Located in Harajuku, reknowned for colorful street art and youth fashion, with quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops along Takeshita Street; Kawaii Monster Cafe offers unique and one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience. From the “Monster Girl” wait staff to an out-of-this-world menu, its creative weirdness will captivate anyone who dares to enter.
Creative director Sebastian Masuda, a known Japanese fashion and interior designer, opened the Kawaii Monster Cafe in 2015. The cafe is divided into four zones: Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment, and Mel-Tea Room (which you can choose your preferred zone at the entrance). Each has a different theme with various color schemes and decorations. Guests can pick where they want to sit and also move freely between each to take pictures.
THE FALL-IN-THE-STOMACH MONSTER CARD SYSTEM
Card 1: Pearl Pink – This is sort of a membership card, next time you visit the cafe you and your friends avoid the seating fee at lunch time. Entrance to 4 zone, you will get exclusive gift and step up to next status.
Card 2: Mystic Purple – You receive a special menu. After 5 visits, you will be up-graded to next status.
Card 3: Champagne Gold – There is a cover charge of ¥ 3,000 for up to 6 people.
Card 4: Emerald Secret – You get “secret privileges.”
NOTE: The first three cards are only valid for one year, and all four are non-replaceable, so hold onto them if you decide to become a hardcore regular.
BUYING TICKETS FOR THE KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
Reservations are not strictly required but they’re recommended to avoid disappointment – especially if you’re planning on going in a group in the evening.
You may try your luck and purchase a ticket on-site or bypass long lines with your reservation voucher via GoVoyagin. You may also call the cafe at +81354136142.
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
The weirdness begins even before you enter the cafe, with a passage that is both weird and cute. The long red carpet on the floor should be the tongue of the Kawaii Monster Cafe’s purple monster mascot, Mr. Ten Thousand Chopsticks, or better known as, Choppy. Guided by the ‘tongue’, you will enter the gut of the beast. You may come here to eat or as what you thought, but in reality you will be the ones getting eaten!
The Sweets Go Round – a merry-go-round in a form of a cake, is found in the center of the restaurant. It is also the symbol of Kawaii Monster Cafe and makes for the perfect kawaii photo spot.
The “Monster Girls” are the visual icons of the restaurant and they go by the names of Baby, Dolly, Candy, Nasty, and Crazy. They’re the once who perform on the Sweets Go Round and waits tables.
The Mushroom Disco is a funky forest that is filled with poisonous mushrooms and plants from outer space!
The Milk Stand zone is easily recognizable by the baby milk bottles hanging from the ceiling, which appear to be feeding colorful animal heads.
The Mel-Tea Room is a pastel paradise decorated with large sweets like ice cream cones, macarons, and chocolate bars. Probably the most kawaii room in the cafe. According to the staff, it is popular among lolitas.
Would you expect anything less strange than a giant, illuminated jellyfish bursting out of the cafe’s bar area? People, this is the Bar Experiment where you can relax with your group or on your own.
DINNING AT THE KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
Menu items are as unique as the decor, with a variety of colorful, cute, and delicious meals, sweets, and cocktails.
Hello Kitty and Kawaii Monster Cafe did a collaboration last 2019, so during my visit I was able to avail meals that’s Hello Kitty themed.
- Colorful Pop Burger HELLO KITTY for ¥ 1,680
- HELLO KITTY’s Ice-cream for ¥1,080
PERFORMANCES AT THE KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
I don’t want to be a spoiler but let’s just say shows are children friendly except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 PM until midnight.
- Tuesdays: Kawaii Oiran Night
- Wednesdays: Tokyo Pop Culture Night
- Thursdays: Burlesque Night (20+)
- Fridays: Tokyo Underland (20+)
- Entrance fee: ¥ 500, but for point card holders it’s free
- General estimate: ¥ 3,000
- Lunch estimate: ¥ 2,300
THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU GO TO KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
- A vegetarian option is available if booked in advance and is basically the regular course with meat removed.
- The cafe is open during the day and evening, so you can head in for lunch if you’re after a less intense affair.
- There is an entrance fee of Y500; this includes your table and grants you a “Fall in the Stomach Monster Card” it’s a membership point card that you can show whenever you visit.
DISCLAIMER: Golden Island Senorita aims to provide honest and straightforward reviews for the benefit of its readers. This review is solely based on my experience. I do not (and did not) receive any compensation such as freebies, free meals, gift certificates, and etcetera upon my visit and had spent out-of-pocket to try their food.