Are you a fan of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and other works from Square Enix?
In this post, I will talk about Artnia, a cafe & store operated by Square Enix. I’ll also give you tips you need to know to make your experience even better.
Launched in 2012, Artnia is a cafe located behind the Square Enix headquarters in Tokyo.
The cafe-shop, shaped like an egg, is decorated with the most iconic works from Square Enix.
Note: You can visit & buy stuff in the shop & also take pictures of the whole place even if you don´t eat in them.
Artnia does not accept reservations.
The decoration is mainly of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.
Food and Drinks
Food and drinks are inspired by the many characters of Square Enix.
The menu is in English, and you can also find it on their official website.
The fruit pancakes are the most famous, especially the Slime one. The price ranges between 900 and 1,200 yen (8.5 to 11 USD).
The cafe is also a bar, so it’s a great place if you want to go for some drinks.
Besides the pancakes, for vegetarians they have several dishes like:
- Sandwich Mozzarella (without the prosciutto)
- Spread and purple carrots gratin
Note: Coffee is vegetarian-friendly but not vegan-friendly. The bean soup and vegetable soup have egg, so except for drinks, there isn’t anything vegan.
Square Enix Store
The best part of this place is the store.
They have a lot of different goods of Cloud, Sora, Sephiroth, Riku, Lightning, etc.
If you are looking for Slime merchandise, you will surely find it. Slime has by far the most character goods in the store.
Museum – exhibition
Before entering the exhibition, Artnia has an area where you can listen to your favorite songs from Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, etc.
The food isn’t bad but not delicious either. At least it’s not as bad as the food at the Pokémon Cafe.
The store has many products of your favorite Square Enix characters and the exhibit, despite being simple, certainly gets the job done.
The store is the best part of this spot.
I’d say only if you’re a super fan of Square Enix is it worth going to this cafe-shop.
Otherwise, there are better places to do tourism of anime or video games in Japan.
The nearest station is Higashi Shinjuku. Take exit A3, and in less than 4 minutes you will reach the place. You will quickly see it because of its egg shape.
If you’re in Shinjuku, it may be a walk of up to 20 minutes to reach the cafe. Google Maps will be your best ally.
11 AM – 10 PM
One meal and one drink costs around 2,000 yen (18 USD)
You can pay with credit card
One hour or one hour and a half
Anime attractions near the Square Enix Cafe:
- VR Shinjuku (Anime VR Games)
- Animate Store (Anime t-shirts and more)
- Red stairs from Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)
* For the first two, you can reasonably go by foot, for the red stairs you’ll need to take a train to Yotsuya Station.