‘Shirokuma Cafe’ is a really sweet anime & manga series about a polar bear that runs a cafe. The series details his everyday life and those of the other animals around him including a sassy penguin and a clumsy grizzly bear. Since my hotel is in Takadanobaba, I had no excuse not to check out the ACTUAL Shirokuma Cafe. The cafe is about a 5 minute walk from Takadanobaba station. Takadanobaba is about 2 stops away from Shinjuku. The cafe opens every day at 10am, however the food menu only starts at 11am. If you come earlier you can only order drinks and desserts.
I visited the cafe at about 11am on Tuesday morning and there was only one other patron. The cafe played the anime on a loop on their tv screens as well as songs from the anime through the speakers. Once you enter you go straight to the counter to have a look at the menu and order. I ended up ordering a Shirokuma drink (coke mixed with lemon) and the Shirokuma Sandwich (Katsu with curry and wedges). For every item you order you get to roll a die to get a cute special Shriokuma coaster. The food comes out incredibly quickly and you can tuck in!
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For me, the food was alright. It was nothing incredible and its real take away was the Shirokuma theme. While the cafe has a great atmosphere and the staff are very friendly, you shouldn’t run to visit. If you are a fan of the anime/ manga or you’re staying around Takadanobaba it is a fun experience. But if not, you can give this one a miss 🙂