Home >> Metro Shanghai

Cartoon cafés

By Wang Siqi Source:Global Times Published: 2013-8-19 17:53:01

Walking into a shop or restaurant that leads to a cartoon world is no longer a dream for comic fans. More and more special shops and restaurants decorated with popular cartoon figures and images are springing up in Shanghai.

Jeff's Restaurant is filled with posters, toys and images from One Piece. Photo: Cai Xianmin/GT

Jeff's Restaurant is filled with posters, toys and images from One Piece. Photo: Cai Xianmin/GT



 

Jeff's Restaurant

Near Hongqiao Road station on metro Line 3 and 4, Jeff's Restaurant is so inconspicuous that you may pass by the door without even noticing it. However, since opening a year ago, the small restaurant has become a rendezvous location for Japanese manga fans, especially those obsessed with One Piece.

One of the most popular comics and animations in Japan, One Piece has been serialized for 16 years. Following a group of friends pursuing their dreams, One Piece pays tribute to dreams, courage and friendship.

Jeff's Restaurant's Taiwanese manager Chu Yu-cheng told the Global Times that it was because he loved the series so much that he decided to use it as his restaurant's theme. "In Taiwan, there are many interesting shops and restaurants with various themes, while in Shanghai few can be found, so I decided to open a comics-themed restaurant of my own," he said.

Posters, toys and images of One Piece fill the small restaurant. Much of the One Piece merchandise is part of Chu's private collection, and some are gifts from patrons. "Customers often chat with us, and some even told me that they have followed the story for 10 years," Chu told the Global Times.

The modestly priced Taiwanese-style café food on offer includes noodles, sandwiches and hamburgers, ranging from 5 yuan ($0.82) to 22 yuan.

Jeff's Restaurant is not only a place for enjoying a bite to eat, but also a small kingdom for cartoon fans to share their own stories.

Address: 1456 Kaixuan Road

Tel: 156-1890-5857

Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images at the Rilakkuma Bakery. Photos: Courtesy of the bakery

Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images at the Rilakkuma Bakery. Photos: Courtesy of the bakery



 

Rilakkuma Bakery

Named after the English word "relax" and the Japanese word for bear, "kuma," Rilakkuma debuted in 2003 and is now one of Japan's most popular cartoon characters among younger generations because of his cute appearance. Hidden on the seventh floor of Haishangjiezuo Business Building, a Rilakkuma-themed bakery is a hit with young people who want to try their hand at baking. Here the customers can make their own cookies, puffs, and cakes.

"I set up the bakery just for fun," manager Jin Xiaobing told the Global Times. He started the bakery three years ago to offer patrons the chance to make their own desserts. About one and half years ago, he decided to use Rilakkuma as the theme. "He is cute and popular with teens and people in their 20s," Jin explained.

Rilakkuma toys and decorations adorn the room. Even the curtains are tied using Rilakkuma toys. Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images. "The price for making your own cookies is reasonable," Jin said. "You can make around 250 grams of cookies at a time for about 129 yuan." According to Jin, customers can choose from a range of cookie flavors including ice cream and chocolate. The butter cookie is one of customers' favorites.

Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images at the Rilakkuma Bakery. Photos: Courtesy of the bakery

Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images at the Rilakkuma Bakery. Photos: Courtesy of the bakery



 

How long does it take to make a box of cookies? Jin said it varies. "Sometimes young people enjoy talking while making cookies and they may spend a whole afternoon here." If the customers are inexperienced bakers, a pastry chef will lend a hand.

Besides cakes and biscuits, you can also make mooncakes in Rilakkuma Bakery. "Given that mooncakes are more complicated than other items to make, the price will be higher," Jin explained. 

Address: 7/F, Building 1, Lane 578 Yingkou Road

Tel: 139-1780-4720

Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images at the Rilakkuma Bakery. Photos: Courtesy of the bakery

Biscuits and cakes are decorated with cartoon images at the Rilakkuma Bakery. Photos: Courtesy of the bakery



 

Charlie Brown Café

It has been over 60 years since Charlie Brown first appeared in a comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. Since then, the beloved protagonist of Peanuts and his dog Snoopy have traveled all over the world. Particularly popular in Asia, there are now Charlie Brown-themed cafés all over the continent.

Decorated with classic cartoon images from Peanuts, the Charlie Brown Café in Xuhui distric is the perfect place to reminisce about your childhood. A statue of Charlie Brown greets patrons as they enter. Inside the café, you will find Snoopy and Charlie everywhere from cups painted with their faces to desks engraved with Charlie Brown's logo and cakes shaped as heads of the cartoon figures. Even the coffees are decorated with Snoopy's likeness. Besides drinks (15 to 38 yuan) and desserts (24 to 29 yuan), Charlie Brown Café also offers salad, rice and noodles (20 to 38 yuan).

Address: Unit 6-101-1, 599 Dong'an Road

Posted in: Metro Shanghai