Anti-Forever Alone Restaurant Lets You Dine with Stuffed Animals


Remember the Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl? Well, if you were a fan of the curious dishware, you might want to pay a visit to Japan’s Moomin Café. The café seats solo-dining patrons with large stuffed dolls to keep them company.

Based off a Swedish-Finnish book and animated series about a family of friendly creatures resembling hippopotamus, the wide-eyed stuffed characters are there to comfort lonely diners. Each Moomin Café location features decor, food and drinks inspired by the Moomin franchise.


Twitter user Haru paid a visit to the restaurant’s branch in Tokyo Dome City LaQua. Coming alone, Haru reports that after taking a seat and placing her order, a staff member told her that if she didn’t mind, there was somebody who wanted to sit with her. That somebody turned out to be the laconic “Snork Maiden,” the galpal of Moomin’s character Moomintroll, who the server brought out and placed in a chair.


“The waitress had such a big smile on her face, I couldn’t say no,” Haru told RocketNews24. “But it was also so cute!”

If anything, it’s more inviting than blow-up doll dining partners. Well, if you’re not into penis ice cream, that is.


Picthx RocketNews24, Rakuten, Jin

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

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  • Linda Lovelush

    Maybe I’m just the odd man out, but I would have to tell them to get that creepy-assed looking thing the hell away from my table.

    • Donn Irving

      Sure you would.

      • Linda Lovelush

        What, you don’t believe me? I’m sorry, but I would NOT sit at a table with a stuffed animal staring at me. It would have to go or I would leave. It’s as simple as that.

        Some of us aren’t afraid to speak up.

    • Finn

      I’d like to point out that then you wouldn’t be going to a Moomin themed cafe in the first place… Lots of weird critters with soul piercing stares.

      • Linda Lovelush

        Yeah, I’ll pass, LOL

  • TwistyJ

    Is it worse to dine alone or dine alone with a stuffed animal in public? Both seem lonely and just depressing.

  • Inquisitive Eating

    That’s just pathetic :x

  • ­­

    this is a fantastic idea less social anxiety for me i’m a fan yes

  • Marie B.

    This has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • Finn

    I just want to point out that the books are Finnish! The stuff was originally written in Swedish because the author was a Swedish speaking Finn. We have two languages here. :)
    Anyway, this is such a fun idea!