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From 'One Piece' to Hello Kitty: These local cartoon-themed cafes are perfect for geeking out

By Rayven Daligcon Published Jun 20, 2023 11:00 am

Like most pop-culture things, animes and all other types of cartoons have become more than just entertainment for the young and young at heart.

Some would start acting and living like the shows' characters, while others would even collect thousands' worth of products and memorabilia in order to keep the memory and joy of watching the shows.

Now, cartoon fanatics like you no longer have to limit yourself to watching the shows or collecting merch. You can also taste and experience the feels and ambiance of these shows through these themed cafes and restaurants that are ready for your first visit.   

Laugh Tale Cafe 
Laugh Tale Cafe/Facebook

"Outta my way! I will become the Pirate King!"

Laugh Tale Cafe offers a selection of comfort foods like frappes, hot coffee, and cakes in an aesthetic space decorated in the style of the famed anime One Piece. It's the ideal place to pass the time while taking selfies against its eye-catching floor-to-ceiling graphics, toy displays, and statues of One Piece characters.

Address: Robinsons Bank, Marcos Polino Ave., San Pablo City, Laguna

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Y Cafe
Y Cafe/Facebook

From Voltes V to Naruto, Y Cafe will bring back memories of your childhood fantasies. The shelter for life-size figures and large-scale anime artwork is this anime-themed cafe in Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Everything you see in this cafe is a large chunk of a famous anime flavor. For the amusement of their patrons, they even installed a PlayStation and used comic strip decorations to cover the cafe's ceiling. You might want to browse the cafe's selection of miniature figurines that feature characters like Detective Conan, Kuroko's Basketball, Dragonball, etc.

All these plus a wide selection of American, Filipino, Mexican, and Italian dishes would make Y Cafe an ideal place to hang out for the anime buddies out there. Those who would like to unwind over live band performances can also check out the schedule on the bistro's Facebook page.

Address: Don Chua Lamko Bldg., 100 L.P. Leviste Cor. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Hello Kitty Café
Hello Kitty Cafe Philippines/Instagram

This Hello Kitty-themed cafe, located in Taguig City, will surely offer joy to the kawaii character's followers who grew up adoring the well-known cat. With pastel interior decor and furniture covered with Hello Kitty prints, the atmosphere inside the cafe can give you the impression that you're actually in Kitty's world. Additionally, the cafe would provide you with adorable, cartoon-style food presentations.

Address: Uptown Mall, 3rd floor, 36th St., Taguig, Metro Manila

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Alice Tea Salon
Alice Tea Salon/Facebook

Just when you thought Alice's Wonderland can only be found in her dreams, a cafe in Muntinlupa City shows you that you, too, can get the same whimsical experience as hers—but in real life. This café sells delicious pastries, cakes, tea lattes, frappes, and much more in addition to giving customers a feeling of exploring the quirky and colorful Underland of the famed Disney story.

Address: 3rd floor, Festival Mall Extension, Muntinlupa City

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.