Love Live! & Sanrio Open Collaborative Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka

12.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Multimedia project Love Live!―which has spawned an anime series, manga, game, movie and more―is teaming up with Sanrio to open themed cafes in Tokyo and Osaka on August 16 and September 27 respectively.

The cafe will see 20 characters from the Love Live! series music groups μ’s, Aqours and Saint Snow and 20 characters from the Sanrio cast come together at the cafe, with decorations, themed food, and merchandise.

 

The menu features a bounty of flavourful food and drink which incorporates popular flavours, luscious taste, and hearty servings. Menu item names below are translated from Japanese.

An Unlucky Combination Food Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

An interesting assortment of a mini omurice, soy sauce ramen, and a fresh tomato caprese salad. It also comes with the pictured postcard which features a blackboard design.

Deliciousness Ensemble! Invigorating Dessert Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

This dessert set is one fit for the gods, adorned with an apple topped castella, mini pancake laced with salted caramel ice cream, an tea-flavoured jelly. This also comes with the pictured postcard featuring different characters.

If you decide to buy a drink at the cafe you’ll be treated to one of the three coasters chosen randomly. They are topped with fine fruits. There are many more menu items in addition to these, so be sure to check the official website to see the full listing.


Fans of both franchises can pick up plenty of exclusive merchandise too, featuring the characters from Love Live! dressed like the Sanrio cast. There are bonus items for customers who book a table in advance too. Don’t miss this first ever collaboration between Love Live! and Sanrio♡

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    Main Visual

     

    Bonus Items

     

    RETRO AMERICAN DINER MENU

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    LEFT’S CAFE LATTE ¥899 / YOUNG DETECTIVE SHAKE ¥1,099 / RAN’S BERRY JELLY SODA ¥999 (All Prices Before Tax)

     

    LIMITED EVENT MENU

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    The Menu

    ©Modomu Akagawara/Hakusensha

    ©Modomu Akagawara/Hakusensha

     

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    ©Modomu Akagawara/Hakusensha

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