Final Fantasy Artnia store and cafe in Japan

While in Japan I decided to visit Square Enix’s Artnia store and cafe located in Shinjuku. As a long-time Square Enix fan, this was a must-do on my list while out here and it was worth it.

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Located a short walk away from the Shinjuku station, the egg-shaped store/cafe is located right next to the Square Enix offices which you can take a look at from the outside, and inside you see the store/cafe hybrid.

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Once you enter you see the small cafe and around it a shop full of items from Dragon Quest, Final Fantas, Kingdom Hearts and other items from Square Enix. There are tons of Dragon Quest items right in front, especially the slimes.

Another section is dedicated to all things Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts which includes figures, shirts, plushes, keychains and some amazingly large but cute fat chocobos.

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One plush that caught my eye and is now part of my collection was a Nobody plush from Kingdom Hearts II.

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While the store itself is an awesome sight, the real reason to visit Artnia is the backroom which holds many of the Square Enix store exclusives, but here you can see everything in person and even buy them if you want to. Before you do you should marvel at the special display wich shows one of the infamous crystals from the Final Fantasy universe which looks like it is suspended in the air and below that is a basket full of materia.

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Finally after being in awe of Artnia, we decided to grab a bite to eat at the cafe where they served a few different items and drinks. In terms of drinks, many of them were designed around game items from Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. They had an espresso that apparently has a Chocobo face designed on it, but I decided to try the Hi-Potion and the caramel pancakes while my friends got the tea set and Strawberry Pancakes.

DSC_0878That’s right the Caramel Pancakes include vanilla ice cream on the top as well as caramel and pineapple slices. The Shinra logo is placed on the pancakes which was pretty good. For about $7 for the pancakes and $4 for the Hi-Potion, it wasn’t a bad deal.

DSC_0879The strawberry pancakes were similar except featured a moogle on the pancakes which was almost too cute to eat.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.