11 Places That Every Hello Kitty Fan Needs to Visit
11 Places That Every Hello Kitty Fan Needs to Visit
At these hotels, planes, restaurants, and shops, you can get everything from Hello Kitty-shaped dim sum to collectors’ items.Information provided by EVA Air & Travel+Leisure
Forty-two years ago, the Japanese company Sanrio introduced the world to an icon of cute: a young girl with big eyes and white skin, who lives in London with her parents and her twin sister, Mimmy. Hello Kitty became a global star, selling more than $8 billion dollars of products. And the outpouring of love for this cartoon character goes beyond mere merchandise. In addition to the 2014 Hello Kitty convention, there have been numerous travel partnership around the world — from hotel suites and theme parks to food — for fans to fully immerse themselves in the world of Hello Kitty.
Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour by Shangri-La – Johor, Malaysia
In January, Shangri-La opened a sleekly modern hotel with a stunning elevated infinity pool in the popular Malaysian vacation destination of Johor. The hotel has 12 Hello Kitty-themed suites, where everything from the wallpaper to the bedding to smaller details like amenity kits fall under one of three concepts. The blue, nautical rooms are dedicated to the swashbuckling Sailor character (Hello Kitty in a Sailor costume); the pink rooms are sweetly charming, and the Oz rooms have Hello Kitty dressed up as the Great Wizard of Oz.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town - Puteri Harbour, Malaysia
The Hello Kitty Town at Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park (which has partnered with the Hotel Jen Puteri), is the first Hello Kitty-themed park outside of Japan. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town allows visitors to experience 11 different parts of Hello Kitty’s life, from dining at Cinnamoroll Cafe and parties hosted by the Strawberry King to rides and shows. Start the day at the Cinnamoroll Café, where Hello Kitty snacks are served on themed dishes, cups, and silverware. (Don’t be tempted to steal the wares, because everything’s available at the souvenir shop.) The highlight of any visit is live performances at the “Purrfect” stage
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine – Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opened in June 2015, Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine is decorated in the lucky Chinese colors of red and gold. The restaurant incorporates traditional Chinese architecture such as lattice windows, with an explosion of Hello Kitty details. You’ll see the cartoon character on the chopsticks, plates, bowls, spoons, teapots, ceiling lanterns, wall décor, chairs, and dining tables. More than half of the dishes are inspired by Hello Kitty, including the custard bun and shrimp dumplings.
Eva Air Hello Kitty Airplane – Taiwan
Taiwanese carrier Eva Air’s Hello Kitty 777-300ER is available on the new route between Houston and Taipei, as well as short-haul flights out of Taiwan. Onboard, the interiors are full of cartoon-inspired details: the pillows, headrests, soap, lotion, silverware, and even the Safety Instructions are themed. Meals come packaged in Hello Kitty boxes, and look before you eat — you may even spot a bow-shaped butter with your meal.
Sanrio Puroland – Tokyo, Japan
Visitors to Tokyo can visit Sanrio Puroland, the pinnacle of all things Hello Kitty. Inside, Sanrio favorites including Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, and Badtz-Maru meet and greet visitors daily. Start the visit with a relaxing Sanrio Character boat ride or take a break in the Character Food Court with Hello Kitty packaged food. Then watch the Miracle Gift Parade, with dance numbers by Hello Kitty and her boyfriend, Dear Daniel. Attractions also include full-scale musicals and audience participation shows, restaurants, and of course, gift shops. Puroland has celebrity fans as well: Katy Perry visited recently and gushed about it on social media.
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – U.S.
In October 2014, to celebrate 40 years of Hello Kitty, Sanrio launched its first food venture in North America with the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. Since then, the truck has traveled throughout the United States serving delicious baked goods to thousands of fans. The macarons, cookies, mini cakes, and doughnuts all come with Hello Kitty’s signature details. Even the disposable water bottles are bow shaped. The Hello Kitty truck is in such high demand that in 2017, Sanrio added a second — one for the West Coast and one for the East. Look for upcoming locations on its Instagram account.
Hello Kitty Secret Garden – 19 Ormsby St, Tai Hang Street, Hong Kong
Located on Hong Kong island, the country-garden-themed café serves an adorable afternoon tea. While there are no characters walking around, the Hello Kitty-inspired menu ranges from cookies, cakes, and macarons, to heartier fare like pizza, burgers, and all-day breakfast.
Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container – Irvine, California
Due to high demand of the food truck, Sanrio opened a pop-up café in Irvine, California, which has remained open ever since. Visitors can order a variety of desserts such as macarons or cookies (with a pink icing bow) in the shape of Hello Kitty’s face. The disposable water bottles in the shape of Hello Kitty’s bowtie is an adorable souvenir.
Hello Kitty Beauty Spa - Middle East
With multiple locations throughout the Middle East in Dubai, the UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain, Hello Kitty beauty fanatics can get pampered at the Hello Kitty Beauty Spa. Unlike other Middle Eastern spas with a separate hamman, the Hello Kitty Beauty Spa is more American, with treatments for nail and hair, as well as makeup application, facials, and massages. The hardest part: picking what type of Hello Kitty nail art you want.
The Hello Kitty Shop at Universal Studios Florida – Orlando
Most people head to Orlando‘s Universal Studios for Harry Potter World, but don’t skip the small Hello Kitty shop. It’s the first Hello Kitty retail store in a theme park in North America, with most of the products exclusive to the park. Signature items include a movie mash-up collection with Hello Kitty in iconic scenes from some of Universal Studio’s best films, including Jaws, Back to the Future, and E.T. Other fun merchandise ranges from stationery and home goods to sportswear, with new designs and products released regularly.
Yata’s Hello Kitty Pop-up Supermarket – Hong Kong
In department store chain Yata’s location on Hong Kong’s Sai Wan Island, fans will be able to shop at a Hello Kitty pop-up supermarket. From February 12 to May 31, this is a can’t-miss, fully immersive shopping experience. Walk through the doors and retrieve a Hello Kitty shopping cart before shopping for all sorts of Hello Kitty-themed groceries under one roof. Sushi, egg rolls, salad, apples, Hello Kitty-shaped pasta and even soy sauce are available – and all purchase come in a Hello Kitty shopping bag.