Sensory overload reaches new heights.

By Melissa Locker
August 05, 2015
Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku

The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU just opened on August 1, but it’s already topping many Tokyo must-see lists.

The cafe is located in the hub of Tokyo’s Harajuku district and was created by artist Sebastian Masuda, who is most well known for his cuteness-fashion store 6% DokiDoki, the landmark shop that helped define the Harajuku district when it opened almost 20 years ago.

Masuda has done it again with the design of the candy-colored KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU. For a 500 yen entrance fee (that’s about $4 U.S.) visitors can spend 90 minutes inside ogling the overwhelmingly adorable design. Think oversized macarons as wall decorations, a bubble tea large enough to bathe in, a birthday cake merry-go-round, and unicorns, bunnies, and kitty cats everywhere you look. The shop is staffed by five so-called “Monster Girls”—Baby, Dolly, Candy, Nasty, and Crazy, whose names are hopefully not indicative of their customer service skills.

Though gawkers are allowed, the space is also a fully functioning restaurant managed by Diamond Dining, who also run one of Tokyo’s many Alice in Wonderland–themed eateries. The café is divided into four equally precious-sounding seating areas: the toadstool-themed Mushroom Disco; the Milk Stand where baby bottles dangle from the ceiling; Bar Experiment, which features a black light–lit jellyfish; and the Mel-Tea Room featuring giant melting ice cream cones.

The food is as adamantly cutesy as the décor. The menu includes options like pastel-colored pasta, a “candy salad,” something called a “party party monster with monster dip,” and an over-the-top ice cream sundae with the slightly daunting name of “Colorful Poison Parfait Extreme.”