Shirokuma Cafe IRL, with the cutest character-themed food
A couple of train stops away from Ikebukuro sits the Shirokuma Cafe Takadanobaba. Takdanobaba is the stop you’ll be getting off at on the JR Yamanote Line. And Shirokuma Cafe — you know the anime? Yeah. They reincarnated the characters as two massive plushies who sit at a table, wondering what all these tourists are doing here. And they are just so squishy and photogenic. The perfect anime-lover’s cafe.
What’s fun about this place is that the food itself is just so adorable! Almost their entire menu has an animal involved. I got a little excited and ordered two panda items. They give you a drink coaster per item you order, so I got two.
Items range from the 500-800 yen (about $5-8 USD) for drinks and in the 800-1300 yen (about $8-13 USD) for food. They also have a special menu that changes every month or so.
The interior is full of cuteness as well, but otherwise a pretty normal cafe. They have an overall very woody, homey atmosphere. Do try their bathrooms. You’ll find the characters in there too!
Oh, and they have a kids’ play area! If you’re coming with little ones, they’ll be sure to have a great time. Order the kid’s menu and you can feed them here too.
Enjoy, take lots of selfies, and tune into the Shirokuma Cafe music playing throughout the store!