Bangkok – the Unicorn Cafe

Have you heard about the Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand? It’s been all over social media from what I can find.  Granted this could have something to do with the fact that one of my best friends is obsessed with unicorns so everyone started posting anything that was related to it on her wall.  No matter what fancy algorithm was in place that resulted in this Unicorn Cafe taking over my social media, it was placed on the agenda for the group to go visit while we were in Bangkok.  In fact, since we most of had been to Bangkok before it was actually almost the number one priority.

After we had completed our temple adventures, we loaded into two separate Uber’s and made our way to the Unicorn Cafe.  It was about 15 minutes away without traffic which ended up being about 25 minutes total with the traffic.  The cafe is located down a side street off the main roads in Bangkok and is fairly subtle from the outside.  There are some signs outside that let you know you’ve reached the Unicorn Cafe but other than that, ti’s not some giant pink building with a unicorn painted on the outside.

But once you walk in, it’s a completely different story. Once you walk in the doors, it is like you’ve walked into a room that Lisa Frank threw up in.  It’s kind of crazy.  Walking into this cafe, I was brought back to elementary school where we were obsessed with Lisa Frank folders, and the pictures that she had all over the stuff.  The trademark animals, fantastical images and bright neon/pastel colors plastered over notebooks.  If you think of all the unicorn related items that come to mind, there is a high possibility that those items or some version of them can be found in this cafe.  The walls are covered with wall paper images of unicorns, there are unicorn onesies that you can put on, there are stuffed unicorns and My Little Ponies available to play with, and a menu full of things with unicorn type names. Everything is in some pastel color and it is everything you could hope for in a unicorn themed cafe.

We waited a few minutes for a table and were able to be seated on some pastel couches close to the front of the restaurant, given an excessively large menu and started to take in what we were seeing.  It was a very strange and overwhelming experience to have, especially after spending so much time in the sun before.  I ordered some cheesy fries because that seemed like a good idea to order when in Thailand.  I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to order them but it seemed like a good idea at the time.  We also ordered some unicorn ice cream with pastel colored waffles and a burger with a little horn on the top.  After ordering the food, we started the photo shoot.  I know that it sounds weird, but how can you not take a bunch of photos and snapchats when you’re hanging out in the Unicorn Cafe?  The unicorn onesies were in high demand and so we had to wait for someone to give it up for our group to try it one.  We spent a bit of time checking out our surroundings, taking photos and trying to absorb everything we were seeing in this brightly colored room.

I have to admit that this was a very interesting experience.  It was fascinating to see what people did when they first entered the cafe.  I think some people were thrilled, others were overwhelmed and no one seemed to know what to think when they walked in.  It was also a great place to people watch and see how people interacted with the props and the various unicorn themed items around the cafe. After our sugar overload and not so impressive food, we decided we had enough of the Unicorn Cafe and it was time to move on.  We still had one more place we needed to check out before we met up with the rest of the group.

We loaded back into two Uber’s and made our way to the Hello Kitty House.


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