With more and more insanely cute character-themed cafes popping up everywhere on our sunny shores this year, we round them up and share with you why they are worth the trip down!
#1 Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Location: Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Arrival Hall Central #01-22
Operating hours: 24 hours
Contact number: +65 6241 6127
Although there are plenty of Hello Kitty cafes in other regions, Singapore’s Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is the first and only one operating 24/7! A whimsical floral paradise located at Changi Airport, Sanrio devotees can perch on the iron-wrought swing seats, pose with life-sized figurines, and shop exclusive merchandise which includes tea blends, grow-it-yourself plant kits and special edition plushies. Take your pick from an extensive menu of all-day breakfast delights like Big Breakfast Sunprise (pictured above, $18.50). But the real deal is inarguably their beautifully-plated desserts. No point looking at the photos, you have to head down yourself to experience and taste it for yourself!
#2 DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #01-03, Singapore 018972
Operating hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Contact number: +65 6688 7610
Fancy chowing down a Batman charcoal burger, sipping a cup of Wonder Woman tea, or grabbing a Green Lantern salad to go? If you’re a true-blue DC geek, head down to the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe for the ultimate experience. Be served drinks in Superman/Batman cups, and relish in a comics-inspired selection of creative dishes such as the Superman’s Country Charm Chrilled Chicken ($19.90) and Batman vs Joker Quaky Duck Pasta ($19.90). And the best part? This place’s officially licensed by DC Comics so you can fuel your obsession with the plethora of apparel, accessories and other knick-knacks available.
#3 Charlie Brown Cafe
Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, OneKM #01-52, Singapore 437157
Operating hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm
Contact number: +65 6702 1979
It’s no surprise that fans of all ages love this place. After all, it prides itself as the top Peanuts cafe in Southeast Asia. Opening a second outlet in OneKM Mall last year, Charlie Brown Cafe offers patrons a homely space where you can eat to your heart’s content amidst Peanuts comic strips, sculptures and photobooths. They serve a variety of hearty mains like pastas and pizzas, but the bestsellers are undoubtedly the themed fare, which includes Snoopy’s Lava Cake ($8.80), Woodstock Cherry’s Signature Crepe ($9.80) and Sally Apple’s Fruity Pancakes ($9.80). After which, take a look at the souvenir section where you can get your hands on the newest collectibles.
#4 Pokémon Cafe
Location: 40 Lor Mambong, Bugis Junction #04-05, Singapore 277695
Operating hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Aspiring Pokémon masters can now realise their dream of entering the Pokémon universe (albeit a makeshift one), provided you can survive the hours-long queue. From now till 31 July, the retail space of F&B establishment Everything With Fries will be transformed into a Pokémon pop-up cafe, the franchise’s first ever venture outside of Japan. Fans can look forward to an irresistible array of Pikachu-fied fare, especially the Pikachu Smiling Rice Omelette ($25) and Pikachu’s Sweeeeet Pancake ($20), which come with a free Pokéball mug. There’ll also be limited edition mementos on sale such as T-shirts, tote bags, and even a Pikachu’s tail keychain. And if you’re lucky, you might even have a chance to take selfies with the Pikachu mascot. Gotta catch (and eat) ‘em all!
#5 Hungry Heroes
Location: 33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656
Operating hours: Tues – Fri 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Sat, Sun & PH 12:00pm – 11:00pm, closed on Mondays
Contact number: +65 6295 5401
Whether you’re a DC die-hard or a Marvel fan, you can get your superhero fix at Hungry Heroes. While you wait for a table, gawk at memorabilia of life-sized statues, head busts, weaponry, figurines and movie posters filling the walls. Then, stuff your face with their outrageous menu of ji-ba-boomz! burgers like the Mega Steak-Out Burger ($38) and Mother of all Chicken Burgers ($32), as well as specialty meat platters like Johnny’s Inferno Spicy Pork Ribs ($21) and Nuclear Fission Angus Beef Cheeks ($28). Portions are huge, so grab your comics-obsessed pals and gather here for a feast!
#6 Pompompurin Cafe
Location: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #04-08, Singapore 238896
Operating hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Contact number: +65 6509 8672
First thing to tick off on any Pompompurin fan’s bucket list? A trip to the newly-launched Pompompurin Cafe in Singapore, of course! Similar to its Hello Kitty counterpart, the charming golden retriever adopts a garden city theme for its 78-seater home, featuring Tomodachi house (which means ‘friends house’ in Japanese) booths all patrons will definitely make a beeline for. You’ll be greeted with everything Purin upon entering, from the wallpaper to merchandise to cutleries, to of course the grub. Try not to squeal at the downright adorable Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship ($19.99), or the Pompompurin’s Banana & Caramel Pancake ($16.99). The food isn’t entirely life-changing, but at least you’ll leave with plenty of pretty pics. To sweeten the deal, order any dish bearing a mug logo beside it and you can even bring home your own Pompompurin mug!
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