McDonalds has been creating the Hello Kitty plush toy craze for many years. On 12 May this year, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 welcomes the world’s first 24 hours Hello Kitty cafe. Besides serving the crowd all-around-the-clock, this Japanese iconic feline will also be the first in the globe to open in an airport. Want to know more? Let me bring you into this cafe.
Stepping into the Hello Kitty cafe, the first thing you will realised is the lush greeneries interior design. Since Singapore is also known as a Garden City around the world, this is the reason why this cafe is decorated this way. On a closer look, you will also realised that there are many orchids surfaced everywhere. Orchids are used because it is the national flower of Singapore.
Exclusive to Singapore, there is a merchandise corner for Hello Kitty diners to grab some mementos. From grow-it-yourself plants to Kitty’s tea bags, tourist can buy some souvenirs back before they fly back to their country. Limited edition collectables are what people love. Therefore, there is a 500 only limited edition Hello Kitty plush toy sold in this cafe. Priced at $49.90 each, one customer is only allowed to purchase a maximum of two plush toys.
From tables to plates, there are Hello Kitty designs everywhere. There is also a small porch where diners can get cosy outside the cafe. Don’t worry about the sun, rain or haze because this is an indoor porch.
Right inside the Hello Kitty cafe, the F&B Management company (ABR Holdings Ltd) is thoughtful enough to bring in two 3D life sized Hello Kitty figurines. One is located at the rear and another is located near to the payment counter. To make this cafe unique, the Hello Kitty is designed to wore not one, but two ribbons on it’s head. Now, everyone can have a photo moment with Kitty.
The Hello Kitty menu is designed to have international food choices with a little touch of local ingredients. For example, the Cowabunga! Waygu! ($24) uses Rendang gravy to give that Asian delight taste. You can also find gula melaka in a dessert called Hide & Seek ($16.90), which is the silky panna cotta infused with fragrant pandan. In general, the Hello Kitty mains, sides and desserts are priced from $15 to $25. To keep things fresh for the customers, the company has planned to change the food menu on a monthly basis with creative cuisines. Naming it the Kitty coolers, I had the Cumbernade ($7.90) and Kitty Blush ($7.90). Both are sparkling and refreshing drinks.
The Hello Kitty cafe in Changi Airport Terminal 3 offers a unique dining experience for their customers. Besides locals, tourists can also enjoy their time in this cafe before flying off. If you are a Kitty fan, you will definitely love the cuteness and feminine side of this place. Despite I am having just their samplers, the food served are average and I find them overpriced. If the cafe can served food with cheaper options, say $8, it might attract some crowd to visit the cafe.
Address of my visit
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Opens 24 hours daily