3 Recommended Maid Cafe In Akihabara
Many people around the world have heard about maid cafes from anime or games, and wondered if they were a real thing. Yes. Yes, they are. Not only are they real, there are over 200 in Tokyo alone, many in Akihabara! But what are they?
#1 Cure Maid Cafe
In fact, many tourists to Akihabara like to go to Cure Maid Cafe simply because it was the first of its kind.
It's not too far from Suehirocho Station on the Ginza line.
Like most maid cafes, Cure Maid Cafe is on one of the upper floors. In order to get there, you will need to go to the back of the shop at street level, and take the elevator up.
When the elevator reaches the 6th floor, it chimes like a doorbell, and your maid will greet you on the other side with a kind, “Welcome home, Master,” (or “Welcome home, Mistress” for female patrons).
The maid costumes have long skirts in the Victorian style, so you won't need to feel embarrassed.
There are three meal menus – lunch, teatime, and dinner. Portions are generous, the food is well prepared, and you can get all but the chiffon cakes to go.
Cure Maid Cafe sometimes hosts special anime-themed events which each last for a few weeks.
In the past, they have held Evangelion and Kill La Kill themed special events. Cure Maid Cafe seats about 30 people, as is typical of the majority of this kind of restaurant.
#2 @home cafe
If you're looking to go for something bigger, brasher, and altogether more crazy and bold, @Home Cafe (At Home Cafe) is a giant Maid Cafe extravaganza that spans four floors (also in Akihabara, near the main station).
It was the third maid cafe to ever open, and it is a great favourite for tourists – if we can be a little judgemental, it is like the McDonalds of Maid Cafes. Although @home Cafe is vast, there is frequently a line to get in (you can not make a reservation), and individual sittings are only allowed one hour – if you stay for longer you will have to pay extra.
In their frilly short maid costumes, the girls are young, bubbly and very cute – some are even quite famous! There are menus available in English, making it an ideal tourist spot for foreigners wishing to experience a maid cafe firsthand.
Admission costs 600 yen per person (with concessions available for students or seniors showing valid ID, and babies enter for free), and each person must order at least 570 yen worth of food or drinks (excluding babies!), but considering how @Home Cafe is almost like an otaku dream amusement park, full of energetic squeaky-voiced cuteness, it is well worth the price.
#3 New Type
Not surprisingly, the clientele in this one has a greater ratio of females to males than most other maid cafes. Seating is simple, with long tables and plastic chairs.
They're open from 6 until 11 pm, and serve alcohol as well as generously portioned food.
There are some cosplay events, and you might even find yourself treated to a makeup lesson!
(You can watch this video with English subtitle)
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