Originated from Akihabara and have become one of Japan’s popular culture icon, Maid Cafes are themed cafe shops with the waiters or waitresses dress as butlers and maids, of course, base on that concept, customers of these Cafes will be treated like “master”. Although some of this cafes have spread to other locations throughout Japan but to enjoy the most out of it, Maid Cafes in Akihabara still in the top choices! Below is some significant Maid cafes you should definitely check out:
1. @home cafe
@home cafe (or At Home cafe) is one of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara, and it’s all about ‘moe’ or ‘cute’ style! You will definitely be welcomed to @home exactly like a real master as well as to receive a “Licence Card” for your first time coming to the cafe called “Majesty Card”, then farewelled with the line, “When will you be back home?” That experience is so worth trying! Their food and drinks are authentic maid cafe style, very cute and lots of interactions with maids!
Besides the foods and drinks are very at an affordable price, also don’t forget the bonus of any maid cafe:
– Play a game with a maid for 500 yen (simple/ kids games).
– Take an instant photo with a maid for 500 yen.
– Take a purikura (small photo sticker) with a maid for 1000 yen.
4F, 5F, 6F, 7F, Mitsuwa Building, Soto-Kanda 1-11-4, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo or Akihabara Don Quijote (4-3-3 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
http://www.cafe-athome.com/en/ (where you can find more information on Access and Operation hours)
Maidreamin’s style is mostly stress on colorful and funky feeling, and you can see both waiters and waitresses dress as butlers and maids. The special here is that you have to complete a small “ceremony” to order and enjoy the fun time with the maids. The foods and drinks as well as desserts in Maidreamin are decorated with cute and adorable patterns such as bears or cats.
They have English menu as well as free WiFi.
There are several shops in Akihabara so check http://maidreamin.com/en/shop/list/ for the shops’ addresses and access
Pinafore is the kind of maid cafe that will cheer you up by the lively atmosphere created by the maids. You will see the maids in cute pink dresses with the smile always with them. You can also see inside the kitchen where maid “fairies” prepare the meals, desserts, parfaits, original cocktails, with cute decorations.
Check the website (below) for the shops’ addresses and access
“Mia” stands for “Maid In Angels”, and this cafe although doesn’t have a very convenience English site, but they provide the menu and prices quite clear (in both Chinese and English). The cafe also has some English speaking staffs, which makes it become a more friendly destination with foreign tourists. Of course, they also provide photoshoot service with a pretty great studio so don’t hesitate to give a shot!
1F Meiji Building, 3-2-2 Soto Kanda
4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
Weekdays 12:30pm-10pm. Weekends 11am-10pm
5. Cure Maid Cafe
It’s said to be the first Maid cafe ever open in Akihabara as well as all over Japan. Cure Maid Cafe has its own very old style, make you feel like you are enjoying a tea time party in Victorian Era. The menu, which also has slight European taste, with seasonal changes and weekly special dishes. One of the best thing here is the variety of the tea and desserts, you should definitely try the Earl Grey tea!
6F Gee Store Akiba, 3-15-5 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday&Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm
http://www.curemaid.jp/ (Japanese only)
Tips on how to enjoy Maids Café in Japan
Handle the over-cuteness in Maids Cafes
The maids will all be very cheerful and will all act cute, from the appearance of the foods and drinks. It is like entering the world covered in cuteness.
Join the fun!
Another common trait in most maid cafes is using hand gestures and a chant whenever your food or drink is served. So you should prepare yourself for the experience, participate with the maids, and don’t be shy!
Follow the rule!
Don’t forget to get a souvenir picture with the maid that served you. You can take pictures of foods and drinks but can not take pictures of the maids using your phone, also, touching the maids is not allowed.
And you have a chance to explore Akihabara with a maid via the tour offered by Voyagin. It's a two and half hour private walking tour with a maid guide. Find out more at Voyagin's website!