In an early article, I introduced Koupen-chan the positive penguin. Just as in the last few years, a limited Koupen-chan theme Café started in February in Tokyo and Osaka. It is available from February 25 to April 11, 2021. I went to check out the Tokyo Café on the first weekend. The Tokyo Cafe is situated in the Solamachi, the shopping center surrounding Tokyo Sky Tree close to the Kirby theme café that is permanent.
To visit the café, a reservation is recommended as it is very popular. Reservations can be made on the official website for 80 minutes time slots. Compared to other theme cafés the reservations were fairly cheap at 550 Yen and as a bonus for reserving you get a random acrylic stand.
This year the theme is “magic that makes you happy” and the main visuals you can see Koupen-chan dressed up as a magician or holding a magic wand.
Cute Penguin Dishes and Desserts
On the menu, you can find three main dishes, three desserts, two side dishes, and several hot and cold drink options. All are designed very cutely. You can only order once when entering the Café so you have to make a wise decision on what to order. However, the tables are quite small so you might not want to order too much.
I tried the curry and the salad for the main dish. The curry tasted as you would expect but the rice was a little dry which is probably due to the fact that they prepare it in advance so they can serve quickly. The salad also was pretty standard.
As for desserts and drinks, I chose the steamed bun and the magic soda in pink. The steamed bun was filled with azuki bean paste and tasted similar to the ones you can get in convenience stores. The soda is sharing the problem that all Starbucks drinks have. It tastes good until you have topping left, but then it is pretty much tasteless.
If you couldn’t get a reservation or you just happen to be in the area, the Koupen-chan steamed bun is also available for take-out.
Cute Interior with Original Drawings
The interior of the café is decorated with original drawings of the designer and huge Koupen-chan wall stickers.
The tables are arranged so that they can accommodate two persons per table. If you visit the café alone, you can rent a Koupen-chan plushy for free to sit on the empty chair across you which I found a nice detail.
The café has the usual infection prevention measures in place. All tables are equipped with plastic sheets and you have to disinfect your hands before entering. Furthermore, goods shopping is limited to a small number of persons at a time to avoid crowds. For the café new goods like acrylic badges, stickers, clear files, and pens were designed. All come in the same theme and show Koupen-chan dressed up as a magician or holding a wand. As you can only shop once you might want to check the goods in advance so you can make a list of what you want.
I can recommend the Café to fans of the small penguin. As always with theme cafes don’t expect too much of the food, prepare for slightly higher prices, and make sure to bring your camera so you can post your meal on Instagram.
The café is only open until April but considering how popular the small penguin became recently chances are that it might be extended or even become a permanent café.