With its historical landmarks, beautiful tourist attractions, and rich culture, Japan is no doubt one of the most sought-out countries you must visit. It’s where traditions meet its contemporary counterparts and interestingly, the two blends well together. You would often find yourself walking in cities where skyscrapers and modern art sculptures tower over you and yet there’s a temple hidden in the heart of the city or traditional houses where you would see grandmas walking with their straw hats and genuine smiles just a few blocks away. The streets are always packed with people and street vendors selling savory takoyakis and sweet, little dangos. There’s always a promise of youthful, lively evenings because, in Japan, the night is always young and alive.
Of course, aside from its obvious attractions which are all picturesque and breathtaking, one’s travel is never truly complete if you haven’t tried going on an adventure in the food crawl in Japan and in its capital city, Tokyo, food is everywhere. There’s always a convenience store near you, selling cute bento lunch boxes which are cheap but don’t scrimp on flavor, or a ramen-ya shop selling you that good combination of crispy gyoza with a serving of a hot bowl of ramen. But you should know that Tokyo is also home to some of the craziest, wackiest, and even the strangest themed café in the world! With so many of them sprouting like mushrooms in every corner of the city, you would almost think that Japanese people never really ran out of ideas. From a maid café to an animal-themed café and even the most unusual ones, like a vampire café and a prison café.
You name it, they got it or if they didn’t, I’m pretty sure they will have it sooner or later. After all, Japan has a way of creating some of the best things in the world. You can never go wrong with that and that’s a fact.
Recommended Themed Cafés
Japan has a way of taking coffee and dining experience to a level that you would never expect it to be. Whether your interests are with mingling with animals (cute dogs and cats sleeping on your lap, anyone?), having a cup of coffee with a maid, or slicing your steak with a vampire by your side, Tokyo will always have a novelty café waiting for you with open arms.
Get yourself ready for a rollercoaster as we present you some of the best and most recommended themed cafés in Tokyo.
Known for its sunny, commercial approach, who would have thought that there’s something spooky going on in a Ginza restaurant at night? With its walls covered in velvety red colors, furniture which make you feel like you’re in a Victorian era and waiters and waitresses dressed in perfect tuxedos and French maid costumes, Vampire Café is the place to be if you’re looking for something out of the box. From its cutleries up to the fancy dishes served to you, every last detail will give you that uncanny, elegant dining experience. You can have a sip of your red wine complete with tiny skulls for decoration or fancy yourself taking a bite of a cross-shaped appetizer. The interesting atmosphere is enough to make you forget about everyday mundane things and sink your teeth to the delicious dishes made just for you, eerie style. Located in Lape Bldg. 7F, 6-7-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061.
Run by the brainchild that also created Vampire Café, Christon Café is one of its kinds. From the moment you stepped into the café, you would probably think that you’re in a cathedral. With its high and vaulted ceilings, big chandeliers, marble tabletops, and colorfully stained glasses, diners would surely get the holy vibe inside the café. There are haloed Virgins in every corner, a weeping Jesus Christ, and a gothic element which comprises of coffins and organ music playing in the background. With cocktails complete with cross-shaped stirrers and named after popular figures in the Christian world, like Joan of Arc, Christon Café will transport you back in time. There are actually eight branches of Christon Café now, the original one is in Osaka. This one is located in 5-17-13 Shinjuku Tokyo Japan.
Maidreamin Maid Café
Known for being the best maid café in the city, Maidreamin Maid Café will immediately give you that happy feeling even before you step into the café. Inside, you would find yourself in a world full of popping colors and listen to catchy J-Pop music playing in the background. Dressed in cute, frilly costumes, the maids will happily escort you to your table and you better get yourself ready for some delicious tea time! Once seated, you can choose from the wide array of dishes listed in the menu. What is great about the café is the effort they put into designing and arranging the food, making it a feast in the eyes of the diners. The main interest of the theme is the friendly maids who always make sure you’re having a great time. You can even request a song for them to sing but you better be ready to sing along with them. What’s also interesting is how affordable Maidreamin Maid Café is compared to usual maid cafés which make it even more appealing to people. Located in 30-1 Udagawacho | B1F Horaiya Bldg., Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo Prefecture.
Brasserie Kyushoku Toban
Lunchtime during our elementary days is probably one of the best times we often look back fondly. It’s the time where we sometimes exchange our food with our classmates or happily eat the packed meal our mothers made for us. Now, you can relive those fond memories with Brasserie Kyushoku Toban, a café which makes you feel like you’re having lunchtime again with your dear classmates in elementary. It recreates that youthful feeling of just sitting in desks, complete with a board in front of you. What makes this café special is that people from all over the world are able to experience what most Japanese people experienced during their heydays. They also serve up dishes like agepan (fried sweet bread) which is no longer served in most schools in Japan during lunch. It’s a nostalgic tour in the past. Located in 1 Chome-4-4 Motoasakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0041, Japan.
Dog Heart Café
If you’re the kind of person who likes spending afternoons running around and playing with dogs, then this café is for you. Once you stepped into the café, you’re greeted with cute little dogs whose tongues stuck out, ready to lick your cheeks and shower you with love and affection. Look into their eyes and have your hearts melted. The dogs are always thrilled and excited to spend a great time with you here in Dog Heart Café. You can play with them, pet them, or even take a nap with them! If you want to take a break from your newfound furry friend, you can always go to the café and help yourself to tea, juice or soda. Located in 1-45-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku.
Kawaii Monster Café
Known for being flashy, big, colorful, and loud, Kawaii Monster Café is like every party thrown into one. Once inside the café, you’re immediately greeted by a big merry-go-around with life-sized figures of peppermints, cupcakes, lollipops, and other sweet treats. The dining area is sectioned into four: Mushroom Disco, with a booth seating shaped into mushrooms; Milk Stand, with unicorns and bunny heads as chandeliers; Bar Experiment, where one of a kind cocktails are made and lastly; Mel-Tea Room, with macarons and pastel-colored walls. Even the wait-staff has a theme. Truly, Kawaii Monster Café lives up to its name and will make you feel like every moment is the party going on. Located in YM Square Building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya.
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