Looking for a cute, Insta-worthy cafe to hang out at? Check out these six themed cafes.
1. HELLO KITTY ORCHID GARDEN CAFE
Singapore’s first Hello Kitty themed-cafe opened on May 12, drawing hundreds of people to Changi Airport’s Terminal 3, with some in the queue at 7am, hours before the 11.30am opening time.
The cafe is also the world’s first Hello Kitty-themed cafe that is open round the clock,.
The 84-seat Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Cafe, with Hello Kitty shaped furniture, pays tribute to the popular character, part of Japanese company Sanrio’s roster of cute creatures. Diners can head to a photo-taking area with a statuette of the cat.
Dishes on the menu are inspired by Singaporean fare, such as wagyu beef rendang and orange sugee cake.
Breakfast options include Eggs Benedict with smoked duck and salmon, with a Hello Kitty twist. Prices of the main course dishes range from $15 to $24.
It has a retail section which sells merchandise featuring the cat for those looking for souvenirs from the cafe. There is also Hello Kitty custom-roasted coffee and custom-blended tea.
2. DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE
The DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe on the first level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands serves American-style burgers, sandwiches and steak.
The cafe is decorated with posters from the DC Comics series, a life-sized figure of Superman breaking through the wall, limited-edition merchandise and a life-sized replica of the Batmobile.
There are four booths themed according to different superheroes: Supergirl, The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, with each booth showcasing original artwork by concept artist Stanley Lau.
On the menu are superhero-inspired creations, such as the new Batman’s Wagyu Beef Jaw Burger ($31.90), which is based on the newly released Batman v Superman movie.
This signature dish comes with wagyu beef and foie gras butter served in charcoal burger bun with the batman logo.
Prices for burgers and entrees range from about $20 to $40.
3. CHARLIE BROWN CAFE
Charlie Brown Cafe is South-east Asia’s first Peanuts comic strip themed-cafe.
The first outlet in Orchard Cineleisure Mall opened in 2011, followed by the OneKM mall in 2015. Both cafes are Halal-certified.
Some signature dishes include the Honey Grilled Chicken ($14) and the Beef Risotto ($14). And for dessert, the chocolate and matcha lava cakes ($7) which come decorated with a drawing of Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle.
You can buy Peanuts merchandise, including mugs, clothing and plush toys, at the cafes or from the website.
4. HUNGRY HEROES
Fans can satisfy their craving for all things pop culture at Hungry Heroes, along Tessensohn Road.
The eye-catching DIY Superhero Chandelier hangs from the ceiling and is decorated with superhero action figures.
There are also life-sized superhero statues and head busts of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.
The walls feature more than 100 superhero and pop culture posters in frames. These include posters of actress Audrey Hepburn and The Beatles.
There is also a faux weapons showcase, inspired by the movie Kick-Ass.
The restaurant serves American-style dishes, like the Bacon Karate Chop with Honey Thyme Gastrique ($20) and the Mother of all Chicken Burgers ($32). Prices for the main courses are from $19 to $30.
56. GUDETAMA CAFE
The Gudetama-themed cafe opened at level one of Suntec City Mall in 2016.
Local food blogger Shirley Wong, also known as Little Miss Bento, was enlisted by the Singapore Gudetama Cafe to assist with the food styling and co-creating the menu. On offer are dishes such as “I’m Cold” Smoked Salmon Benedict ($26.90), which is poached eggs, smoked salmon and mashed avocado on brioche toast, topped with yuzu Hollandaise sauce; Rib-“I” Don’t Care ($28.50), a 200g chargrilled prime Angus ribeye steak topped with creamy mushroom sauce, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables; as well as Big “Nua” Breakfast ($25.90) with bacon, spicy pork bratwurst, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans and toasted brioche.
The 2,300 sq ft cafe features ceilings that look like waffles, as well as egg-shaped booths and chairs in the main dining area.
6. SOUP SPOON UNION X CARTOON NETWORK CAFE
This 93-seat cafe at Punggol Waterway Point was the most recent entry to the slew of character-themed cafes.
Featuring popular characters from Cartoon Network’s hit shows such as the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears, the cafe serves dishes such as Pan-Pan Calzone, inspired by We Bare Bears’ panda character Pan Pan ($10.90++); a cheesy and crusty Omnitrix Pizza ($14.90++), with pepperoni and seaweed for Ben 10 fans; and the Blossom Carrot Cake ($14.90++), with marshmallows, named after one of the Powerpuff Girls.
A version of this article was first published on www.straitstimes.com.