Here’s another reason why you should go to Tokyo! Say hello to Artnia, the Square Enix cafe and store in Shinjuku.
As a Final Fantasy fan, I put this place in my priority list as soon as it opened back in late 2012! Wish fulfilled!
Here is what it looks like from afar. This egg-shaped structure is actually bigger than it looks. Apparently, Square’s office is in this area too!
Artnia is divided into 3 sections. The first section is the Luxury Area, a showroom/display room of sorts where you can find character figures, silver accessories, etc. Even perfume so you can smell like your favorite Final Fantasy character. We never see them changing clothes often or taking a bath, so…? LOL
Not sure if you can buy everything here, but some of the prices are indicated so I guess it’s possible if they have enough stock.
Everything in this area was so pretty! I want all the Trading Arts and Play Arts Kai figures!
The second area is the Cafe & Bar Area! It was packed when I went as it was a Saturday, but the crowd should be more manageable during weekdays.
I wasn’t able to try the drinks and dessert out, but I wish I did! The strawberry parfait has Aeris’ ribbon on top, while the chocolate parfait has a miniature chocolate version of Cloud’s buster sword.
The coasters have Shin-Ra logos on them, and Seventh Heaven’s (Tifa’s bar) logo is printed on the table napkins. So adorable!
At night, the bar opens and they serve some drinks named after the summonable entities in the Final Fantasy games – Ifrit, Shiva, etc. Non-alcoholic drinks such as Potion and Hi-Potion drinks are also available. Awesome way to replenish your HP after a long day’s work.
As for the prices, don’t expect everything in this store to come cheap! This is official Square Enix stuff, after all. Cocktails are ¥840-900, parfaits are ¥900-950, and pancakes are ¥950. The sandwiches can go up to ¥1010.
Somewhere in between the dining area and the figurine showroom is a music shelf where you can find soundtracks from different games and listen to them for free! Nifty!
The last area is called the Fancy Area. This is a narrow space by the entrance where you can buy all sorts of Square Enix merchandise, from plushies and keychains to mugs and trading cards.
Found a couple buying Dragon Quest armor sets for their kids! Oh, to be a kid in Japan. Imagine all that easy access to geeky stuff.
Best part was being able to buy some souvenirs for my brothers, and bring some of these chocolates home! I got 2 boxes of materia chocolates at ¥3000/₱1300 each (Ouch!) for myself and for my boyfriend.
Total funny moment there because he never played Final Fantasy VII, and these might as well be ordinary chocolates for him. Good thing he had brothers who were able to properly appreciate these shiny works of art!
You can find Artnia at East Side Square 1F 6-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 〒 160-0022. Enjoy!