artifically colored foods, including pastas, salads, sweets, and alcoholic drinks. My personal favorite was the “druggie” cocktail (seen below).
It’s hard to tell the difference between the plastic and glass decor and the edible food. The food looked so perfect, I wasn’t sure if the pancakes I ordered were actually edible!
I was expecting the food to be overly sweet and artificial because of the way it looks, but it was actually far from it. The pancakes were covered in a “melty cream” that wasn’t overly sugary, and neither were the sprinkles on top. The taste was quite mellow compared to everything else that was going on around me!
The cafe hold mini-shows about every hour, having their over-the-top waitresses parade around in creative costumes and ride the carousel. These girls reminded me of Rainbow bright in their get-ups. They had on full rainbow costumes complete with wigs, platform sneakers and neon leggings. One chick’s jacket read “Cute like a Splinter”. (What does that even mean?)
One of the most interesting things about Japanese culture is the desire to be cute and sexy at the same time. Actual sexualization of women is seen as undesirable in some circles, which is a strange concept for me, coming from a hyper-sexualized America. Either way, I have grown to love it, and embrace it. What better place to celebrate kawaii-culture than the Monster Cafe?
If you are visiting Tokyo, make sure you swing by Harajuku for lunch here! Here’s a link to their website. What’s the coolest cafe you have ever been to? Send me an email or leave a comment below!