You may be pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised if you ever stumble into a bar in Japan and see a Japanese girl wearing a maid outfit approaching your table to take your order, if this situation seems confusing to you for any reason, don’t worry about it. It’s perfectly normal in fact more and more of these types of cafes seem to pop up with a number ranging from 132 to 180 currently working today in Japan. So what’s the secret and why are they getting more popular? Well simply put maid cafes fall into a sub-branch of cosplay and we would like to add some facts about them so you don’t get confused about the etiquette about these places and some recommended spots should you decide to participate.
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Classical Maid cafes
Maidreamin is a cafes which holds the traditional archetype of Maid Cafes, others are spread across Akhibara with more than 7 different branches for you to visit. So what are the features of this particular maid cafes here? Well, the workers are wearing traditional maid outfits the ones you usually see in anime shows and video games, this can be rooted to Moe which means budding derived from the feeling of having a very strong feeling towards fictional characters. If you are an anime fan or just having a birthday be sure to stop by here because you can get a free birthday treat along with a song and dance by the maids, although we must notify you that you need to order a side-dish first!
Address: 3-16-17, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021
Business hour: Monday-Friday:11:30am-11pm, Weekends and holidays: 10:30am-11pm
Average payment(yen): 1000 – 3000 yen
Phone number: (+81)3-6905-7735
For all the fans of the classical Victorian Look with dresses with their most apparent distinction, the upfront white apron which was the classic uniform of an 18-century maid is a normal sight down at the Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara which derives from the cute appeal down to a more elegant classical look. The cafe itself is a smaller establishment completely transformed with a regal outlook, the menus are composed of what you would expect a suave of delicacy with some prominent deserts. The same hospitality can be excepted at the wonder Parlour of the café white rose.
Name: CURE MAID CAFE’WEB
Address: 3-15-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021
Business hour: Monday-Thursday:11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday:11am-10pm, Sunday and holidays:11am-7pm
Average payment(yen): 1000 – 3000 yen
Phone number: (+81)3-3258-3161
A great place to see Maids and save some money in the process
Perhaps you are interested into visiting a maid cafe but lack the funds to fully experience the ordeal, well perhaps visiting The Granavania cafe which is in close proximity to Akihabara Station you may find your ideal refuge. The features of this cafe are not like the previously mentioned ones due to the fact that this establishment has a look more suited to a classical tavern instead of the fantasy and Victorian ones mentioned earlier. With affordable dishes and interesting games you can play with the maids you can’t go wrong with The Granavania cafe.
Cross Dressing Maid cafes
Yes, this also exists. Known in Japan as Otoko no ko which translated and read in Japapane means ‘’boys as girls’’. The name of the place is Newtype and for now it’s the only cafe in Tokyo which has male maids which crossdress as female. It is an interesting thing to see and they maids act to their fullest commitment in order to bring you the full experience of the place. If you are into this sort of the thing that the Newtype is the right place for you.
Name: Cross-dressing Café and Bar NEWTYPE
Address: Isamiya 8 Building 3F, 3-7-12, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Business hour: Monday:closed, Tuesday-Thursday 18:00-23:00, Friday and Saturday: 18:00-29:00, Sunday: 18:00-23:00
Average payment(yen): 1000 – 3000 yen
Phone number: (+81)3-5577-5565
There are so many different types of Maid Cafes in Japan it’s hard to list them all and some of them even allow you to pick out the maid’s uniform by yourself and some have karaoke sing alongs. All in all, it’s certainly a breath of fresh air to see something new and interesting. We hope you have a splendid time at any maid cafe you chose to visit.
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