DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, Kuala Lumpur
Treat your little ones to a meal at this venue, which is inspired by Batman, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, and a slew of other Justice League superheroes (and villains).
Located at the Pavilion shopping mall, the cafe is right on the money when it comes to the furniture and decor. The artwork, tableware, glasses, tables and chairs are all designed to fit the theme, and even the menus look like comics.
The cafe offers plenty of fast food-style options, like hot dogs, burgers with fries, pizza and fried chicken. There are also pasta and rice dishes and breakfast items. If your child doesn’t have a superhero-sized appetite, he can always order something from the kids’ menu.
Keen on dessert? Choose from pancakes, cakes, and waffles or crepes with ice-cream.
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Alice Is Coming, Taipei
This charming little cafe in Taiwan is based on the classic fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland. When you first enter, you have to make your way down a “rabbit hole”.
As you descend the steps, you’ll hear songs from the Alice in Wonderland movie soundtrack playing from the speakers.
Inside, you’ll notice decorative elements, like playing cards, character-themed artwork, and oversized teacups and cutlery, that will make you feel like you’re part of the book.
Choose from booth or table seating; if you prefer, you can even sit in the oversized teacup that sits prominently in the centre of the cafe.
The menu is made up of standard cafe fare: omelets, chicken nuggets, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, cupcakes and French toast.
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9¾ Cafe, Hong Kong
Make your way to this cafe in Mong Kok for all things Harry Potter.
Named after the hidden Hogwarts Express train platform from the books, the eatery is decked out to look completely magical, even ghoulish, with portraits of witches and wizards, strategically placed stuffed owls and skulls, wall-mounted brooms and wands, towering bookshelves with ladders, and hanging electric candles. You may feel as if you’re in a haunted mansion.
Some menu items are Harry Potter-themed. For something light, order Aragog’s Salad, named after the massive spider from the book and loaded with prawns and veggies.
The cafe also serves fried snacks, such as onion rings and fries topped with ham and cheese. For a heartier meal, try the pasta or risotto, or the Hogwart’s Feast, an all-day-breakfast item with bacon and eggs.
Of course, to wash all that food down, you can choose from a variety of beverages, like Harry Potter’s favourite Butterbeer (butterscotch-flavored soda topped with whipped cream) and Veritaserum, a neon-green concoction of apple soda and yogurt, served in a light-bulb “glass”.
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Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe, Tokyo
Young fans of author Beatrix Potter’s rebellious rabbit will adore this character-themed dining venue.
Designed to resemble a quaint cottage, complete with a garden, the interior transports you to the English countryside. Paintings and drawings of Peter Rabbit and his friends adorn the walls, and you’ll also notice cabinets full of memorabilia from the classic children’s tale, including plush toys, cups and stationery.
Most of the dishes are named after characters from the book: There’s Benjamin Bunny’s Wool Hat (baked rice with veggies and a burger patty, topped with cheese); Tom’s Milky French Toast; Peter Rabbit’s Scone with Milky Cream and Jam; and Ribby’s Cottage Pie.
The menu also features desserts, spaghetti with sauce, beef stew, and the very fitting “British” omurice (Japanese omelet rice) with roast beef.
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Mermaid Castle Cafe, Bangkok
This cafe will bring your children’s underwater dreams to life. For starters, the four-storey building in which it’s located is dedicated to mermaid-themed products.
Browse the first three floors for swimsuits, sleepwear and accessories – coral and seashell “crown”, anyone? – before heading to the top floor, where the small cafe is.
Here, you’ll find mermaid murals on the pink and purple walls and even more mermaid paraphernalia. Don’t forget to slip on your mermaid’s tail (provided by the cafe) before taking your seat.
The cafe serves mostly sweets. Check out the glass cases filled with colourful cakes and a dish called the Mermaid’s Shell, made from two thick cookies sandwiched together with cream to resemble a clamshell. The menu has waffles, shake-like drinks and hot drinks, as well.
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