Maid cafes appeared in Akihabara around the year 2000. This novel idea of having girls dressed as maids interacting with customers became a huge sensation. Now, many maid cafes are establishing themselves as great entertainment spots with the help of intriguing, original concepts.
@ home café: Spend Time with Kawaii Maids
The @home cafe Main Store is a maid cafe representative of Akihabara. From the Cafe Latte with an adorable face or image adorning the foam, drawn by the maids themselves, to original juice shake creations prepared right in front of your eyes, @home cafe features lively maids, a unique atmosphere, and an extensive, creative menu. Over 600,000 people visit the cafe each year to visit the maids at this four floor cafe. Original costumes designed by Keita Maruyama make this maid cafe even more special.
The admission fee for a one hour stay at the cafe is 600 yen (tax included) and guests are required to order something from the menu. Extra services such as taking a commemorative photograph with your favorite maid or battling the staff in a variety of games can also be enjoyed to further enhance your maid cafe experience. Every visitor is given their "Master's Certificate" for free, as a memento of their visit - welcome home!
@ home café＠ほぉ～むカフェ
- Address Mitsuwa building 4-7F, 1-11-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
Mononopu: Feel Like a Military Commander in this Sengoku Period-style Maid Cafe!
The inside of this cafe is made in the image of the Sengoku (Warring States) period. Maids in Japanese kimono enliven the customers. For first time visitors we recommend the First Battle Set Meal. You can enjoy decorated omelette rice, Russian wasabi takoyaki (octopus balls), and more. An all-you-can-drink course with over 100 drinks to choose from is also available. Try chanting the good luck charm, "oishiku nare, moegiri! (Let's make it more delicious with the Moe sword!)" with the maids!
- Address Isuzu Bld.5F(Bfuroa), 4-6-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
Pinafore Maid Cafe: A Veteran Cafe Featured in Movies
Pinafore Maid Cafe opened in 2003. It is a veteran cafe among those in Akihabara, and people say that it was the first one to be called a maid cafe. It is also well known as one of the locations seen in the Japanese TV drama Densha Otoko and the movie L: Change the World. The maid costumes and decorations were designed by the maids of this cafe, so you can enjoy chatting with these maids who are not just cute but are also extremely talented. This cafe has a bright, cheerful atmosphere, making it easy for you to go in even by yourself.
- Address Santyuu Bld.1F, 1-19, Kandasakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0025, Japan
Schatz Kiste: Relax in a Classic Environment
Schatz Kiste is German for "treasure box." This cafe is popular for its private library that offers exciting and thrilling things. The maid costumes in this cafe are set apart from those in other cafes by their long black skirts and white aprons that make up a classical look. While immersing yourself in this classical, European environment, enjoy eating fresh-baked sweets, and chatting with the maids about your interests. You will no doubt feel refreshed from the experience.
Schatz Kiste私設図書館カフェ シャッツキステ
- Address Hasegawa Bld.1kai, 6-5-11, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
Cafe Mai:lish: A Soothing Place Where you are Greeted with Smiles
The waitresses of Cafe Mai:lish wear cute, frilly costumes and always greet you with a smile. Every Wednesday, they wait on you in classical maid outfits. Every Tuesday is hobby day, and mini model car races are held. Meals and drinks are also very satisfying. You will be happy with their great menu whether you're using it at lunchtime, teatime, or dinnertime. Enjoy Cafe Mai:lish's unique menu, which has triple-sized drinks, and cocktails inspired by the waitresses on staff.
- Address FHkyouwa Square 2F, 3-6-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
Enjoy Your Maid Cafe Experience!
Whichever maid cafe you choose, make sure to bring your smile and be prepared for a kawaii, cheerful experience like you've never experienced before!
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