Aside from being known for its lively and evident otaku culture, Akihabara is also well-known when it comes to its themed cafes, especially maid cafes where it’s originated. When one thinks of maid cafes, they think of moe – the attraction for anime characters which became one of the root ideas in creating themed cafes in Japan.
Maid cafes in Akihabara are a fun and exciting concept wherein the waitresses wear cute maid uniforms and treat their guests like their masters or employers, depending on the theme of the cafe. The maids greet their masters and serve delicious food with designs on them or maybe a fancy serving of drink. They can even perform a song or dance number for their guests. Most maid cafes in Akihabara have a seating charge which the guest has to pay even if they don’t order anything and also follows a certain amount of time, usually half an hour to an hour. The guests must also follow the rules inside the cafe so they can have a smooth and fun time. There are a lot of maid cafes to choose from and their unique themes are one of the things most guests come back to.
Cure Maid Cafe (101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−15−5) is Akihabara’s pioneering maid cafe and once inside, the guests will immediately feel its distinct difference from other maid cafes. It lives up to its beautiful theme, which is Victorian, where the waitresses wear prim and proper Victorian-style outfit. Unlike other maid cafes, it’s quieter in here so you can spend more quality time with the waitresses and they don’t have a seating charge, which is a plus. The food and drinks served in the cafe is a mix of Japanese and European cuisine so you can choose either of two and still enjoy eating their delicious menu. Cure Maid Cafe‘s unique selling point isn’t the cuteness of the cafe but the experience it gives to its loyal guests.
If you like it bubbly and cheerful, Maidreamin (3 Chome-16-17 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021) is the one for you. Everything and everyone is cute, played up and happy. The waitresses here greet their guests with their famous, “Welcome home, Master!” greeting and expect to have a fun time with every one of them. They sing, dance, and to make eating an even more wonderful experience, they can draw cute images on your food with ketchup or maybe chant cute charms to make it more enjoyable. There are now seven branches of Maidreamin and each one of them has a unique theme going on from full-on Valentine Day’s decoration to mini-concerts. You name it, they probably have it for their theme.
For a more relaxed maid cafe experience, JAM Akihabara (3-2-13 Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021, Tokyo) is the place to go. This cafe doesn’t charge any seats and there’s no rule that you must order anything on the menu just to get in. It’s a very chill cafe where you can stay as long as you want and can use the free wifi that’s available. They also serve delicious lunch sets at very reasonable prices. These rarities are the key things on why guests come back to this simple cafe. It is recommended to those who want to witness the maid culture but not have all the experience of one.
Akiba Zettai (1F Obayashi Building, 3-1-1 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) is another lively and fun maid cafe which has a very specific theme: cats. The waitresses are in their cute maid uniforms, complete with cat ears and are acting like cats and being cute to their guests. Aside from that, the guests can wear cute cat ears too and can chat and play with the waitresses. The cafe also serves sumptuous dishes like omelet rice which has cute little drawings made from ketchup. This is the perfect place to go when you just want to relax and have fun with your family and friends.
Mononopu (5/F (B Floor) Isu Building, Soto-Kanda 4-6-2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has the perfect fusion of tradition and fashion. This era themed maid cafe lets the guests wear costumes of nobleman, noblewoman, and princess while the waitresses wear a kimono-style top with frills. This cafe is also a bar so the guests have a diverse set of drinks to choose and can even avail of drink all you can promos of the cafe. Aside from traditional Japanese dishes, the cafe also serves delicious pasta and sandwiches. It’s a great place to meet new people and you can even take photos of yourself and with everybody else.
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