Capture Tokyo: Kawaii Monster Cafe

Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku

The colorful and crazy Kawaii Monster Cafe really embodies that special “kawaii” street fashion uniqueness only found in Harajuku. Based on the Harajuku cute boom that exploded in the 2000s, the cafe is filled with bright colors and wacky designs. The Monster Cafe is split into four main areas from which diners can choose to be seated at: Mel-Tea Room, Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, and Bar Expert. We chose the Mushroom Disco, which features huge rainbow mushroom shaped umbrellas. One of the cafe’s unique features is that their “Monster Girls” that walk around the room as customers eat. These “Monster Girls” are decked out in colorful over the top clothes and wigs! They wave at customers and are generally very friendly and polite, posing for pictures with the guests. There are 5 monster girls in total. The one you see pictured above is called “Candy”. I believe the other four are Baby, Nasty, Dolly, and Crazy. They even have a dance performance you can watch.

The cafe’s food and drinks are all also rainbow themed. Their most notable dish is the signature rainbow pasta and rainbow cake (I personally didn’t have the guts to order any, and went with a rather plain order of chicken and waffles instead, haha)! I did have a glass of their “Nondrug Cocktail” though, which came with a vile of blue and red liquid to pour into drink. The fruity drink was quite tasty and fun to mix! I would recommend checking this cafe out, if you are looking for a taste of the wonderfully weird and wacky side of Harajuku. It’s certainly a once in a lifetime experience!

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Taste Tokyo: LoyKratong Resort

LoyKratong Resort, Harajuku

I came across this cute little restaurant while wandering around Jingumae in Harajuku. Despite the mocha pictured above, it’s actually a Thai restaurant best known for it’s fusion cuisine. Located on the 8th floor of the Ice Cubes Building (which is conveniently the same building as the H&M Harajuku store), the restaurant overlooks a beautiful view of the city! The elegantly styled modern Thai/oriental decor certainly adds a pleasant and relaxing ambience to the dining experience. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to taste their food; however, I will say they do make quite a delicious mocha latte!

Taste Tokyo: Avancons

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Lattes and Cakes at Avancons in Takadanobaba

Nothing beats having a Wednesday afternoon coffee and sweets pick-me-up to help recharge for the rest of the week! Today’s pick is Avancons in Takadanobaba ☕️. I had the caramel latte while my friend drank a delicious mocha latte. We both ordered chocolate cake and were given tiny adorable cheesecake samples by the server for free. What a lucky day♣︎!