I have quite a few yummy Seoul addresses to share with you (even though you’ll still have to be able to find them once in the city!) but I wanted to start with a place that any cuteness addict must visit: the Hello Kitty Café! Just the name will get eyes shining and a couple of excited hiiiiiiis!
When I found out there was one in Seoul (there are more than one actually) I did all I could to get there – which didn’t prove easy, for once in the area, even when asking all the students-that-seemed-like-the-type-to-love cute-things-hiiiiii! that I crossed, I felt like I was fresh off planet Mars. “Hello Kitty Café”? Confused look … no one knew. Or my pronunciation wasn’t convincing enough, I don’t know.
After having bothered all the neighborhood counts of Seoul students, gone through endless detours and prayed St Gertrude de Nivelle (the patroness of cats, evidently), here we are! Hello Kitty is something I’ve been trying to quit for a while now, but I just can’t.
She’s so preppy I want to shake her up (don’t call animal welfare)…everything is just TOO perfect in her pink-candy world, but she just comes in so many cute variations I just can’t resist. She overpowers me. And it’s exactly what happened here too! I must have exclaimed at least 10 times over each decorative element (bathroom included).
But let me tell you right now, you don’t come to the Hello Kitty Café to satisfy your tastebuds: they may be kawaii, but the pastries are rather average. The “homemade” fans will be disappointed (What do you mean Kitty and Mimmy are not baking away in the back kitchen all day?!! (Don’t call animal welfare, or labor inspection)).
But you’ll hardly dare eat (or drink) anything you order for fear of destroying this blessed extremely kawaii moment.
On that day, I ordered hot matcha milk and a waffle (rather ordinary, as I was saying, but Hiiiiiiiiii! So cuuuuute! … See, here I go again).
I could have gone for the brownies or a Kitty Strawberry Cake, but I rather felt like keeping my appetite for the korean barbecue that was to follow! (Ah, there Kitty, you see! You don’t know how to cook korean barbecues now do you?!!! I found THE flaw in your perfect life!)
All in all, it’s rather a place of pilgrimage than one for sustenance, but it’s still worth the detour, just to be able to say: I was at the Hello Kitty Café. (ENGLISH translation by Bleu marine)
HELLO KITTY CAFÉ
358-112, Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong, SEOUL
(In Korean: 서울시 마포구 서교동 358-112 )
(Métro : Hongik University Station)… Bonne chance !