Translated by Hilary Keyes
Of Course It's Popular! Pompompurin Café in Harajuku
Written by OsawaKimie
Sanrio's characters are popular not only in Asia but all over the world. Their cute designs are not only loved by children but by school girls and grown women as well. Let's check out the Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku!
The characters created by Sanrio are popular not only in Asia but all over the world. Their cute designs are loved not only by children but by school girls and grown women as well. But did you know that there was a cafe in Harajuku devoted to the fan favorite "Pompompurin"? Let's check out the Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku, which stands out with its long queues zigzagging in front of the shop on holidays.
Who is Pompompurin?
Just what is Pompompurin? You may ask. Well, the easiest explanation is this: Pompompurin is a male Golden Retriever. "Purin" in Japanese, is the word for "pudding" or, more specifically, custard pudding. So, Pompompurin is a little golden dog, round like a pudding, wearing a dark brown beret. He lives in a place called "Pompom Room" that was given to him by his owner. First appearing in 1996, Pompompurin has quickly become a fan favorite, loved by people, especially women, of all ages.
2014 - Harajuku Café Opened
A three minute walk from the entrance of Takeshita Street in Harajuku, the Pompompurin Café opened in October 2014 in CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU, one of Harajuku's newest shopping hot spots.
If you take the stairs up to the third floor, you will find yourself right at the entrance to the cafe. Despite the cafe not being open yet, there are already lines of high school girls waiting outside. It's a good idea to visit early on a weekday or later in the evening because during rush hour, on weekends and on holidays, you will find it almost impossible to get in.
A Shop Interior That Embodies Pompompurin
The spacious shop interior is entirely based on Pompompurin's signature golden yellow color, which makes the space feel even larger!
From the light fixtures to the tables, you will find illustrations of Pompompurin almost everywhere you look. Even if you're not a fan of the character, with an interior like this you will surely want to take some pictures of these charming sights.
Food as Good as it Looks! Their Original Menu
Photo courtesy of Pompompurin Cafe
At the Harajuku cafe, the sights of the interior and the tastes of their original food are sure to make your visit an enjoyable one. For example, this is the Pompompurin Mellow Beef Stroganoff (990 yen). With the yellow rice formed in the shape of the cafe's star, you might feel a little reluctant to eat such a cute dish.
Photo courtesy of Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
And here is their Deluxe Bagel! Pancake Tower (1490 yen plus tax), which is a Harajuku exclusive. These are pancakes made by Pompompurin's friend, Bagel.
If you order this dish, you can take home the Pompompurin cup you see on the right of the picture.
Photo courtesy of Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
"I'm Purin! Pompompurin" (500 yen plus tax) is a custard pudding that comes with caramel syrup and is a must-try dish for any Pompompurin fans; it is Pompompurin's favorite dish!
Perfect for Visitors! Multilingual Menus
As visitors to Harajuku from overseas increase, the number of visitors to Pompompurin Café has also risen. To better support their customers' needs, menus are not only available in Japanese but also in English and Chinese。
Harajuku Exclusive Pompompurin Goods
When you've finished eating but still want more, be sure to check out the Pompompurin Café exclusive goods.
These goods are the perfect size and fit as souvenirs.
If you love the Sanrio characters, if you would like to enjoy a relaxing time with friends or family or if you would like to experience another side of Harajuku, we invite you to come to Pompompurin Café in Harajuku. By the time you leave the cafe, you will probably already be a fan of Pompompurin.
Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingūmae 1-7-1 CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F
Hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (last food order 20:00, drink order 20:30)
Credit Cards: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX
Other Languages: None
Menus in Other Languages: English, Chinese
Nearest Station: JR Yamanote line, Harajuku Station (JR 原宿駅)
Access: 3 minute walk from the Takeshita Street entrance
Price Range: 1000 yen - 2999 yen
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: 03-5786-0770
Home Page: Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku (Japanese)