Mattel's Branded Doll Cafes: Barbie and American Girl

A waitress poses during the opening of a Barbie-themed restaurant in Taipei on Jan. 30 Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Images

Which is creepier, having lunch surrounded by wide-eyed American Girl dolls or smiling Barbies? Mattel, which owns both brands, is giving diners a chance to find out. On Jan. 30, Barbie Cafe opened in Taipei, and it’s just about everything you’d expect: a vision in pink, chairs that look like corsets, chandeliers made of teapots.

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