Singapore has kind of caught up, and we are starting to see more character-themed cafes and restaurants around, from Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, Pompompurin to Pokémon, DC comic heroes, Peanuts, and Mr Bean.
The disclaimer is, you know people are really not going to these places to EAT-eat, but probably give a slightly discount on the taste of the food, and also willing to fork out more from the pockets.
These places make the children want to go there, and also bring out the child in us.
Interestingly, themed cafes (or any food trends as a matter of fact) typically arrive in Singapore months or years after say cities like Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Bangkok.
So it isn’t too big a surprise that character cafes are coming to Singapore right now.
10 Character Themed Cafes In Singapore – Super Heroes and Cuteness Overload
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
Singapore’s 1st Hello Kitty Café. Named as “Hello Kitty Orchid Garden”, the interior and menu is inspired by Singapore’s national flower.
Some local influence is woven into the menu, which comprises of all-day breakfast fare and an array of Kitty-fied desserts, including gelato sundaes, waffles, pastries and tea cakes.
Some of the recommended include a Big Breakfast Surprise ($18.50), Kitty Meets Benedict ($17.50 with Hollandaise sauce done two ways in yuzu and dill, Enchanted Forest quesadillas ($17.90), Cowabunga Wagyu ($24), Kitty Goes Fishing salmon ($23.90), and The Cat in Paradise dessert ($18.50).
Located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall Central, the cafe will be opened 24/7. Queues can be anything between 1 to 3 hours. A friend said the ‘best’ time to get in line is between 3-5am when there are less people. People on morning 8-9am flights can consider going at 4am… or maybe not. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Gudetama Cafe Singapore
Suntec City Mall #01-361/362/363/364 (West Wing), 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun) Last Order 9:30pm
Popular Sanrio Character Gudetama will finally have its own café in Singapore. How EGG-citing.
There are so many fans of this lazy, grumpy egg character, it is about time. The Gudetama Cafe Singapore will be open to public on 30th November 2016.
This new themed cafe is started by homegrown brands Joe & Dough and The Soup Spoon.
The menu will consist of 10 main courses, 4 side dishes, 5 desserts, 2 kids’ meals and a range of specialty drinks. Prices for main courses range from $18.00 to $38.00 and prices for side dishes start from $12.50.
Expect items such as “I’m Cold” Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict of poached eggs with smoked salmon over mashed avocado on brioche toast drizzled with Yuzu hollandaise sauce, served with seasonal greens. Gudetama Café (Suntec City)
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #04-08 Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm (last order 10pm)
Takeaway services are not available
No reservations, walk-in only
Pompompurin Café, based on a golden retriever dog with that trademark brown beret, is one of the first cafes where the décor and almost the entire menu fits to the theme quite strongly.
The Pompompurin Café in Singapore has a “Garden City” theme, with a signature Pompompurin Gate at the entrance, and Pompompurin and Friends Tree. Though people will rush to sit in the ‘tree houses’.
Food includes Spaghetti Napolitana ($26.99), Mushroom & Bacon Carbonara ($26.99), Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship ($19.99), Pompompurin’s Coconut Milk Chicken Curry ($17.99) and Pompompurin’s Beef Stroganoff ($18.99).
Cuteness aside, we didn’t come expecting a satisfying meal in terms of taste. A lot of the dishes tasted ‘kiddy’ and might not please the adult palate. Okay lah, was not THAT bad. Pompompurin Cafe (Orchard Central)
Pokémon Café Singapore
200 Victoria Street, #04-05, Bugis Junction Singapore 188021 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (24 November 2016 onwards)
EwF at Bugis Junction will be launching its 2nd round of Pokémon Café come 24 November.
The second edition of the Pokémon Café will feature themes from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games.
The revamped Pokémon Cafe will also include new menu items and original merchandise. The crowd-favourite Pokéball mug has also been upgraded to a Great Ball mug.Pokémon Café (Bugis Junction)
DC Comics Super Heroes Café
2 Bayfront Avenue, L1-03/04/05 Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7610
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11pm (Sun-Thurs), 10:30am – 11:30pm
It may be your dream come true to have some Superman’s Soup, Green Lantern Salad, Catwoman’s Caramel Latte, The Flash’s Espresso and Batman Burger. Or maybe not. (Anyway, please do not ask for Spiderman cakes yah?)
The menu consists of starters, quesadilla, sandwiches, pasta dishes, desserts and drinks. Food is not halal, though no pork or lard is served.
Let us just say that the children are likely to enjoy the toys and cakes, and the adults have to get ready to spend some money. The price of the Flash Cupcake at $8.90 may already give you a shock (pun unintended).
The DC Comics Super Heroes Café is a great place for photo opportunities, but the food may not be able to save the day. DC Comics Super Heroes Café (MBS)
33 Tessensohn Road Singapore 217656
Opening Hours: 4 – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 12 – 11pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Hungry Heroes is not only for the kids, but adults as well, serving big-sized hearty portioned foods and platters such as gigantic burgers, twice-cooked Pork Ribs, specialty meats like the Bacon Karate Chop and the Nuclear Fission Angus Beef Cheeks.
There are many original and licensed superhero memorabilia from Marvel & other comics on display, including life-sized statues, head busts, figurines and movie posters.
Teddy & Me
6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square #02-207A Singapore 039594 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Changi Airport T3
What will Mr Bean feel if he sees a café themed after him? I seriously don’t know. He can’t really say things, can he?
Food-wise looks quite sad though, with some pre-made waffles, sundaes, cakes and sandwiches.
Loved the décor and the memories that it brings for one of our favourite television characters. The crepe cakes were o-kay.
Charlie Brown Café
Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road, #04-01, Singapore 239695 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri – Sat)
OneKM Shopping Mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road #01-52 Singapore 437157 (Paya Lebar)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
The first Peanuts Comic Strip themed café in South East Asia, decorated with favourite Peanuts character sculptures (I like Linus, you?)
Their menu is quite expensive, includes All-Day Breakfast (prices between $6.80 – $12.80), Mains such as Charlie Brown Chicken Rice ($13.80, nothing Charlie Brown on it though), Pastas ($12.80 – $16.80), Pizzas and Desserts. T
The popular items include the Snoppy’s Lava Cake ($8.80) and American Cheese Cake ($7.80)
Good to know: Both Charlie Brown Cafés are Halal-certified, and there is no service charge.
(Click PLAY for highlights of Cinnamoroll Café.)
Cinnamoroll Café X Kumoya
8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm (Tue – Fri, Sun), 12:00pm – 10.30pm (Sat), Closed Mon
Japanese character Cinnamorollシナモロール has floated into Singapore and landing at Kumoya at 8 Jalan Klapa, for a pop-up café collaboration from 17 May 2017 to 13 August 2017.
For those who are not so into Sanrio, Cinnamon is a white puppy with long ears, blue eyes, pink cheeks, and a plump and curly tail (not the butt) that resembles a cinnamon roll.
The collaboration with Kumoya, Singapore’s Halal-certified Japanese-French dessert café is to mark Cinnamoroll’s 15th anniversary.
Some of the highlights include Fluffy Dreams Japanese Curry Rice ($21.90), Flying Clouds Cinnamoroll Burger ($17.90), Fun with Friends Cold Pasta ($17.90), Cinnamoroll Berries Fantasy Parfait ($17.90) featuring a double-swirl parfait, Fly-in-the Clouds Yuzu Chiffon Cake ($15.90), and Signature Eclairs ($13.90 for 4).
Dhoby Xchange B1-36, Singapore 238826 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Sun-Thu), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri-Sat)
This Characters Cafe at Dhoby Xchange is probably Singapore’s first. There will be a different character theme every month – for the next, it is Pokemon. It is cute, but let’s just say do not expect too much from the food.
The experience is supposedly 3D: Think 3D food menu, 3D animation on their 72 inch LED screen using 3D glasses, with a maximum dining experience of 60 minutes.
If you are the type that loathes ley-chey-ness (meaning: tediousness), note that No cash transaction can be made at Characters Café, and meal coupons for a particular date and time slot have to be purchased at http://www.worldsnackday.com. Character Café (Dhoby Xchange)
Initially, there will certainly be some form of hype for these Character Cafes, but those which hope to stay need to provide food of a reasonable quality, and keep updating with seasonal specials.
To be honest, I think consumers are not exactly looking for the best tasting food when they visit character cafes, but with that said, food still needs to be of an acceptable standard.
Which Character Cafe would you like to see open in Singapore? I say mine, it’s Doreamon.
Other Related Entries
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Pompompurin Cafe (Orchard Central)
Character Café (Dhoby Xchange)
Teddy and Me (Marina Square)
DC Comics Super Heroes Café (MBS)
Pokémon Café (Bugis Junction)