‘Stranger Things’ cafe opens in Tokyo

Japanese fans of the sci-fi hit “Stranger Things” can chow down on demonic pasta and rock out to retro Eighties tunes at a pop-up cafe inspired by the Netflix horror drama.

The shop, a partnership with local restaurant chain Pronto Corp, recently prolonged its run within the fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo several months amid overwhelming demand. “Stranger Things” has remained considered one of the streamer’s top 10 shows in Japan because the release of its fourth season in May.

The inside has replicas of outlets and sets from the show, set in fictional U.S. town of Hawkins, Indiana, together with its dark-mirror underworld that the preteen protagonists call the “Upside Down.”

Identical to the children of Hawkins, you possibly can ride your bike.


Patrons can take pictures next to the drama’s signature Demogorgon monster while songs from the show, equivalent to Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” play within the background.

Diners can nosh on food inspired by the show, equivalent to squid-ink pasta arranged just like the monster’s head or the waffles craved by the psychically powered star character Eleven.

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

“Every single day at midnight, I actually have been attempting to book a table on my phone,” said 29-year-old mother Kimiko Nakae. “Finally there’s a gap today because someone had canceled the reservation.”

In the corner, spot the famous alphabet string lights from the show.

Within the corner, spot the famous alphabet string lights from the show.


Tokyo has an extended tradition of themed restaurants and cafes, featuring every part from ninja waiters and exotic animals to vampire-inspired cuisine.

But like many tourist-oriented businesses, the sector has been hard hit by the pandemic. The Lockup, a series of haunted prison eateries, ended a 23-year run when its final location closed last month, joining the fate of the famous Robot Restaurant, a gaudy music and dance spectacle within the red-light district of Kabukicho that closed in March 2020.

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