Good Smile Cafe Taipei

Good Smile Cafe has opened in Taipei, Taiwan! While I was aware that there were plans for Good Smile Cafe to expand overseas and open elsewhere in Asia including Taiwan, I did not expect to be able to visit the place during my recent trip back. Upon reading online announcements for a new cafe, I immediately assumed the store would be located  in Ximending (西門町), which has been dubbed the Shibuya or Harajuku of Taipei. Therefore, I was surprised to find the ‘Good Smile x Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe’ logo displayed beside the elevator in a rather small mall (K-mall) which is not usually populated by Otakus. The cafe was still being set up when I first found the place but I soon spotted the familiar faces of Madoka, Sayaka and Mami-senpai outside with an official opening date. Luckily, the mall is located only a few hundred meters from my house so I was determined beat the crowds on opening day and be one of the first ones in!