When Maid Coffee shops are obviously old and popular, then these unusual restaurants and coffee shops below offer you more than just food!
1. Little TGV
Here’s an eatery and bar for train nerds. Besides carriage seats and other rail items, there are model of trains, too. Little TGV is a cross between a maid café and a kind of railway themed izakaya (Japanese-style pub). In addition to exhibits such as a model railway and a television showing railway videos, you’ll also find hard-working female staff dressed in railway cosplay uniforms.
5mins walk from Akihabara Station or Suehirocho Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
4F, Isamiya Dai 3 Bldg, 3-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Weekdays 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Weekends and holidays 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
2. Vampire Cafe
The furnishings and décor in this Vampire Café makes it feel like something straight out of an Anne Rice book. It’s gorgeously gothic, with lots of dark colors and plush velvet. The waiters are dressed very elegant and the menu has various red-themed items, with some dishes served in coffins and tomatoes presented as roses.
5mins walk from Akihabara Station
T & K AKIBABLDG 2F
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 3-10-5
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Last order 22:00)
3. Gundam Cafe
When your body clock strikes the meal-time chime, setting the “hungry” messages reverberating in your brain amidst your adventures in the world of robots and anime, seek out Gundam Café. Satisfying your appetite won’t ever be any distraction from your child-like fantasy when you can both eat and play with Gundam Wings.
1-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station
11 Hanaokacho Kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Take out 11:30 to 19:30)
Last order Food 9:30 p.m., drink 10:00 p.m.
4. Maid and Butler Cafe
Akihabara has grown famous for their maid and butler cafés. The general concept of each cafe plays on different fantasies. Waitresses in a maid café are cute, perky girls who wear French Maid costumes. Sometimes, they wear bunny or cat ears to emphasize their cuteness. Waiters in the Akihabara butler cafés, on the other hand, wear either a black suit or tuxedo with white gloves. At each café, one of the favorite things to do is pay a bit extra to take pictures with the waiters and waitresses.
5. Standing bar: 100-in
When you enter go to the counter and order your drink and everything is pre-pay. You can order beer and the waitress asked for only 200yen, which is unusually reasonable in Tokyo. Everything in the menu starts from 100yen, maximum 200yen for beer! On the counter there is a nice selection of foods, just pick what you want and pay the lady behind the counter. Keep an eye on the counter as popular items come and go! Great experience you should try!
1min walk from Akihabara Station
2F, 2-4 Kanda Hirakawa-chou, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Closed on weekends
6. Can’s Bar
As the name implies, this café and bar offers a variety of dishes made with canned food that you can enjoy with a drink. Upon entering Can’s Bar you are faced with a wall lined with about 40 varieties of canned food that make perfect appetizers, such as yakitori grilled chicken and bacon. The cans lined up along the wall are colorful as well as the most popular choices are the Can-tsuma series and the Thick- cut Bacon.
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station Central Exit
1-19 Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Weekdays 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last orders 22:30)
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last orders 20:30)
Mononopu is a Sengoku-style café, which the maids are extremely friendly, and at least one can speak some English. The layout is fairly spacious, again with enough seating for about 30 people at the wood-paneled tables and bar. Pictures of old samurai armor line the walls, with a few cloth banners interspersed between them. Fake torches burn on poles around the bar, and at the back is a closed off “VIP” room. One of the more interesting features is the door leading to the rest rooms. This door rotates around its center, rather than being hinged at one side, so it’s almost like entering a secret passage to get to the toilets.
5mins walk from Akihabara Station
Chuu-ou Dori, near the “Boku-tachi no Tarou” building, one floor above Pinafore 2, 5th floor
Tue-Sat 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
1,000yen/1hr in Tea Room
500yen for one photo with one maid.
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