Location: Irvine, California, USA
Address: 360 Spectrum Center Drive
Date: June 2019
Hello Kitty was created by company Sanrio in 1974 and since then she has appeared on everything from pencil cases to electric guitars. Hello Kitty products generate billions of dollars every year. People just can't get enough of that cute little kitty with no mouth. That includes us. When we heard that California had a Hello Kitty Cafe where we could also have tea, we made our reservation right away.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is located in the Irvine Spectrum Center. The Irvine Spectrum Center is located about 1 to 3 hours drive (Welcome to LA!) south of Los Angeles. Once you arrive you can load up on Hello Kitty shaped cookies, cakes, macarons and more.
The cafe is decorated with drawings of desserts that feature Hello Kitty. Some of them were available and very similar to what was pictured. Anyone can purchase items from the cafe but you need a reservation to have tea in the Bow Room. There are only about six tables in the Bow Room so book ahead.
The Bow Room is located through a door at the back of the cafe. If you have a reservation you are welcomed into this room, while everyone else looks up from their Hello Kitty cookies to try and sneak a peak. It is called the Bow Room after the little pink bow Hello Kitty always has in her hair. Sorry Pochacco but this is not the Bow Wow room. Only Hello Kitty is featured, none of her large group of Sanrio friends.
The tea cups and tea pots all had a gold Hello Kitty on them and of course a bow. It was too cute.
We started our meal off with a fruit salad topped with coconut cream. It had a Hello Kitty face inside a heart on top.
Hello Kitty's backstory claims here real name is Kitty White and she comes from England. For this reason we hoped she knew a thing or two about high tea service. She did not disappoint. We enjoyed everything. We were served 3 tiers of scones, quiches, sandwiches and desserts.
We devoured everything in between sips of tea. One of the last desserts we ate was a square cake with a frosted Hello Kitty on top. Sorry Kitty but looking cute will not stop us from eating you. Same goes for you Hello Kitty shaped sugar. Into the tea cup you go.
The Bow Room serves cocktails in the evening. But it also looked like you could have your tea around the Hello Kitty silhouette bar. We enjoyed the Bow Room and our visit immersed in Hello Kitty. As we left the cafe we passed a Hello Kiity near the entrance. Goodbye Kitty.......for now.
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