Last month I visited the Moomin Bakery & Cafe in Tokyo! The Moomin family of characters are originally from Finland, and they’ve practically been adopted by Japan because they’re quaintly adorable fairy tale creatures.
There are two branches of the cafe within Tokyo (plus one in Fukuoka) and they’re all Moomin-centric with a themed menu and decorations.
Moomin is parked outside the cafe to welcome in guests(By the way, I went to the Tokyo Dome branch)
The interior space has a homely feel, kind of like being in the real Moominhouse in a dreamy valley. A while ago the Moomin cafe became popular as the anti-loneliness cafe; the staff brings you life-sized Moomin dolls to keep you company while you eat.
Even if you don’t have a lunch parter, no problem! In fact I think it might even be more fun to go on your own just to have some one-on-one time with the Moomins. Although the one in this picture is Stinky, a weirdly cute black hairball.
Here’s my lunch partnerI’d asked the staff if I could choose a character, and she kindly brought over Moominmamma (who was supposedly taking a break from running the cafe). The characters are rotated around the tables, so if you have a particular choice they’ll likely come to your table eventually.
Both solo and group diners get to enjoy the characters’ companyThat day I went with my mom and older brother.
Okay, so food
The lunch set includes all-you-can-eat bread, so you can help yourself at the side!
There was a big variety of different kinds of Finnish bread, and they’re all cut up in bite sizes so you won’t be full before even getting to the main meal
This is the chilled latte that comes with Moomin’s face on it! It was a Wednesday, which is the day when female diners get a special discount for drinks—although this was for my brother (the only coffee drinker at the table).
For my main dish I had the Moomin rice plate! (As broken down above) It was a pretty standard curry and rice, but there were pumpkin chunks and potatoes which made it so much better. Also, the soup was perfect to dip the bread in
This whole set (with the bread buffet and a free drink) cost ¥1,250, which was plenty worth it for the amount of food and general cuteness of eating a rice Moomin. I’ve experienced plenty times how detailed themed cafes in Japan are, and this one wasn’t an exception.
They have character-shaped pasta…
…and Moomin cutlery
Next to the cafe is the gift shop with lots of merchandise (you can buy the cutlery!) and the bakery, where there’s lots of fancy bread.
Little My bread with strawberry cream, and Moomin bread with custard cream.
Framboisier and chocolate bread, with the characters stencilled over the top.
And this was some soft cream bread with different flavours like cream cheese and chocolate!
There’re a lot of surprises at the Moomin Cafe & Bakery.