Pop Culture-Themed Cafés To Visit In Asia | Clozette


Whether you're visiting one for work or play, cafés nowadays have really stepped up from just being a coffee hub to a full-on lifestyle destination. At present, apart from offering us our much-needed dose of caffeine, ambience and creativity also play a massive part in a café's appeal, especially for those who frequent it as their coffice space or a stop to their travel itinerary. But with all the cafés out there, which ones deserve your visit? To help you decide, we list down the best themed cafes in Asia that will surely feed not just your caffeine fix but also your craving for fun. 


Gudetama Café (Osaka, Japan)



Who would've thought that eggs would be so cute? Just two years after its debut as an addition to the Sanrio family (yes, the same creators of Hello Kitty), lazy egg Gudetama already took the world by storm as a global favourite. Not only is its perpetually weary state such a relatable mood (especially on Mondays!), people were also quickly enamoured by the character's irresistible cuteness.


If you're in the mood to embrace relaxed vibes and chill with Gudetama, its dedicated café situated in Kadukacho, Osaka is the new hub for you. From cuppas, entrees, mains, and desserts, have your fill of delectable treats decorated with Gudetama's comically jaded face that will have you cry-laughing in amusement, guaranteed. 


Address: 5-17 Hep Five 7F, Osaka 520-0017, Kakuda-cho, Kita Ward, Japan 

Operating hours: Daily, 11AM to 10PM


LINE Café (Seoul, South Korea)



Whether or not LINE is your main means of communicating with your friends, it's hard to ignore the adorable characters that are tied with their brand. Hanging out with Cony and Brown is made easier offline with their biggest café set in Seoul, with three-storeys dedicated to these original LINE characters and their other adorable buddies. Aside from life-sized cuddle buddies, Instagrammable corners at every floor and a nifty souvenir shop for your LINE lovin', the second floor of the establishment is dedicated to a café where you can grab munchies like LINE-themed macarons and cakes that might be too cute to eat once you see them!


Address: 27 Dosan-daero 13-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Daily, 10AM to 10PM

Central Perk (Beijing, China)



With hit TV sitcom Friends celebrating its 25th anniversary this September, a trip to the gang's favourite café is just the way to celebrate. So if you're planning a trip to Beijing soon, make sure you drop by Central Perk, where you can hang with your best pals á la Joey, Chandler, Ross, Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe. Aside from grabbing a 'birthday muffin' and a cup of latte to satisfy your appetite, you can also take a peek (or snap away a bunch of photos) at Joey and Chandler's flat replica.


Address: 53 Chengfu Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing, China

Operating hours: Daily, 11AM to 10PM


Alice Tea Salon (Pasig, Philippines)



What would Alice in Wonderland be without its (in)famous tea scene with the Mad Hatter and March Hare? Now, you can recreate tea time — sans the ravingly mad companions —  at Alice Tea Salon in Ortigas. Enter such whimsy with its inspired decor, from chessboard-like flooring and floating mugs installation to its Queen-of-Hearts-like red double doors. Plus, tea time is never complete without their variety of cakes, snacks, and drinks dressed in fanciful colours that will surely have you smiling like the Cheshire cat at every bite.


Address: The Pearl Place, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig, Philippines

Operating hours: Daily, 8AM to 10PM



9 3/4 (Mong Kok, Hong Kong)



If you don't have the time to fly to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka or Orlando, this quaint space in Mong Kok offering everything Potter is the next best thing. In reference to the famed fictional entry station that'll lead one to Hogwarts Express, 9 3/4 is a café in Hong Kong that will really bewitch — pun intended — any Potterhead to enter its premises. Apart from a feature wall showcasing each character's wand to a replica of the King's Cross 9 3/4 wall in London, the café also serves a vast selection of food items reminiscent of feasts at the Great Hall. 


Address: 404 Shop, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Daily, 2:30 to 4:30PM ; 6:30 to 10:30PM


(Cover photo from: @roamwithros)


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Feeling quite fancy and playful? Show off your feminine charm by showcasing a whimsical look for the day. Make it work by opting for flowy pieces with interesting details but stick to colours that complement each other to give it a touch of sophistication. Need style inspirations to pull off this look? The ladies of the Clozette Community are here to help with their fantastically quaint snaps.



Lovely lavender


A woman wearing a lavender outfit. Its mix of dots and pleats make for a whimsical look
(Photo from: Leannelow)

Honey-hued


Woman wwearing a white off-shoulder blouse and a yellow skirt
Woman wwearing a white off-shoulder blouse and a yellow skirt
Woman wwearing a white off-shoulder blouse and a yellow skirt
Woman wwearing a white off-shoulder blouse and a yellow skirt
Woman wwearing a white off-shoulder blouse and a yellow skirt
Woman wwearing a white off-shoulder blouse and a yellow skirt
(Photo from: AnastasiaLove)



Surrounded by blooms


Woman twirling in a garden
(Photo from: dilate)



Dainty silk


Woman wearing a pleated silk skirt and an orange silk blouse
(Photo from: frostyypenguin)


Bubbly bubblegum


Woman in tiered bubblegum coloured skirt holds balloons
Woman in tiered bubblegum coloured skirt holds balloons
Woman in tiered bubblegum coloured skirt holds balloons
(Photo from: MsElaineHeng)


(Cover photo from: Leannelow)



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When we think of kawaii fashion, what comes to mind are ruffles, frills and sweet pastel colours — basically what Bo Peep wears in Toy Story. But that's just one type of kawaii style; what you may not be aware of is the concept of otona kawaii, which translates to "adult cute". It's basically wearing cute yet sophisticated clothes that are acceptable to wear even in professional settings.



Some examples include incorporating sorbet shades into your officewear, wearing feminine florals and polka dots paired with another piece that's more sleek and structured or donning pieces with cutesy cuts featuring fun elements like a strip of ruffles. It's a nice way to keep your style fresh and youthful without going overboard. Interested in sporting this aesthetic? Ahead, the cute Japanese clothing brands where you can shop for pieces that fit the otona kawaii look.


EMODA



With a store situated in Shibuya, EMODA is one of the most popular cute Japanese clothing brands among tourists and locals alike. From time to time, they release interesting special capsule collections like the well-loved Marilyn Monroe limited-edition pieces back in 2014. So you better keep your eyes peeled! What's great about EMODA is that you can browse and shop their pieces online; here's their global website


OLIVE des OLIVE



Want cute pieces that feature soft silhouettes and muted shades? OLIVE des OLIVE is the place for you! They have a lot of mid-priced, quality pieces that are great for those who love putting together ultra-feminine looks. If you get a chance to visit an OLIVE des OLIVE store while in Japan, don't forget to also check out their stylish, snug-worthy cardigans and adorable ballerina flats. 


ROPÉ PICNIC



As their brand's name suggests, ROPÉ PICNIC offers a lot of bright-coloured, whimsical and relaxed pieces that are usually worn during picnic outings. But of course, these are also great in an everyday setting or even in the office (provided that you won't violate any of your company's dress code). 


WEGO



Of all the brands on this list, WEGO is the one with the widest and most versatile selections. They have the super cutesy pieces that include swimwear, and you can also find casual looks and even street style clothing with a sweet, feminine twist. By Japanese clothing brand standards, WEGO offers the most affordable prices ranging from JPY2000 to 6000. 



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