Kawaii Kitty Cafe – Exploring Philadelphia’s Cutest Spot

While planning a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia, for some reason (heavy sarcasm here!) I typed in “Kawaii Philadelphia”, expecting nothing to come up. Lo and behold, the Kawaii Kitty Cafe appears. What a pleasant surprise.

After a 6 hour or so car ride, we arrived in Philadelphia at our Airbnb. We got settled and freshened up, and scheduled a Lyft to come pick us up.

Queue the anxiety.

I have never been in a Lyft or Uber or similar ride sharing sort of deal, so trying this out was on the nerve wracking side. After all, I was about to climb in a complete strangers car and let him or her drive us to wherever she saw fit as dictated by us.

Our Lyft arrived and luckily she was a super kind and nice lady, who drove aggressively as is needed in the city. A 20 minute ride in the car and we had arrived at the cafe!

For whatever reason, it took us a little bit of time to locate the cafe, probably because both of us were not used to or had any sort of bearing on where we were in the city. This was my first time in Philadelphia, so I had absolutely no idea.

Once we arrived, we walked back to the cafe to check in and order our drinks. I saw online that they had some pretty crazy drinks and did latte art, so that was on my list of to-dos.

Everything about the cafe is SO. CUTE. Everything is a soft pastel color, pretty much straight out of my dreams.

They offer ice creams, hot chocolates, milkshakes, and other cute drinks. I opted for a Unicorn Hot Chocolate and my sister opted for a hot chocolate with cute kitty art on top. They took our orders (the ladies working when we visited were so sweet!) and checked us in. They do require a cover fee to visit with the cats, which amounted to $22 for the two of us.

They also have a large assortment of merch that you can purchase to remember your time at the cafe! I chose to pick up a coffee mug and some buttons for my bag. They were also super sweet and gave me some stickers as well! Everything was packed up nice and secure so it would make the travel home.

We sat for a few minutes while we waited for our reservation time to start and waited for our drinks to be made. Others arrived who had also scheduled at the same time, ordered their drinks, and waited as well to spend some much waited time with some kitties.

Once it was time for our hour in the cat room, we were escorted by the staff and warned to close the door quickly behind us, as they currently had a great escape artist on their hands.

All of the cats in the cafe are adoptable, with one being removed from the room before we entered because he had been adopted. Since the cats are socialized all day long by those attending the cafe, they all were incredibly friendly when we visited, with many jumping up around us and running around on the floor.

After playing with the cats for a little while, the staff started to deliver drinks that everyone had ordered before we entered the cat room. The drinks were all massively adorable and a nice treat after driving so far to get to Philadelphia. We had to fend off some of the kitties who were after the near mountain of whipped cream that topped my drink. They were all super curious!

One thing that I noticed about the cafe was how ridiculously clean the entire space was. You would think that with 9 cats in a single room that it would smell and have hair everywhere, but I left with no hair on my clothes. As someone who has had cats, this was kinda on the crazy side to me. There was no litter box smell, no dander or dust. They really take care of the cafe!

About halfway through our reservation, it seemed like the room had cleared out and the other people who had booked had figured it was time to head home. The reservation was for an hour long and it was nice that I got some time at the cafe with just the cats and my sister.

I would totally recommend that if you’re traveling to the area that you make a stop at the Kawaii Kitty Cafe and support what they’re doing! This was a great stop for me and really helped to ease a lot of the travel anxiety that I was dealing with. Even if you can’t take one of the cats home, it’s always nice to visit with them and make them feel loved! If you want to book a visit, you can click here to do so! I hope maybe someday I can go back and get some more time in playing with the cats and sipping adorable drinks.

As a kawaii lover and pastel color enthusiast, this little space was a total dream for me. If you find yourself in Philadelphia, I hope you carve out some time to visit the Kawaii Kitty Cafe! I don’t think that you’ll regret making the choice to visit some cute kitties!

More Philadelphia content coming soon! Just getting back into the swing of things writing, so I hope to be MUCH more consistent going further! I have a lot to share on the cosplay front as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

Much love + hugs

Ita Bag How To – How I Built My Bags and You Can To!

If you’ve been to a convention ever, you’re very likely to have bumped into at least one person toting around an ita bag. Everyones bag looks different; some people like them to look nice and neat (me me me!) and some people just want to smash as much as they can inside, and that’s okay too! Part of the fun of ita bags is finding out how you want to decorate and design yours.

If you’ve made your way here and are wondering “what is an ita bag?”, an ita bag is a bag with a window which allows you to display pins and other things through the window. They’re an awesome way to make a collection wearable or make your bags much more your own! Ita bags can range from really cheap and to more pricey, but if you have an interest, you can make it into an ita bag!

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So.. Where can I buy an Ita Bag?

Everywhere. I see them everywhere, all the time.

I digress. The best place to purchase ita bags is online! I usually pick mine up on amazon just because I find it to be the easiest and who doesn’t love the prime shipping options. !

If you’re headed to a convention here soon, it’s pretty likely that there may also be vendors who sell just ita bags. They really are on the rise in popularity, so be sure to keep an eye out for some really unique ones! Plus, if you want a specific color or design that you weren’t seeing online, this might be one of the best chances that you might find exactly what you are looking for.

Take your time to find the perfect bag for you! I like mine to either be crossbody or a backpack and it seems like I spent forever picking mine out because I wanted something that was pastel and perfect for me. Then, I have another bag that I needed to match a cosplay I wore back in the spring at Ohayocon.

So here are my favorite ita bags..

All of that bags that I own (and loved) were purchased on Amazon! It’s really hard to beat two day shipping, and plus, those returns are free if the item is on prime if you don’t end up loving it as much as you thought you would (definitely happens.).

The first ever ita bag that I bought was for my Evangelion cosplay of Asuka! If you know me, you know that the series is so near and dear to me, so I needed a bag to carry my things that also went perfectly with my cosplay!

She doesn’t really carry any bags in the series other than school bags, so I needed to dream up a way to make my bag unique and perfect to go with my cosplay.

I needed something cute but also something that I could deck out with my Eva goodies. There isn’s as much merch for Asuka and Unit 02, so I decided that a black bag might work best, much better than a red bag. So the search began. And it seems like it took me ages to decide and pick the bag that would be perfect for me!

I chose this ita bag from Steamedbun, which is available on Amazon. It has plenty of room for me to tote my things at a con (my con bag packing list is coming soon!) and has held up to the abuse that I put my bags through.

Steamedbun is probably my favorite ita bag brand and I’ve consistently had good luck with their bags and the quality. They have toooons of options when it comes to shopping on amazon, so take a look!

I also am in love with my ita bag that I carry daily! I am usually wearing something pink or pastel, so this bag tends to go well with it all.

My pink ita bag can also be purchased on amazon! Again, this one is from Steamedbun.

While this one doesn’t have nearly as much space, it really is a great little everyday bag for my keys, wallet, and my phone. Plus, it’s an awesome way to display my favorite pins from Kittynaut and Glitteracy.

So, that brings us to the next important topic: how do you dress up your ita bag to be absolutely perfect? I have a ton of little tips and tricks so that your first bag is everything that you’ve ever wanted.

Ita Bag 101 – The Decor

Here is where your imagination can run completely wild! Ita bags are meant to be a way for you to express yourself. Display your favorite pins, tiny plush, and more! Really, the opportunities are endless here.

When you purchase an ita bag, it usually will come with a small insert that you can stick all of your little trinkets on. While you might be tempted to jump in and start pinning away, take a moment to think it through. Many inserts won’t look very nice with tons of holes punched in them from incessant pinning, so take your time to design the perfect layout.

One of my best suggestions that I can make for someone starting on their first ita bag is to NOT stick their pins through the provided insert. Take a little trip to the craft store and grab a few pieces of felt in some cute colors, and tada! Some new inserts for your ita bag and for very cheap. Felt can recover from the stabs from pins and it makes it easy to have several inserts ready at all times, so you can switch the pins and decor out when you want something new, but don’t want to totally redesign the bag.

Don’t limit yourself to just sticking pins in your bag either! You can stick pretty much anything you like in the pocket for the insert, and you can stabilize things a little better with some adhesive velcro, if you like all your things to stay put in a specific spot. I’ve done this before and the velcro usually comes off pretty easily.

That being said, you don’t need to just decorate within the window of your ita bag! I like to decorate with keychains on the outside, especially on the zipper pulls! My everyday bag has three keychains and my Evangelion bag has one big poofy keychain. You really can personalize any portion of it, seriously.

Do you like ita bags, or carry one yourself? Whats your best tips for making your ita bag just right? Let me know down in the comments below!