The United States had a taste of Hello Kitty mania last weekend when the first ever Hello Kitty Cafe opened its doors in Southern California.
The cafe, which is located close to to the Ferris Wheel at Irvine Spectrum outdoor shopping centre, opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday afternoon. The pop-up cafe, the first of its kind in the United States, attracted hundreds of hardcore Hello Kitty fans over the weekend who travelled to the cafe to taste its feline-themed delights.
Hello #Portland! The #HelloKittyCafe truck will be at @bridgeportvillage on Saturday 5/7 from 10am-8pm! Come say hello to us by Lululemon and treat yourself to these supercute and yummy macarons and minicakes!
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Serving up colourful macarons, pink ribbon-shaped biscuits and an assortment of other cute Hello Kitty-themed treats, the cafe proved so popular that there were queues of up to 3 hours and the cafe ended up closing early.
Celebrate your special day with a @hellokittycafe Birthday Cake! It’s super yummy and perfect for any sweet occasion. Stop by the #HelloKittyCafe Pop-Up Container at @irvinespectrumcenter starting this weekend to pick one up. By the way, our Grand Opening is this Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th! There will be daily giveaways while supplies last, so come join the fun!
The cafe is housed in a pink, portable shipping container which opens up to reveal a counter and outdoor patio. Apart from colourful desserts and drinks, it also sells Hello Kitty merchandise such as bags and teddy bears.
It is expected to remain at its current location for at least a year, according to cafe creator Sanrio. While this is the first exclusively Hello Kitty-themed cafe in the United States, there is a Sanrio cafe located in Hawaii that has many Hello Kitty-themed treats and merchandise available for purchase.