The Hello Kitty Restaurant in Taipei

Posing on the Hello Kitty chair
Posing on the Hello Kitty chair

First of all let me state that I am not a fan Hello Kitty. I don’t understand why people my own age have such an obsession with it.

So how on earth did I find myself in the Hello Kitty restaurant of Taipei excitedly ordering a cartoon cat shaped cake?

Good question.

Taipei is known for having a huge amount of themed restaurants in the city, and I had made it my aim to visit as many of them as possible during my stay there. Hello Kitty counts, so I grabbed a couple of friends from my hostel and we went along to see what all the fuss was about.

Considering how much the Taiwanese love Hello Kitty, the restaurant itself was quite tricky to find, and ended up being very small and located far down an obscure side street.

Hello Kitty Sweets in Taipei storefront

We peered inside and, after seeing that the average age of the customers was under 10 years old, hesitated entering. However, the amazing smell was too hard to resist and we ran in giggling like the children that were already there.

It was…

Pink. So very pink.

Not only was the whole interior pink, but the food was mainly pink, the staff were dressed in all pink, and even the toilets were pink!

inside Hello Kitty cafe in Taipei
Hello Kitty mugs in Taipei
Staff at Hello Kitty Sweets in Taiwan

Unsurprisingly, the restaurant was overpriced. In order for us to stay and eat there we would have to spend the equivalent of £10 each on cakes! They looked a bit sickly, so there was no way that I was going to attempt to eat more than one.

Helly Kitty cakes at a cafe in Taipei

Despite not being allowed to enter the seating area there was still a fabulous Hello Kitty style chair to do some major posing on..

Girl at Hello Kitty cafe

And how was the cake?

Hello Kitty chocolate tiramisu cake

Well… It looked very pretty. But it was coffee flavoured! Coffee sucks, so I was not a fan at all.

Overall, the Hello Kitty restaurant was bizarre, pink, gimmicky, overpriced and the food tasted weird. It was, however, something a bit different, and can be a lot of fun if going with friends.

As well as cakes, they also serve meals (Hello Kitty shaped burgers anyone?) and Hello Kitty themed drinks too, although I have heard that the food is just as strange tasting as the cakes…

However, I can’t imagine anyone would actually go here just for the food…

Hello Kitty Sweets can be reached via metro station Zhong Xiao/FuXing and is found at No. 90, Da An Road, Sec. 1 near the intersection of Da An Road and Zhong Xiao E Road, Sec 4.

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Lauren Juliff

Lauren Juliff is a published author and travel expert who founded Never Ending Footsteps in 2011. She has spent over 12 years travelling the world, sharing in-depth advice from more than 100 countries across six continents.

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  1. Mike
    October 8, 2011

    Is that you really dissing pink!!!!

    • October 9, 2011

      It gave me a headache!

  2. Adrian B.
    October 8, 2011

    Love the photo of you on the Hello Kitty chair! :D

    • October 9, 2011

      Thanks! I spent a good 15 minutes just posing on it!

  3. Audrey
    October 8, 2011

    Hello Kitty uniforms, wow! Haha, I’m not sure I would trust a Hello Kitty shaped burger, that just seems so strange!

  4. Danielle
    October 8, 2011

    Most of the themed restaurants I’ve been to have been overpriced and disappointing, but I think I would still visit the Hello Kitty restaurant. Probably not for the food, but for the very pink decor. :P

    • October 12, 2011

      I visited close to 10 of them in Taipei and yes, they were all overpriced and the food was crap! But the experiences were worth the money!

  5. Natalie
    October 9, 2011

    Too much pink. That should be against the law!!

    • October 12, 2011

      I mean, I like pink… But in small doses! I’d get a headache working there all day!

  6. Sheryll
    October 9, 2011

    There’s no such thing as too much pink and too much Hello Kitty. I would’ve bought everything there!!!! hahaaha!

  7. Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    October 10, 2011

    You are very brave for entering that place. It looks like they even have pink lighting!

  8. Monica
    October 10, 2011

    This is hilarious. I like your weird food adventure stories!

    • October 12, 2011

      Glad you like them, Monica! :)

  9. Shirlene from Idelish
    October 10, 2011

    We might be headed to Taipei end of this year! This just got onto our must visit list! So PINK!!!!!

    • October 12, 2011

      Oh wow, you’ll LOVE it there! You have to visit as many themed restaurants as possible! :D

  10. Jen
    October 14, 2011

    Lol you sound like me, I seriously don’t understand the appeal. Loving the posing on the chair though girlie x

  11. Sky
    December 15, 2011

    Ah, a Hello Kitty restaurant! I am one of those girls way too old for the Hello Kitty market that LOVES it – to be it represents everything fun and innocent, which we all know life isn’t. I am adding this to my list of places I must visit eventually!

  12. Gina
    January 4, 2013

    I love how you are posing (like I would) on the chair! :-)

  13. Linda Chang
    June 2, 2014

    My daughter is studying in Taiwan and she will definitely love this place. Thanks for sharing

    • June 24, 2014

      No problem! :-)

  14. March 6, 2016

    Hi Lauren,

    I am going to Taiwan next week and I am reading all your posts now. There are so many themed restaurants and I would like to visit one or two but I have a hard time deciding which. Which ones would you reccomend?

    • March 15, 2016

      Ah, so sorry! I’m only just reading about this now! Actually, a lot of the restaurants I went to — the hospital-themed one, the jail-themed one, the Barbie-themed one — have since closed down. I’d suggest Modern Toilet, the plane themed restaurant, and the Friends themed one (if you’re a fan of the show)!