It’s attached to a Pokémon shop and will feature decor, food, and drinks all based on the beloved franchise.
permanent pokemon cafe in shopping center in tokyo
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Early next year, Pokémon fans in Tokyo, Japan, can expect a permanent café themed around the popular franchise, which includes an anime series, video and card games.

Slated to open mid-March of 2018, the Pokémon café will be the first of its kind—a permanent place for fans to enjoy food and drinks cleverly referencing various elements of the Pokémon universe. While not much is known about what’s in store for those who plan to visit its location in Takashimaya Department Store Nihonbashi, it is reportedly connected to the Pokémon Center shop, Pokémon Center DX, which is also being built there.

pokemon cafe in tokyo
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While Pokémon’s pop-cultural relevance had somewhat died out in the U.S. before being revived through the release of the smartphone app Pokémon Go and games Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it’s maintained a steady dominance in Japan from stores to limited run pop-ups.

In fact, there have been several Pokémon-inspired cafés in recent years, including one in 2014, where visitors were given a hands-on look at the various Pokémon movies, life-size statues of characters like Ash, and a menu featuring Pikachu burgers, Pikachu curry rice and parfait, as well as a Pokeball made from framboise and a yogurt mousse. The 2015 pop-up focused on the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire releases, offering guests its own unique menu along with vibrant wall art featuring Pokémon characters, Pikachu drink coasters, and servers wearing Pikachu’s ears and tale.

The permanent café coming next year may not be as elaborate as past pop-ups, according to the mock-ups of the space that have been released. But we do know the attached store will feature plenty of memorabilia, as well the café, which should represent aspects, old and new, of the ever-expanding universe of catchable creatures. There’s plenty to anticipate about it, especially what creative items they’ll whip up for the menu.