I’ve decided that labelling a post about visiting a Unicorn Cafe’ with a Faulkner quote somehow makes it respectable. Go with me on this. On my last full day in Bangkok, one of my professors invited the class to lunch before our final. As we were walking from the little canteen near the Chong Nonsi BTS station to campus to take our final, we happened upon a magic thing… a Unicorn Cafe. So MD, DV and I proceeded to school, took our final and returned to check this place out.
There seems to be a high value placed on cuteness in Asian countries; things like Hello Kitty and adorable figurines are ubiquitous. When I first arrived in Bangkok, all of the BTS trains would play a New Years cartoon every few minutes that had little dancing figurines, each dressed in traditional garb from one of the ASEAN countries, waving and wishing the passengers a Happy New Year with a maximum of adorableness. So it was really no surprise to me that theme cafes are super popular throughout Asia. MD went to a bunny cafe in Chiang Mai, so it’s not just Bangkok.
To say the Unicorn Cafe is overwhelming is a radical understatement. Every inch of the place is covered in rainbow pastels. Every flat surface holds a stuffed animal or other toy. In the corner, there are even costumes for dress-up. All of the food is unicorn themed from the burgers with ice-cream-cone horns and rainbow spaghetti to desserts in every colour combination.
To be perfectly honest, as much as I enjoyed the spectacle, the whole place made me a little dizzy. It was a lot to take in, and the sugar from the cupcake just put me into overdrive. But it was definitely worth the visit.
Title quote: William Faulkner, Soldiers’ Pay