Stuffed Animals in 'Moomin Cafe' Never Let You Dine Alone

By: Megan Facciuolo - Published: Apr 22, 2014 • References: benelic and foodbeast
Japan-based Moomin Cafe seats dining patrons and large stuffed animals. If you don't like going out to a restaurant on your own, then this themed cafe can help you. To help overcome fears of loneliness in public or just promote a comical dining experience, the cafe places giant stuffed hippos across from its customers.

Upon ordering a meal, a server in the Moomin Cafe tells the diner that there is somebody who wants to sit next to them, if they don't mind. Then, depending on the diner's response, they bring over 'Snork Maiden' or 'Moomintroll,' who are friendly stuffed animals that resemble hippopotamuses. The characters are based off a Swedish-Finnish book and animated series called 'Moomin.' The decor, food and drinks are also inspired by the cartoon franchise.