I recently had the chance to attend the opening of the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe in Irvine and you guys, it was so cute.
Walk through the colorful front cafe, passing a case of made-to-order donuts and Sanrio mini cakes to the back tearoom, where a reservation is your golden ticket inside.
In the Bow Room, enjoy afternoon tea service at $55 per person. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the experience is worth it. Service comes with a pot of tea, mini tea sandwiches, mini cupcakes and cakes, and scones with honey, strawberry jam, whipped butter, and Hello Kitty-shaped sugars.
Cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. and offers the cutest adult beverages you have ever seen. Hello Kitty-inspired drinks like the Matcha Matcha with Japanese whiskey, yogurt, matcha, and yuzu and the Dear Daniel with mezcal, pineapple, lime, spirulina, and salted coconut whip are as tasty as they are photogenic.
The cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces – a fast casual cafe setting open to the public and a separate private room. For reservation-only afternoon tea program and cocktail service, visit their official website here.