Sometimes, after a long day, you just wanna plop down in a forest of neon mushrooms, eat food that looks like it was shat out of a rainbow, and watch sexy Harajuku girls dance atop a spinning birthday cake.
No? Just me?
In any case, I highly recommend popping by the Kawaii Monster Café in Harajuku. A coworker recommended it (she’s never led me astray). It’s probably a bit tourist-trappy, but it was so damn fun I didn’t care.
The café design is nuts. Check out these descriptions on their website:
A big forest with it’s [sic] ceiling covered
with poisonous colorful mushrooms and space plants.
There is also a secret room for gossip ladies further inside.
Massive heads of rabbits, sheep and unicorns
with a mountain of baby milk bottles.
It’s a crazy baby room where the animals drink their milk.
Sign me up!
Guests are greeted and entertained by “Monster Girls.” My favorite was actually a beautiful Monster Boy named Dolly.
The entrees were on the pricey side and looked a little too novel to be delicious, so we stuck to snacks—fries with an array of rainbow dipping sauces and a rainbow cake. Both were pretty tasty.
The super-chic Japanese girls beside us got full dinner sets. It was fun to watch them ganbare with their insane rainbow parfaits and big googly-eyed hamburgers.
Just as we were about to leave, there was a short show! A lady danced on the birthday cake with a big floppy cat mascot.
I think it’s best to come well before a lunch or dinner shift starts, or to make a reservation. We got there about 25 or 30 minutes before they opened for dinner, and soon a long line formed behind us. It’s a ¥500 entry fee, and then you have a 2 hour time limit to eat, hang out, and take pictures.
Phone reservations accepted (except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.