Do you often go to restaurants with a book instead of a date and pretend to read it? Do you own this anti-loneliness ramen bowl?
Japan’s Moomin Café has an even better solution to your sad solo-dining dilemma: the café seats solo patrons with large stuffed animals to keep them company.
The Moomin franchise is based on a series of Finnish picture books about a family of hippopotamus-like creatures, and the cafe has food, drinks, and decor inspired by the characters.
“She bravely stepped inside, took a seat, and placed her order. But as she was sitting by herself, waiting for her food to come, she was approached by one of the staff, who came over to inform Haru there was someone who’d like to sit with her, if she didn’t mind.”
That special someone was The Snork Maiden, the girlfriend of Moomin’s main character, Moomintroll.
Now there are two ways you can live your life: Being sad and eating by yourself, or being open-minded and eating with a snork maiden. It’s your decision.
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