Art meets cute at Koko Kawaii café

Behold! I am Picasso. Art that looks good enough to eat – because it is edible – courtesy of Sydney’s Koko Kawaii café. Sitting under a pink cherry blossom tree, we sip fairytale drinks scented with lychee and butterfly pea flowers, warming up with a homemade spiced apple tea. It’s like drinking Grandmother’s apple pie.

Koko Kawaii specialises in Taiyaki, a Japanese fish-shaped cake with a range of savoury or sweet fillings. We indulged in the gloriously oozy goo of Oreo & Chocolate Custard as well as a tasty Cheese Lovers fish. There are regular toasties too, including smashed avo or bacon and eggs if you’re stopping by for breakfast.

But the really unique feature is all the art experiences the café offers. You can paint a cookie (koala, kitty or penguin) – the danger here is becoming too attached to your artwork to eat it. Roll up the art trolley and draw, paint and collage to your heart’s content. Or go wild in the Splash Room, where armed with a jumpsuit and easel, you can splash, pour, flick and scatter pigment to create a messy masterpiece.

If you bring tweens to this pastel paradise – beware! It’s a treasure trove of cute stationery, stickers, badges and a design-your-own key-chain/bag-charm station. Cinnamoroll and his kawaii anime friends are coming for your purse-strings…

Koko Kawaii also does parties and soon plans to offer clay painting and cake decoration. We absolutely loved it and will definitely be visiting again to create more spectacular works of art.

Koko Kawaii café is located at 49 -53 Regent St, Chippendale NSW 2008. Opening hours are Mon-Wed 8am-4pm, Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5.30pm.

About the author

Lisa Creffield is a Sydney-based writer originally from the UK. Years of horrifying English school dinners sparked a desire to find something more delicious. Having also lived for six years in the Middle East, Lisa loves discovering new and exciting places and cuisines, from manti in Kazakhstan to sea urchin in Shanghai.


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