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!

@home cafe.

@home cafe. From Flickr

Cute food of @home cafe. 

Cute food of @home cafe.  From Instagram

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.

Address:
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)

Price range:
1,500yen~

Website:
http://www.cafe-athome.com/en/ (where you can find more information on Access and Operation hours)

2. Maidreamin

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.

maidreamin

maidreamin

Food of maidreamin.

Food of maidreamin. From Instagram

They have English menu as well as free WiFi.

Address:
There are several shops in Akihabara so check http://maidreamin.com/en/shop/list/ for the shops’ addresses and access

Price range:
2,000yen ~

Website:
http://maidreamin.com/en 

3. Pinafore

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.

The entrance of Pinafore.

The entrance of Pinafore. From Instagram

Omurice at Pinafore.

Omurice at Pinafore. From Twitter

Check the website (below) for the shops’ addresses and access

Price range:
2,000yen ~

Website:
http://pinafore.jp/en/ 

4. Mia-cafe

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!

The cutest bear shaped parfait at Mia-cafe.

The cutest bear shaped parfait at Mia-cafe. From Instagram

Address:
1F Meiji Building, 3-2-2 Soto Kanda

Access:
4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
Weekdays 12:30pm-10pm. Weekends 11am-10pm

Price range:
1,500yen~

Website:
http://www.mia-cafe.com/  and English site http://pandaland.cutegirl.jp/english1/inf10.cgi 

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!

The sign of Cure Maid Cafe.

The sign of Cure Maid Cafe. From Instagram

Cute teapot and teacup of Cure Maid Cafe.

Cute teapot and teacup of Cure Maid Cafe. From Instagram

Address:
6F Gee Store Akiba, 3-15-5 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday&Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

Price range:
2,000yen~ 

Website:
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.