The first U.S. semi-permanent Hello Kitty Cafe is now open in Southern California at the Irvine Spectrum Center. This kawaii (Japanese for cute) cafe is housed in a shipping container and is part of a pop-up concept that they're testing out at this Irvine shopping center. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has made an appearence at this center previously. From what I hear, this little cafe container will remain at the Spectrum for a whole year. Here's hopes to a permanent brick and mortar cafe in the future. I was able to drop by the container during their soft opening while they were training staff and also stopped in at the media tasting event. I would warn you to expect long lines opening weekend. My advise would be to hold off few weeks for the crowd to die down.
The menu of treats features an assortment of cookies, pastries and tiny cakes. There are both hot and cold teas and coffees offered on the drink menu. They're signature drinks include a strawberry mint lemonade and a really tasty peach iced tea. The coffee drinks feature coffee from the local Portola Coffee Lab. They even have the cutest Hello Kitty bow shaped water bottles.
This is a any Hello Kitty fan's dream! They have the cutest little set up with cafe tables and chairs for guest to hang out. Each treat has something Hello Kitty incorporated, either with a Kitty head or her signature bow. Check out all the cuteness below!
|My 6 year old self is so happy with this assortment!|
|All the yummy cakes and sweets :)|
|Apple Pie bites|
|All the samples at the media event - Opera cake and Apple Pie (Hello Kitty's Favorite Dessert!)|
|Strawberry Mint Lemonade - even the cups are cute!|
|The cutest little fruit tart|
|Their gift boxes even resemble the cafe container|
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|All the goodies|
|Swag from the gift bags: pop-tart like cookie, a little keychain that looks like a coffee cup, the cutest little mug, and a voucher to come back for a drink and treat.|
|Sipping on their yummy peach iced tea with real fruit bits!|
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For updates follow the Hello Kitty Cafe Facebook page. The Hello Kitty Cafe Container is open starting today July 15, 2016. It is located in the Ferris Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum.
Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
Mon- Thurs : 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.