|Kotori Café is in the back streets of Omotesando|
|You’ll spot these cuties in the window|
I can’t remember exactly how or why we planned to visit a bird café. I’ve had quite a few “close encounters” with birds (they even have their own tag!) but mostly bigger birds like owls, penguins and hawks. This café is home to little birds. They were all very pretty and colourful, I was glad to get the chance to see them up close.
|Cute decor and cute food, what more could a girl want?|
I’ve read a lot more about this café in the years since my visit and it seems we missed out on a rather extensive menu of adorable bird-themed food. I think we’d already eaten before we went to Kotori Café and I can also remember that most of the food was out of stock because we arrived quite late in the evening. We settled for a drink each and some bird-shaped cookies.
|So much bird-themed art!|
|I love Halloween so this little witchy bird made my day|
I’ve noticed many cafés in Asia (Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong to be specific) have cute hand-drawn art all over their walls. This place was no exception. Since our visit was in October, there were lots of little Halloween details too.
|Bird-lovers’ shopping heaven!|
If you are more of a bird-lover (and more of a shopper) than I, this place has what you need – a big selection of cute, bird-themed items. I don’t usually purchase very much (if anything at all) when I travel as I hate bringing suitcases so I bought nothing. Photos are souvenir enough, in my opinion!
I rarely watch animé beyond Studio Ghibli’s work. However, one adorable series I watched nearly to the end was “Polar Bear’s Café” (the original name is “Shirokuma Café”). In fact, I’ve never watched the last episode because I don’t want it to be over! I’ve even been tempted into buying some Shirokuma Cafe merch (the most adorable teaspoon which unfortunately broke in two in the dishwasher *cries).
It’s about a very laid back polar bear who runs an organic café, complete with coffee beans roasted by a group of industrious tree kangaroos! His customers are mostly animals that “work” at the local zoo. It’s the cutest thing ever and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re an animal lover like me.
You can imagine how ecstatic I was to find out that a real life version of this café exists in Takadanobaba, a district in the outskirts of Tokyo. I was lucky to get a chance to stop by last month for a cake and a coffee. Read on for my full experience at the Polar Bear’s Cafe Tokyo.
|Cute decor but there are no souvenirs for sale here, unfortunately.|
|Even this little sign is adorable|
|I wished the felted Totoros were for sale!|
This place is really small, but it wasn’t too busy when were visited. We saw some other tourists in the area but the café itself only had one other table full (though I guess there were only about four or five tables in total).
|The whole point of this excursion|
Finally, the food! The café also serves savoury food but we had plans for dinner elsewhere so just went for a cream puff each and some drinks. The only flavour available on that day was custard, we were informed that the seasonal flavour(s) had sold out already. The cream puff itself was really light and felt like I had eaten just air, tbh. As I am not a fan of cream puffs, I can’t say whether it was good or not…I guess if you are hungry and come here for lunch you will need to get something savoury too!