I’ve Been To The Hello Kitty Cafe


How do you explain Hello Kitty? Why such a frenzy?

In case you’re not hip…

Hello Kitty, is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, created by Yuko Shimizu and currently designed by Yuko Yamaguchi. She is depicted as an anthropomorphic white Japanese Bobtail cat with a red bow – Wikipedia

My city, Irvine, is the home of the first “Hello Kitty Cafe.” It’s located at the Irvine Spectrum, the outdoor mall with the Ferris Wheel.

Built into a shipping crate, HKC will stay at the Spectrum for a year before moving on. The cafe serves drinks and baked goods… all in pink.

It opened this past weekend to a five hour long line! This Tuesday evening Stef and I waited twenty minutes.

Irvine being Irvine the line was a self-contained United Nations. I watched three women in beautiful hijabs take a photo in front of the kitty. Actually, everyone took a photo with the kitty, even a woman with a dog wearing a skirt..

Adorable. A selfie magnet. Very pink. Well merchandised. Adorable. Overpriced.

I asked Stef if people will make pilgrimages here from far away? She didn’t pause before giving me the look daughters give fathers. I’m going to take that as a yes.









One Response to “I’ve Been To The Hello Kitty Cafe”

  1. Barb B says:

    Thanks for the info. I wondered where Hello Kitty originated—I’ve seen the trims, wrappings, cards etc. Never thought along the lines of a Café—but why not–especially out there in Disney country. wonder where they’d set up, here in the steamy east.

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