8 Character Cafes In Singapore – Minions, Miffy, Powerpuff Girls And Gudetama Cafes With Cuteness Overload
Character cafes come and go in Singapore.
They get an initial hype as fans are curious when their favourite characters turn to food, along with several photo opportunities. But a couple did not meet expectations in the taste factor, and had to bite the dust.
With the increasingly short attention span of diners, it seems like the pop-up concepts work best to keep them interested.
People are also not going to these places to EAT-eat per se, but for photo opportunities. Therefore, presentation plays a crucial part for such cafés to sustain their appeal.
8 Character Themed Cafes In Singapore – Super Heroes and Cuteness Overload
Minion Café – THE GUEST cafe&diner
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #03-23/24/25, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm Daily
A Minions Café has opened in Singapore at Orchard Central Level 3.
Similar to its Japanese counterparts, this is a pop-up concept under “THE GUEST cafe&diner” that will operate from 23 November 2017 (Thurs) to 31st January 2018 (Wed).
The popular Minion themed food and drinks includes Minion’s Great Escape Cream Stew ($20.90), Minions Vacation Plate ($23.90), S’more & Minion’s Ice Cream ($16.90), Minion Riceball Party ($21.90), and Pizza Box ($13.90).
Do expect long queues (partly due to the school holidays), and feedback has been more positive for its dessert items rather than mains. Minions Café (Orchard Central)
Cartoon Network Cafe By The Soup Spoon Union
83 Punggol Central, #B1-12, Waterway Point Mall, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
As a collaboration with Cartoon Network for a year, the 93-seaters Soup Spoon Union at Punggol Waterway Point has undergone a revamp with Cartoon Network wallpaper, toys, plushies and a dedicated corner for cartoon sketching.
Each of the cartoon characters will be available in the Appetisers ($8.90 – $10.90), Mains ($14.90 – $23.80), Desserts ($12.90 – $16.80) and Drinks ($4.50 – $10.90) section of the menu.
Appetisers include Adventure Time BBQ Drumlets (6pcs for $8.90), Powerpuff Potpie ($10.90), Ben 10 Baked Fries & Meatballs (6pcs for $8.90), Pan-pan Carlzone ($10.90).
My favourite was the Powerpuff Potpie ($10.90) that came with a choice of Velvety Mushroom or Clam Chowder.
However, presentation and creativity of dishes didn’t seem to be as strong over here, with some characters reflected by a token graphics print-out. Cartoon Network Café (Waterway Point)
Kumoya @ 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat), Last Order 30 minutes before closing, Closed Mon
Duration: 5 October 2017 (Thursday) to 31 December 2017 (Sunday)
This is a pop-up concept that takes place till 31st December 2017 (Sunday). All the way till Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The limited-time menu has been curated and styled by well known food stylist Shirley Wong (Little Miss Bento) and the Kumoya team. Shirley is also consultant of the menu at Gudetama Café Singapore.
Popular dishes include the Splashing Good Fun Japanese Seafood Curry Rice ($24.90) of fluffy Miffy Japanese rice served with fish kamaboko, cheese stars, steamed broccoli, breaded calamari, breaded ebi, breaded scallop and fresh tempura salmon on Japanese curry; and Magnificent Matcha Azuki Lava cake ($16.90) – warm matcha lava cake served with fresh churned creamy Hokkaido soft serve. Paired with cute buttery Miffy cookie, fluffy cotton candy, dango and Hokkaido azuki.
The interior was on-point. Miffy Café (Jalan Klapa)
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
Singapore’s 1st Hello Kitty Café. Named as “Hello Kitty Orchid Garden”, the interior and menu is inspired by Singapore’s national flower.
Some local influence has been woven into the menu, which comprises of all-day breakfast fare and an array of Kitty-fied desserts, including gelato sundaes, waffles, pastries and tea cakes.
Its recommended item include a Big Breakfast Surprise ($18.50), Kitty Meets Benedict ($17.50 with Hollandaise sauce done two ways in yuzu and dill, Enchanted Forest quesadillas ($17.90), Cowabunga Wagyu ($24), Kitty Goes Fishing salmon ($23.90), and The Cat in Paradise dessert ($18.50).
Located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall Central, the cafe is opened 24/7. Food-wise, so-so lah. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Gudetama Cafe Singapore
Suntec City Mall #01-361/362/363/364 (West Wing), 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun) Last Order 9:30pm
Created after popular Sanrio Character Gudetama, the Gudetama Café is started by homegrown brands Joe & Dough and The Soup Spoon.
The menu consists of 10 main courses, 4 side dishes, 5 desserts, 2 kids’ meals and a range of specialty drinks. Prices for main courses range from $18.00 to $38.00 and prices for side dishes start from $12.50.
Signature items include “I’m Cold” Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26.90) – poached eggs with smoked salmon over mashed avocado on brioche toast drizzled with Yuzu hollandaise sauce, served with seasonal greens; Gudetama Lobster Onsen ($16.00) – lobster bisque with poached egg in bread bowl served with seasonal greens; and “Shoyu Ramen” Set ($21.50)
“Ramen” dessert made with chocolate and feuilletine cake topped with layers of chestnut Mont Blanc and earl grey jelly, served with a side of panna cotta and sweetened rose tea.
Of all the character cafes in Singapore, the dining crowd here seems to be the most consistent. Gudetama Café (Suntec City)
DC Comics Super Heroes Café
2 Bayfront Avenue, L1-03/04/05 Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7610
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11pm (Sun-Thurs), 10:30am – 11:30pm
It may be your dream come true to have some Superman’s Soup, Green Lantern Salad, Catwoman’s Caramel Latte, The Flash’s Espresso and Batman Burger. Or maybe not. (Anyway, please do not ask for Spiderman cakes yah?)
The menu consists of starters, quesadilla, sandwiches, pasta dishes, desserts and drinks. Food is not halal, though no pork or lard is served.
Let us just say that the children are likely to enjoy the toys and cakes, and the adults have to get ready to spend some money. The price of the Flash Cupcake at $8.90 may already give you a shock (pun unintended).
The DC Comics Super Heroes Café is a great place for photo opportunities, but the food may not be able to save the day. They will be opening a new outlet at downtown Orchard. DC Comics Super Heroes Café (MBS)
33 Tessensohn Road Singapore 217656
Opening Hours: 4 – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 12 – 11pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Hungry Heroes is not only for the kids, but adults as well, serving big-sized hearty portioned foods and platters such as gigantic burgers, twice-cooked Pork Ribs, specialty meats like the Bacon Karate Chop and the Nuclear Fission Angus Beef Cheeks.
There are many original and licensed superhero memorabilia from Marvel & other comics on display, including life-sized statues, head busts, figurines and movie posters.
Charlie Brown Café
Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road, #04-01, Singapore 239695 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri – Sat)
OneKM Shopping Mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road #01-52 Singapore 437157 (Paya Lebar)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
The first Peanuts Comic Strip themed café in South East Asia, decorated with favourite Peanuts character sculptures (I like Linus, you?)
Their menu is quite expensive, includes All-Day Breakfast (prices between $6.80 – $12.80), Mains such as Charlie Brown Chicken Rice ($13.80, nothing Charlie Brown on it though), Pastas ($12.80 – $16.80), Pizzas and Desserts. T
The popular items include the Snoppy’s Lava Cake ($8.80) and American Cheese Cake ($7.80)
Good to know: Both Charlie Brown Cafés are Halal-certified, and there is no service charge.
Other Related Entries
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Miffy Café (Jalan Klapa)
Gudetama Café Singapore (Suntec City)
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Cartoon Network Café (Waterway Point)
Minions Café (Orchard Central)
* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape.
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