Top Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo for Ghibli Fans
Are you a Studio Ghibli fan? Maybe your favorite Ghibli movie is Totoro. Or Spirited Away? Mine is a tie between Princess Mononoke and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Princess Mononoke’s story is great, but I have a soft spot for black cats, so…
Anyway, if you love Ghibli films, you can find a bunch of Ghibli stuff in Japan. Today, I’ll focus some restaurants and cafes you can visit to eat some Ghibli themed food and drinks. Some of these are affiliated with Miyazaki and some are fan creations the same.
Just note that a majority of locations on this list do not have a Japanese menu. But, the staff there are probably just as much of a fan as you are and would be willing to gesture and try to translate the best they can. Don’t worry about the language barrier and just enjoy!
1. Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory
Who would’ve guessed that Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory was most famous for its cream puffs? If you’re headed out here, make sure you get one of their Totoro shaped cream puffs. Depending on the season, the Totoro desserts may have different flowers or hats on their heads representing different flavored filling. Not in the mood for adorable cream puffs? Try their cookies and cakes instead.
If Totoro isn’t your favorite, they also have Ponyo sweets. It’s a jelly and pudding parfait with a cute Ponyo looking up at you.
[Name] Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory
[Address] Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Daita 5-3-1
[Nearest Station] 5 minute walk from Shirota Station
2. Baby King Kitchen
Baby King Kitchen makes it clear that they are not affiliated with Studio Ghibli. They just make delicious dishes that you can find from the movies… That are served with Ghibli characters. Too cute!
They also have regular (but equally as cute) foods like cream sodas, pastas, and omurice. Almost everything has a smiley face drawn on it with chocolate or ketchup so everything is extra-adorable.
★ Grandma’s Baked Herring Pie - ¥ 1,800 (reservation required)
★ Black Cat Pancakes - ¥ 880
★ Fried Egg Toast from a Witch’s Bag - ¥ 650
★ Fish's Favorite Ham & Cheese Sandwich - ¥ 650
★ Demon Fire Bacon & Eggs - ¥ 2,280 yen
★ Thief's Meatball Spaghetti - ¥3,500 yen
★ Sweets house (made-to-order) - ¥ 3,500 yen (reservation required)
[Name] Baby King Kitchen
[Address] Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Koenjikita 3-2-15, Chinrai Building 2F
[Nearest Station] 7 minutes walk from JR Koenji Station
3. Straw Hat Cafe (Studio Ghibli Museum Cafe)
The Straw Hat Cafe is located on the property of the Studio Ghibli Museum. If you’re visiting the museum, make sure to make a stop at this cafe! But be careful because the lines can get long so you may have to wait a while.
The foods here are savory and sweet so there’s something for every taste and craving. You can try their sodas, sandwiches, omelettes, and desserts. Pretty much all Ghibli movies get love here in the form of little flags. If it’s worth the wait, I’ll leave that up to you…
[Name] Straw Hat Cafe
[Address] Tokyo, Mitaka City, 1-1-83 Simorenjaku
[Nearest Station] 20 minute walk from JR Mitaka Station, or 5 minute bus ride
Do you have any plans to visit these Ghibli themed cafes and restaurants? Or have you already been to one? Let me know your personal opinions or if you know any other stores that sell Ghibli foods in the comments below!