"Welcome home Master!" she says as you walk in the door! Japanese maid cafes have been around for a long time. Known for their cutesy girls and maid outfits, they also serve up some pretty decent food and drink options too. If you're after a unique experience when in Tokyo, read on for the top 8 maid cafes in Akihabara.
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A fun maid cafe to visit in the heart of Akihabara is Maid Cafe Pinafore in the Ichibanboshi Theatre. It's located a 5-minute walk from the Denkigai Exit of Akihabara Station (JR Line) or a 3-minute walk from Suehirocho Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line).
Once you get into the cafe on the 3rd floor, a smiling maid will immediately greet you with a menu and an explanation of how the system works. They have menus and explanations in English meaning you can rest assured even if you don't understand Japanese.
In a nutshell, most people order sets that feature various combinations of savory foods, desserts, beverages, and experiential extras such as a snapshot with your maid or a dance performance. These sets vary in price from ¥1,500 to ¥3,000.
Akiba Zettai is definitely a uniquely Japanese experience. The concept is pretty funny, with the staff acting like cats and being cute. Located a short 3-minute walk to the north-west of Akihabara station. You can definitely have a little fun at this maid cafe and even wear the cat ears on your head!
If you're curious about Akihabara maid cafe food, their specialty is Omelette Rice. They'll even write a short message or draw a picture with ketchup on top for you!
Rated as one of the top maid cafes in Tokyo, Maidreamin definitely is an interesting spot to grab a coffee and bite to eat. The maids here sing and dance for the customers and it is quite entertaining. The dishes they serve up here are uber cute. You definitely walk away with a great experience incomparable with any other kind of place in the world! Only a short walk down the main street in Akihabara you'll probably see a lot of people here as it's a super popular maid cafe with tourists and locals alike. Check it out!
Pinafore Maid Café is currently celebrating their 10th anniversary! They have a live performance too. If you're after a polaroid with your favorite maids as a souvenir you can do that too - and they'll write a short personalised message! Located a few minutes from Akihabara station.
@home cafe is another interesting maid cafe in Akihabara. The maids are incredibly cute and super friendly. When you get there you are met at the door and greeted by one of the maids. One of the maids will ring a bell and the maids great you in Japanese saying, "welcome home my master". Talk about a unique experience! Located a a few minutes from Akihabara station.
The maids at Pinafore are super friendly and fun! They speak a little English and try to show everyone a good time. If you order "Omurice" (Omelette Rice) your pinafore maid will draw whatever you want on top. Located a short walk from Akihabara station.
"Mia" supposedly stands for "Maid in Angels", though I haven't confirmed this with the staff at the store. This maid cafe is another one of the popular places for tourists and locals alike in the Akihabara area. Just a short 5-minute walk from the JR Akihabara station. I'd budget for around 1500-2000 yen, you'll have a good time with that ;)
Put aside all the "cutesy-wootsy-ness" and you're left with a fairly decent menu with some simple dishes that these girls can whip up and serve to their "masters" from open til close. Oh, and yes, they have the obligatory "omurice with ketchup message" too.
If you're looking for a fun experience with wonderful service and a classy atmosphere, Cure could be the maid cafe for you. The food and drinks are slightly overpriced compared to other places, but Cure does claim to be the first maid cafe in Akihabara, if not all of Japan. The style here is old Victorian and you'll notice it as soon as you walk in. It's interesting, to say the least!
A lot of people say good things about the large array of tea and desserts at Cure. They even have seasonal and weekly specials to keep regulars interested and coming back. Located in Akihabara a short walk from the JR station.
If you want to save yourself on the table charge that most maid cafes charge you when visiting, Honey Honey is definitely an option. They have a large menu and are considered one of the more reasonable places to eat if you're dead set wanting to get some chow at a maid cafe (otherwise you might find something better at the convenience store). That being said, it is about the experience so if you only ever plan on trying this out once it might be worth splashing out a few extra yen to get the "real" maid cafe experience.
Located in Akihabara and a 7-minute walk from the JR station. It's a bit further than others in town but still worth the trip. Like the name suggests their menu, you guessed it, serves a lot of dishes which incorporate honey. I'd definitely recommend this maid cafe to any sweet tooth!
Curious yet!? Make Visiting a Maid Cafe in Akihabara part of your trip!
If you've never been to a maid cafe before you're in for an interesting adventure. All places feature girls (and sometimes boys) dressed in outfits, with some putting on karaoke dance shows for their customers throughout the day. Why not make a maid cafe visit a part of your next trip.