Last Tuesday afternoon, I visited the Hello Kitty Cafe Hongdae with friends from the Philippines. It was my second time at that branch this year. The first time I went there was in spring, a few weeks after it was opened. I’m not a fan of Hello Kitty ~ but I thought it would be fun to go there 🙂
We were at Cheonggyecheon when we decided to go there ~ so we took bus 273 in front of Gran Seoul in Jongro1-ga. We got off at Hongdae University and walked about 200 meters until we founnd Wausanro19-gil. We turned right, walked some more and stopped at the ever pink gate with a ribbon ~
Of course we took photos of ourselves at the gate ~ probably annoying passers by. The Hello Kitty Cafe Hongdae was once a gated residence. There are steps on the way to the building. There is a huge quince tree ~ with the fruits begging to be picked! More picture taking followed ~
The nice thing about the cafe is that the prices are affordable ~ ranging from 4,500 won to 6,000 for their coffee, tea, juices and other drinks and 4,500 won to 11,000 won for their cakes, sandwiches and salads. I had a caramel macchiatto for 5,500 won and a raspberry piece cake for 4,500 won.
The coffee was a tad sweet for me ~ and the cake is so~so. But then, most people visit the place for novelty rather than their coffee ~
There is a Hello Kitty fireplace on the first level and a bedroom on the second floor ~
The women’s toilet is located on the first level. Reminder ~
There is a gift shop where you can purchase all Hello Kitty products ~ from pencils to this big doll ~
Hello Kitty Cafe Hongdae is for Hello Kitty fans ~ I wouldn’t go there just for the coffee. It’s just far from where I live and there are better coffee shops in my neighborhood. I’d probably visit again just for the photo op when friends and relatives come to Korea.
Hello Kitty Cafe ~ Hongdae (364-14 Wausanro19-gil Mapo-gu Seoul)