Stranger Things Cafe: Get your Hawkins fix from this Stranger Things-themed café in Japan

The Duffer brothers’ global sensation, Strangers Things, has dominated pop-culture conversations for the past few months because the end of its fourth season, reportedly its penultimate one.

While fans wait for the fifth and final season of the hit show, they’ll make a visit to a brand new Strangers Things themed café in Japan’s Shibuya district.

Created in partnership with restaurant chain Pronto Corp, the Stranger Things themed eatery is designed in tandem with the show, with the ice cream shop Steve Harrington works at converted right into a prop, as within the creepy Upside Down, where Will was lost within the very first season and where Vecna is beaten in Season 4.

The café goes all out with the theme, with the 80s themed soundtrack a relentless presence with hits like Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ playing amongst other tracks.

While the décor and atmosphere are all eerily just like the Netflix show, the similarities don’t end there. The establishment has ensured that customers’ suspension of disbelief will remain intact by making its food also match the theme. Menu items include a reproduction of the monster’s head from the the other way up in addition to the waffles Eleven likes.

To cut back the danger spreading COVID-19, now battering Japan in record infections, the café requires visitors to make a reservation and only about 20 are allowed inside every hour.

“Daily at midnight, I even have been attempting to book a table on my phone,” 29-year-old mother Kimiko Nakae told Reuters.

“Finally there’s a gap today because someone had cancelled the reservation,” Nakae adds.

Tokyo has an extended tradition of themed restaurants and cafes, featuring all the pieces from ninja waiters and exotic animals to vampire-inspired cuisine and the Hawkins theme restaurant is one other addition to the pantheon.

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