[Pop-Up Otaku Hot Spot] Kingdom Hearts Cafe at Square Enix Cafe Akihabara

Kingdom Hearts is one of the most beloved Japanese game series of all time, with fans of all ages spread around the world. With the storytelling masters behind Final Fantasy and Disney working together, it’s no wonder that Kingdom Hearts had captured, well, the hearts of so many people and held them for so long. And with the newest game release, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, has come the latest installment at the Square Enix Cafe in Akihabara - a Kingdom Hearts collaboration cafe!

That’s right, for the next two months you can enjoy an amazing menu of special foods and drinks inspired by characters from the entire Kingdom Hearts series, reliving the games through the music and decor, and grabbing some exclusive merchandise. Let’s have a look at what you can expect from the Kingdom Hearts Cafe (or take a virtual trip for those of you who can’t make it in person this time!).

Kingdom Hearts Cafe Info

Location Address
1-6-1 Akihabara, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0025

Nearest train line(s)
“Akihabara Station” - JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Chuo-Sobu Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Tsukuba Express

Cost of Admission Cost of food and drinks
Hours of Operation Time and days
Sunday-Saturday, October 31st - December 4th 2020

Official Website
https://www.jp.square-enix.com/cafe/tokyo/pc/collabo/index.php (Japanese only)

The Experience

The hardest part about going to the Kingdom Hearts Cafe is choosing what to order from the massive menu! Square Enix Cafe has gone all out with this theme, offering a huge variety of main dishes, desserts, and drinks inspired by the entire series.

There’s a main dish for all of the biggest characters, including Sora (tomato pasta with potato salad in the shape of Mickey and a keyblade decoration), Riku (a purple chicken burger with the Mickey potato salad and his keyblade), Kairi (cream stew with the rice in the shape of a papau fruit and her keyblade as a decoration) and more! We particularly liked Namine’s plate, which has a sandwich featuring one of her sketches of Roxas and his friends. Of course, for dessert there is sea salt ice cream that looks like it came straight out of the game - and comes with a side of hot milk to combat the winter cold!

Drinks include a few different kinds of sodas with screenshot cards attached to the straw, and a honey latte with artwork of Sora in the 100 Acre Woods on the mug (you can buy the mug too if you want!).

Each speciality drink and food from the Kingdom Hearts menu comes with a free random coaster. You don’t know which one you are getting until you flip it over after the server puts it fade down on the table, so it’s really fun to see which one you get. If you’re feeling brave, you can even try to trade coasters with other people in the cafe, which many cafe goers often do! It’s a good chance to practise Japanese if you want to and to make some friends. All of the main dishes also come with a free mini poster which will be given to you when you pay, and are based on which dishes you got.

Ordering food and drinks at the Kingdom Hearts Cafe is thankfully very simple, even if you don’t speak much Japanese. All orders are taken on a tablet left at each table, which has pictures of all the foods and drinks available. All you have to do is choose what you want from the picture menu, how many you want of that item, and then click to send the order. You don’t have to speak to the servers at all aside from a polite thank you as everything else is done with the tablet. It also keeps track of your bill so you can stick to - or totally blow - your budget. Don’t let a lack of Japanese keep you from enjoying the Kingdom Hearts Cafe!

Additional info

The Kingdom Hearts Cafe is hosted by the Square Enix Cafe. It’s recommended to make a reservation in advance if possible so you can avoid disappointment, and can be done through the cafe’s official website. Be sure to use a browser translator to help with the process if you don’t read Japanese. Your reservation will include your first drink (from the normal drink menu, not the speciality drinks) as well. If you are unable to make a reservation, you can check the Square Enix Cafe’s Twitter in the morning, where they always post which time slots still have seats available. If you’re quick, you can go to the cafe in person and make a reservation where there is space - or try your luck walking in, though we don’t recommend this in case you aren’t able to get a table!

Even if you can’t make it to the Kingdom Hearts Cafe itself, you can always stop by the shop inside the Square Enix Cafe even without a reservation. The shop has plenty of exclusive new Kingdom Hearts merchandise, along with some items from other big Square Enix titles like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and NieR. You can also pick up a case that you can put your free coaster inside to turn it in into a keychain - if you were lucky enough to get your favourite character, it’s a great way to make your souvenirs from the cafe even more special and take it with you everywhere!

Final Thoughts

Kingdom Hearts has been around for a long time now and luckily for its fans, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. While there may be a lot of times between games, loyalty and love remain strong. And sometimes fans are rewarded with special events like the Kingdom Hearts Cafe! It’s going to be running for almost two months, so hopefully you will be able to go if you’re in Japan (just don’t forget to make a reservation, especially with how popular Kingdom Hearts is!). And even if Japan is out of your reach right now, we hope you enjoyed reading about the Kingdom Hearts Cafe!

Are you planning to go to the Kingdom Hearts Cafe? What would you order if you could go? Which coaster would you have your fingers crossed for? Is there any merchandise you would love to have? Do you have questions about making a reservation? Drop us your comments and questions below!

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Author: Jet Nebula

Living the dream in Tokyo, where you can find me working at a theme café catered towards women. When I’m not writing for Honey’s, I’m working on original dystopian science fiction or blogging about Tokyo’s trendy coffee scene. I spend my free time in Harajuku and Shibuya wearing alternative Japanese street fashion. I love video games, J-rock, tattoos, and Star Wars.

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