Hello Kitty Cafe in Hong Kong
Hello Kitty has taken over again! This time it's in Hong Kong. HK in HK. Get it? Hello Kitty in Hong Kong? Haha. Since my last visit, there have been two Hello Kitty themed cafes that have opened up in Hong Kong. One is in Tai Hang and the other is in Causeway Bay. I was experiencing a lot of jet lag at the moment so I was up bright and early in the morning and decided to go grab some breakfast. What does a Hello Kitty breakfast entail you may ask. Well, let's see...To get to the food, you first have to make your way to this adorable, kawaii cafe known as the Hello Kitty Secret Garden.Such a cute sight!Why, hello there!When you finally make your way inside, the place is tiny in your typical Hong Kong style with just a handful of tables. Even the tables and chairs are Hello Kitty. I wasn't extremely hungry since I was still on US time, so I decided to get an English breakfast instead of the much raved about Hello Kitty Burger. There was no way in hell I was going to be able to finish a burger. The sign was super inviting though. My stomach told me to order a burger, but my brain told me no. Ultimately, my brain won this time. Ta da! Sausage, beans, bacon, egg, toast, mushroom, and a tomato. Personally, I wasn't too impressed with the presentation. I felt like the egg looked like a deformed Hello Kitty, but alas, Hello Kitty makes you do crazy things like continue to order more stuff from her restaurant! I ordered a Hello Kitty latte. I was actually in the mood for a cold drink, but was told that the design on cold drinks was only a simple HK bow. I ended up getting the hot drink just so I'd have more Hello Kitty on my drink. Here's a close up of the toast. I know this requires a latte specialist, but I really wish they had a 3D Hello Kitty that jumped out at you. There's plenty of places in Los Angeles that do the Hello Kitty lattes, especially one that was as typical as the one above. Dessert menu. At this point, I was too full to order any Hello Kitty desserts. Plus, mind you, it was pretty early in the morning so a cream puff or mousse cake just didn't feel right. And with that adorable meal, I bid adieu to Hello Kitty. I ended up visiting the Hello Kitty Express shop they have on the basement floor of Sogo in Causeway Bay as well. I was more intrigued by the cute photo opps than I was at the potentially tasty food. It's hard to find food that looks adorably cute and isn't so sweet that you feel like you just gave yourself diabetes. Hello Kitty le petit cafe is located on the basement floor of SOGO in Causeway Bay. The express shop had parfaits, coffees, pastries, and other Hello Kitty items. I think if I were to take friends visiting HK to somewhere, I'd take them to the express shop instead of the actual sit-down restaurant. It's faster and I think it has cuter products in general. The only down side would be that the express shop does not sell savory, filling food items like hamburgers or have options like an English breakfast. Here are their Hello Kitty designs for the lattes. I think they're definitely cuter than the ones at the Secret Garden, but they still are not mind-blowing by any means. The macarons, on the other hand, were so visually appealing! I loved the designs and the bright colors. They also had a number of the desserts that were available at the Secret Garden location. Hello Kitty Cake.Let's not forget about the Hello Kitty cookies too!
Close up of a Hazelnut Hello Kitty macaron. What I love is that they constantly change up the design, colors, and flavors of their macarons. I've seen them do ombre colored ones for holidays and they are gorgeous! Close up of an Earl Grey macaron that they dyed red. Of course, I didn't want to buy a whole box of the macarons since I knew they were more pretty than tasty. Anything that looks that cute has to be super sweet, right? I was right. Macaron didn't have a great texture. Taste wise, it was indeed extremely and overly sweet, but definitely Instagram worthy, right? You can't put a price on that!And yes, you could even get Hello Kitty coffee beans to go. Because... why not?
Overall, I'd definitely take any Hello Kitty obsessed fan to either of these places in Hong Kong. It's defintely gimmicky. I think any HK fan would have more fun going on a EVA Air Hello Kitty flight though. Click here to read that post.
Hello Kitty Secret Garden (Full Restaurant Address): G/F, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang
Hello Kitty le petit cafe (Express Cafe): Shop B12, B2/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay