Pompompurin Cafe: Osaka’s Cutest Cafe

It is no secret that soft power is king in Japan. Cuteness comes in every form, from obvious item like toys and sweets to everyday items like soap dispensers and cookware. Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty and Friends, sponsors a lot of these products in addition to dozens of store and a handful of theme cafés. One of Sanrio’s theme cafes centers on Kitty’s golden retriever friend, Pompompurin. The Pompompurin Cafe in Umeda is almost unbearably cute— and the food isn’t bad either!

Pompompurin Cafe

The Pompompurin Cafe is located inside Hankyu/ Umeda Station. Head downstairs to the second floor (B2) on the south end of the Sangbangai and you will find it soon.

entrance of the pompompurin cafe in Osaka
Store entrance

Right away, you will see there is a really strong attention to detail in the cafe! The theme of the cafe is “Pompompurin’s room”.

In Japan, Pompompurin is actually more popular than Kitty-chan!

The chairs, soft yellow hued lighting, and wall art, gives a warm inviting feeling and clearly pull from Pompompurin’s character design.

wall art of pompompurin in a tiger jacket eating takoyaki
Osaka exclusive wall art

The cafe has a special menu featuring original main dishes, desserts and drinks. Every dish has Pompompurin incorporated in some way. This probably sound cynical, but I wasn’t expect much from the food here. Other theme cafes I’ve been to, while cute, offered food that I thought was both overpriced and not that good. But here it’s not that bad; I’d even venture to say it’s good!

beef stroganofff with yellow rice in the shape of pompompurin
Beef Stroganoff with rice

The food is so cute you almost feel bad eating it.

chocolate banana and pudding parfait featuring pompompurin
Pompompurin banana and chocolate parfait

The paper placemats changed from time to time.

22nd anniversary placemat of the pompompurin cafe

round plush doll of pompompurin on a yellow booth seat
A little lumpy, but that just means he a veteran hugger

With plush toys waiting around the store, there is always someone who is happy to share a meal with you.

Pompompurin Cafe

Address

Hankyu Sambangai South Bldg. B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

 

Website

http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/jp/

 

Getting To

PomPom Purin Cafe is on the second floor (B2) on the south end of the Sangbangai of Hakyu Umeda Station. 

 

Hours

Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00 Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00

 

Price Range

500-1500 yen

 

 

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