The whole world is crazy over the cat without mouth: Hello Kitty, the cat with the highest commercial value. Said to be born in London on November 01 1974, she is as tall as five apples, and weighs as much as three apples. And because she is portrayed as such a bright and kind-hearted girl who is always surrounded by many friends, Hello Kitty is a world phenomenon today.
Anything that has Hello Kitty stamped on it becomes a collectible, anywhere with Hello Kitty attracts great crowds. And this includes the ever popular Hello Kitty Sweets at Taipei – visited by endless crowds everyday from all over the globe.
With its signature pink decor, the cosy little cafe can be spotted from afar. Upon stepping it, we felt like we entered another world – a world so fascinating and unbelievably gorgeous. The cafe was lined with pink and white furniture, the scent of the sweet desserts filled the air, soft piano pieces looping in the background, and all the waitresses were exceptionally cutesy with their frilly French-maid inspired uniforms.
We were ushered to a booth seat, and given a menu full of Hello Kitty-themed desserts. It was surely no mean feat to decide on our orders, because everything looked so pretty and tantalizing! We finally settled on ordering based on what would look best in pictures.
Prior to our visit, we heard from many friends that the desserts were awful. But much to our surprise, they were anything but awful. If any, some were beyond decent!
Our favorite had to be the Chocolate Mousse Cake with Strawberry Choco Balls, and the Layered Fruit Cake. The former was rich, but not overly sweet; the latter was a simple vanilla chiffon cake with fresh fruits generously stuffed in between the layers. The desserts are priced between NT$300-360 (S$12.50-15), and each set comes with a drink.
And with every order, you get a complimentary custard pudding – in the shape of Hello Kitty’s head, of course!
It was lovely to just sit there and chat the afternoon away, and to enjoy the thematic atmosphere together with all the fans who were crazily snapping photos all over the cafe.
Hello Kitty, oh Hello Kitty. How you make every girl go weak in the knees! I promise I will come back to try more desserts the next time I am at Taipei.
Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe
No 90, Section 1 Daan Road
Daan District, Taipei
Tel: +886 2 2711 1132
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Zhongxiao Fuxing
Words by Melody Yap, photographs by ladyironchef