Maid cafe is the icon of the “Kawaii”, Moe culture in Akihabara. Here are several ways to spend time at a maid cafe, and some cool maid cafes you should visit!
WHAT IS A “MAID CAFE ”
Maid cafe, is a cafe where all the waitresse wear “maid” costumes and serve the customers. All customers are treated as “masters” at the cafe. Therefore, the waitresses will call you “master (Japanese:ご主人様 gosyujin-sama)” or “my lady (Japanese: お嬢様 Ojyo-sama.)” It is the iconic figure of Akihabara and has been supported by a large variety of people since it first appeared in 2001. Visiting a maid cafe will definietly be a once-in-a-life-time experience that will sure impress your friends back in your country!! If you ever have a chance to visit Akihabara, why not give it a try and go to a maid cafe
THINGS YOU MUST TRY AT A MAID CAFE
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Maid cafes are known for their kawaii (=Japanese word for cute) menus and their unique style of serving them. Here are a couple things you would want to try when going to a maid cafe.
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Having an omlet rice at a maid cafe is THE way most Japanese people will imagine when going to a maid cafe. Maid cafes are well known for their unique style of serving their omlet rice; having a maid draw a picture of your request with ketchup. They will also cutely chant a magical spell “moe-moe-kyun” to make your omlette rice taste better.
*Moe (Japanese: 萌え moe) is a term mainly used to express the Akiba culture in Akihabara. There is no relevant translation, but some words that may express this concept may be: cute, kawaii, lovable, (slightly) sexual, etc. The term is mostly used for expressing subcultural contents or Japaneseotaku culture.
CHEKI PHOTO SHOOT WITH A MAID
Though usually it does cost a little extra, you can take a picture with a maid of your choice. There are some maid cafes that let you take a picture with all the maids at the cafe for free if your birthday is coming up. If you’re planning to send your birthday in Japan, going to a maid cafe might be a cool way to celebrate your birthday!
@HOME CAFE STANDARD MAID CAFE Hours: ・Weekdays 11:30am-10:00pm ・Saterday 10:30am-10:00pm ・Sunday and Holiday 10:30am-10:00pm Phone:+81 (0)3-5207-9779 Access: 5 minutes from JR line Akihabara Station Address: Mitsuwa Bldg. 4F-7F, Sotokanda 1-11-4, Chiyoda, Tokyo Website: @ home cafe Youtube: @ home cafe youtube
OTHER 2 SPECIAL MAID CAFES
There is a large variety of maid cafes in Japan, starting from the standard maid cafe where all the waitresses wear maid costumes, to maid cafes that the waitresses wear witch costumes or school uniforms. Here are several interesting unique maid cafes you might want to visit.
No.2 AFILIA GRANDLODGE HARRY POTTER STYLE MAID CAFE
There are also some maid cafes whiere they pretend that the waitresses are all students of a witchcraft and wizardry school student like in Harry Potter. At these cafes, customers are treated as fellow students of witchcraft. The waitresses will call the customers “my senior (Japanese: 先輩senpai.)
Hours: ・Weekdays 11:00am-2:30pm / 3:30pm-11:00pm ・Weekends and hoidays 11:00am-11:00pm Phone: +81 (0)3-5927-8991 Access: 5 minutes from JR Ikebukuro Station Address: Number 3 Kindai Bldg. 5F, 1-26-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Website: afilia grandlodge(Japanese)
No.1 MONONOPU SENGOKU MAID CAFE
Unlike the standard maid cafe where waitresses wear a simple dress and an apron, at the Sengoku Maid Cafe, waitresses wear cute kimono-looking maid costumes. At the Sengoku Maid Cafe, customers are treated as Japanese military commanders of the Sengoku era. Therefore, instead of calling the customers “master (Japanese: ご主人様 gosyujin-sama)” as in the standard maid cafe, at the Sengoku maid cafe, waitresses call the customers “lord (Japanese: お館様 oyakata-sama)” or “princess (Japanese: お姫様 ohime-sama).”
Hours: ・Mon Tue 2:00pm-10:00pm ・Wed Thu Fri 2:00pm-11:00pm ・Sat and holidays 12:00pm-11:00pm ・Sundays 12:00pm-10:00pm Access: 5 minutes from JR line Akihabara Station, 1 minute from Ginza line Suehirocho Station Address: Isuzu Bldg. 5F, 4-6-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Phone: +81 (0)3-5296-9199 Website: mononopu(Japanese)