Sanrio fans, prepare your stomachs and eyes for a Kawaii feast for the senses: the Hello Kitty Cafes and food trucks are officially on the move. Well, the food trucks are - the cafes are fairly stationary, but are totally worth booking a trip for. However, if flying or driving to California or Nevada isn't an option, then the Hello Kitty food trucks are on their way around the countries to bring the magic to fans across the U.S.
Purchasing food or souvenirs from these locations or trucks is the closest anyone will get to Kawaii in the U.S., and it's certainly an experience to look forward to. This is what to expect when visiting one of these Sanrio food stops.
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe In California
Some of us will remember the Sanrio stores that used to be a staple in any large mall, and when they slowly shut their doors, it seemed that the U.S. had a void in need of being filled. Enter: the Hello Kitty Cafe line. Now, there's no need to travel all the way to Japan - and the birthplace of Sanrio - just to have a bit of kawaii Hello Kitty in one's life. Irvine, California, got its first, and the first, Hello Kitty Cafe about two years ago, and it's the perfect place for fans of this cute cat (and friends). The Irvine cafe is almost too sweet for words, and it all starts with its perfectly pastel pink exterior that beckons fans to its front door.
Once visitors pass under that trademark pink and white awning, they'll be greeted with an entire room that's filled with Hello Kitty-themed decor, items for purchase, and sweets to try. The floor, walls, and ceiling are pink with a pink set of chairs and booths to match, and the photos that adorn the walls are exactly how they would be seen in the TV show and movies. Those who are looking to make memories can even take photos in front of the candy-decorated wallpaper that has the words, 'Have a sweet day!' written across the top in that trademark Hello Kitty script.
The cafe menu, though, is what most people travel for, though. With a wide selection of coffee beverages ranging from fruity iced teas to cafe mocha, and even smoothies and lemonades, there's no shortage of drinks to pep a fan up. Desserts at this cute cafe include:
- Birthday Cake
- Strawberry Cake
- Mama's Apple Pie
- Chocolate Chocolate Cake
- Mixed Berry Pocket Pie
- Donut Macarons
- Hello Kitty-Shaped Sugar Cookies
- 5-Piece Assorted Macarons
Those looking for something a little more savory can visit the Hello Kitty Cafe for tea time, during which they'll have access to a menu featuring small tea sandwiches and an extensive list of hot teas. There's even something for adults who are of age, as well - Hello Kitty-themed adult beverages! Kitty, It's Cold Outside or Berry Kawaii are great options. A list of wines and mocktails is also available.
- Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM, Friday 11 AM - 9:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 9:30 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 9 PM
- Afternoon Tea Hours: Friday 11 AM - 2:30 PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 3:30 PM
- Cocktail Service: Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 9:30 PM
- Address: 860 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Hello Kitty Cafe Las Vegas
The Hello Kitty Cafe in Las Vegas offers a similar menu with a variety of blended tea drinks and bakery items. The menu is a bit more limited as the location is carry-out only, and much smaller in size but equally as impressive.
- Hours of Operation: Friday - Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Address: Park MGM, 3778 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Hello Kitty Food Trucks Are On The Move
The Hello Kitty food trucks have been on the move since 2014 and this year, they're starting up the trek again from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast.
These food trucks feature exclusive Sanrio merchandise as well as a limited, specially curated menu specifically for these kawaii-themed trucks. Any fan would be thrilled to see one of these in their city, and the schedule for 2021 is as follows:
- Fresno, CA - July 17th
- Durham, NC - July 17th
- Eugene Oregon - July 24th
- Washington, D.C. - July 24th
- Portland, OR - July 31st
- Cherry Hill. NJ - July 31st
- Paramus, NJ - August 7th
- Seattle, WA - August 7th
- Spokane, WA - August 14th
- Staten Island, NY - August 14th
- Denver, CO - August 21st
- Brooklyn, NY - August 21st
- Omaha, NE - August 28th
- Boston, MA - August 28th
More details about the food trucks, and their future locations, can be found here.