Food with a side of fun
From Hello Kitty to Superman, check out these themed cafes that dish out more than just food.
The Hello Kitty cafe in Singapore might have shut its doors, but fret not – her best friend and equally cute character My Melody has a cafe on her own! Decorated in their signature pink, the My Melody cafe is decked out with a garden themed interior with a menu designed by food stylist Shirley Wong (IG: @littlemissbento), who is known for her adorable Japanese bento lunchbox creations.
Signature dishes include the Princess Bunny ($18.90) – Japanese Curry Rice featuring pink-tinted My Melody shaped rice made with beetroot, crispy chicken karaage, creamy mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and carrots.
My Melody Cafe Singapore, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-361, Suntec City West Wing 038983
NEXT: DC Comics Superheroes Cafe →
The DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe is decorated with posters from the DC Comics series, a life-sized figure of Superman breaking through the wall, limited-edition merchandise and a life-sized replica of the Batmobile. There are four booths themed according to different superheroes: Supergirl, The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, with each booth showcasing original artwork by concept artist Stanley Lau.
On the menu are superhero-inspired creations, such as the new The Dark Knight Burger ($30.90, pictured), which is based on The Dark Knight movie. This signature dish comes with wagyu beef and portobello mushroom served in charcoal burger bun with the batman logo.
Prices for burgers and entrees range from about $20 to $40.
DC Comics Superheroes Cafe, #01-03/04/05 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
NEXT: Platform 1094 →
Calling all Potterheads! Colloquially known as the Harry Potter cafe, this wizardly themed cafe has been popular with fans since opening in 2016. Not only is the theme present in their food, but even in their wall decorations, light fixtures and furniture. Snap some pictures with wands and witches’ hats while you enjoy your meal at this cafe.
The menu includes a wide variety of dishes, from appetisers to main course meals, desserts and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Tip: Try their carrot and beetroot soup ($9), served in a black cauldron, or Mr. Lich’s Flaming Brew ($15) – a special (and secret) blue concoction of booze with (literal) flying sparks.
Also, check out Hagrid’s Afternoon Tea Set ($55) for two, which includes an assortment of savoury highlights such as canapés served using edible magical ladle to a colourful medley of sweet treats, chocolate frogs, and more!
Platform 1094, 1094 Serangoon Rd 328192
NEXT: Hungry Heroes →
Fans can satisfy their craving for all things pop culture at Hungry Heroes – think life-sized superhero statues and head busts of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man, more than 100 superhero and pop culture posters, a faux weapons showcase inspired by the movie Kick-Ass, and more.
The winning centerpiece in our books: the eye-catching DIY Superhero Chandelier hangs from the ceiling and is decorated with superhero action figures.
The restaurant serves American-style dishes, like the Bacon Karate Chop with Honey Thyme Gastrique ($20) and the Mother of all Chicken Burgers ($32). Prices for the main courses are from $19 to $30.
Hungry Heroes, 33 Tessensohn Rd 217656
NEXT: Wonderland Savour →
Drawing from the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie, this themed cafe has gigantic framed prints of characters The Red Queen, The White Rabbit and Tweddledee and Tweddledum. But look closer and you’ll notice details such as a checkered floor in reference to the chessboard in “Through the Looking Glass”, metallic gold and turquoise panels and a dazzling chandelier tree.
A worthy complement of the Mad Hatter’s tea party comes in the form of the multiple coloured macarons in the front counter display of the restaurant, with other sweet treats such as meringue tarts and unicorn cupcakes.
Tumble down the rabbit hole and explore this fantasy world!
Wonderland Savour, 435 Orchard Road, #02-08 Wisma Atria 238877
NEXT: Central Perk Singapore →
One of TV’s most iconic coffee shop is finally in Singapore! Whether you identify with Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica, Rachel or Phoebe, enjoy a cuppa or two on multiple sets modelled after the cafe in the sitcom. Not only that, this cafe serves up dishes named after each character, with references to particular quotes and moments from the show’s ten-year history that only a true Friends fan will know!
Central Perk Singapore, 1 Magazine Rd #01-01 059567
NEXT: Gudetama Cafe →
Giant egg-shaped booths, animated walls, and more create a playground-like space in this cafe.
What’s the deal? The grumpiness of this lazy-looking egg character – “Gudetama” literally translates to “lazy egg” – is so endearing, perhaps because it’s something we resonate all too well with. Do we really have to wake up?
For a hearty breakfast at the Gudetama Cafe, yes. Think dishes cheekily named Rib-“I” Don’t Care, and drinks like Straw-very Lazy.
Main courses begin from $18, while side dishes start from $12.50.
Gudetama Cafe, #01-361 to 364 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard 038983
NEXT: Charlie Brown Cafe →
Charlie Brown Cafe is South-east Asia’s first Peanuts comic strip themed-cafe. The cafe stays true to its theme not only in terms of decor, but also the Charlie Brown comics available for browsing.
Some signature dishes include the Honey Grilled Chicken ($14) and the Beef Risotto ($14). And for dessert, the chocolate and matcha lava cakes ($7) which come decorated with a drawing of Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle.
Charlie Brown Cafe, #04-01 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Rd 239695
By Jessie Lim, The Straits Times, additional reporting by Pinky Chng, May 2017 / Updated August 2019
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