1. The Pompompurin Cafe – Hong Kong

    For my final trip to a character cafe last year in Hong Kong, I decided to visit the Pompompurin Cafe. I will admit I did not know anything about Pompompurin apart from the fact that he is a Sanrio character. I soon discovered he is a golden retriever dog who wears a brown beret (according to his owner he looks like a pudding with his beret on and purin is Japanese for pudding), was born on the 16th April (a sunny day), loves caramel pudding and collects shoes. (more…)

  2. Central Perk (The Friends Cafe) – Shanghai, China

    I truly believe that anyone my age will still happily sit and watch any episode of Friends again and again and easily be able to quote most of the episodes off by heart. Who didn’t like Friends? It’s hard to believe that the series finished in 2004 as it honestly still feels like yesterday when we were watching Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross every Friday night. (more…)

  3. Hello Kitty Secret Garden – Hong Kong

    The next stop on my list of character cafes to visit in Hong Kong was the Hello Kitty Secret Garden cafe located on Ormsby Street in Tai Hang on Hong Kong Island. Thankfully I was staying in nearby Causeway Bay so it only took me just over ten minutes to walk there from my hotel. However if you are using the MTR to get there, then the closest station to the cafe is Tin Hau on the Island Line – you will need Exit B and then it’s just over a five minute walk from there. (more…)

  4. Mr Bean Coffee Shop – Shanghai, China

    Since Shanghai Disneyland opened in June, I have found myself travelling to Shanghai more than ever. Because of this, I started researching different things online to see and do as well as looking if there were any character cafes that I could visit.  One of the first I found was the Mr Bean Coffee Shop – yes you heard that correctly. (more…)

  5. Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine – Hong Kong

    When I first started seeing photos of the themed dim sum at Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine in Hong Kong, I knew that I had to visit. What’s not to like about a restaurant where everything including the food is themed to Hello Kitty? (more…)

  6. The Charlie Brown Cafe – Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Last month in Hong Kong, I was really excited to be able to visit the Charlie Brown Cafe which is themed to Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. I had originally planned on heading there for lunch however after waking up early on my first morning, I quickly Googled the opening times and discovered that the cafe opened at 08:30am so I could go for a coffee and something to eat much earlier than I expected (more…)

  7. Lost in Translation at the New York Bar – Park Hyatt, Tokyo

    I remember the very first time I watched Lost in Translation. It was on a flight to New York and I just remember falling completely head over heels in love with the movie. I had already visited Japan several times at that point and for some reason, everything in the film just made complete sense to me and I knew that I would have to visit the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo myself and have a drink (or two) in the New York Bar. (more…)

  8. McGee’s Pub – New York (The How I Met Your Mother Bar)

    As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother on TV, I had always known that the fictional Maclaren’s Pub was based on a real bar in New York City but was completely unaware that I had walked past McGee’s Pub many, many times before. When I found myself in New York in September, I decided to visit McGee’s for lunch. It’s fair to say that my visit was legen – wait for it (more…)

  9. Japanese Kit Kat Awesomeness

    I first became aware of Kit Kats in Japan during a visit to Kyoto. I kept seeing boxes of the green tea version everywhere and then finally caved into buying some at Narita Airport when leaving the country. I then found out that there are many different Kit Kat flavours available all across Japan – some are only available for a limited time and each region has their own specialities. (more…)