Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Tokyo
Asia,  Food,  Japan,  Travel Chronicles: Summer 2023

Pompompurin Cafe in Tokyo Review

This is day 6 of my Travel Chronicles: Summer 2023 series, working in Tokyo as a teen travel counselor. Check out the previous day’s blog post Sushi Making Class at Tsukiji Outer Market! Today, we went to Harajuku and Odaiba and the highlight of the day was going to the Pompompurin cafe in Harajuku!

It was a rainy day, and the first stop of the day was Meiji Jingu, a large Shinto shrine in the Yoyogi, right next to Harajuku dedicated to Emperor Meiji. It is also one of the most visited shrines in Tokyo. I try to stop by Meiji Jingu whenever I am in the area since it’s a great way to get some peace and quiet in the city. Although it was raining, it was still a very pleasing and relaxing time.

meiji jingu shrine
meiji jingu shrine in the rain

For Lunch we separated from the group, and I already knew exactly where I wanted to go, the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku! Pompompurin is a popular Golden Retriever dog from Sanrio. It is actually a cafe that I had eyes on for a few years but for some reason, was intimidated to go into. I remember when I went to the front of the door before, I saw the staff wearing cute dresses, and I just assumed it was a maid cafe-style restaurant and got scared to go in.

There was a machine in front of the restaurant that said the wait time along with the waitlist to write your name down. At the time I went, there was only one person ahead of me, and I was called in less than 5 minutes. As I walked in through the door, the staff rang a bell and all the waitresses looked at me and welcomed me in.

Entrance of pompompurin cafe
Entrance of pompompurin cafe

I was instantly greeted with the pop of colors in the restaurant and the interior was so cute and decorated so thoughtfully. There were plushies and statues of the character at almost every corner. The staff also stressed to not get any of the other customers in any of the photos that I take within the store. They asked if I prefer English and Japanese, and I said Japanese is fine, but I preferred an english menu. The menu had so many different things kinds of food for anyone who is craving anything, and most importantly, they all looked so cute! I was really debating on either the combination lunch plate, souffle omurice or keema Curry.

pompompurin cafe harajuku menu
pompompurin cafe harajuku menu

There was also a very extensive drink menu as well, and each customer must order 1 drink item. I decided to splurge and get purin-kun’s tropical mango lassi, which is a yogurt–based beverage with a smoothie-like consistency. It was the first thing that came out and the presentation was so cute! I was so surprised to find out that the pompompurin at the top was chocolate! He was really living his best tropical life.

pompompurin cafe Mango Lassi
pompompurin cafe’s Mango Lassi

After the long debate, I ended up getting the pompompurin and muffin combination lunch plate. I love pompompurin and sanrio characters, but it was the first time that I found out that pompom had a hamster friend called muffin! This lunch plate really reminded me of a Japanese children’s set but better because anyone able to order it. It was really nice being able to have a little bit of everything on this plate including Japanese style Omelet, Rice, Spaghetti, tater tots, vegetables, potato salad, and dessert.

pompompurin and muffin combination lunch plate
pompompurin and muffin combination lunch plate

I loved that this menu had the chocolate as well! I was able to tell what kind of dessert was in the glass, but it was some type of sweet cream-like texture. For some reason the whole time, I thought that the potato salad on the side was ice cream and only found out that it wasn’t when I saved it for last and then took a bite. I should have been suspicious when it wasn’t melting…

pompompurin muffin chan dessert
pompompurin muffin chan dessert

For an extra 550 yen, I opted for a special Pompompurin Polaroid photo. Since I was there alone, I thought this was a cute way to take a photo and remember my time there. There were two different main areas where the photo could be taken, and I chose the area in front of my seat. The staff’s personal customization was also so adorable.

special Pompompurin Polaroid photo
Special Pompompurin Polaroid photo
pompompurin cafe photo area
pompompurin cafe photo area

Overall, I had such a fun time in the pompompurin cafe, and I’m so glad that I was able to go and experience it. Cute-themed cafes are really my weakness, and this one is right in the middle of Harajuku, so it makes it almost impossible to avoid! If you are a Sanrio fan, this is definitely a must-go spot!

I then rejoined my group and we went to Odaiba, Tokyo’s artificial land and futuristic area filled with many shopping malls. We visited DiverCity mall and played at Round1’s Spo-Cha, Japan’s biggest indoor sports complex until late. It has many different activities like bowling, karaoke, ping pong, and darts.

We then had dinner at the food court in the basement of DiverCity and theres an endless amount of food vendors there! I decided to get kakifry (fried oyster) since it’s become one of my favorite Japanese food.

Odaiba's Unicorn Gundam Statue
Odaiba’s Unicorn Gundam Statue

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