Recently, “concept cafe” with various themes have been increasing rapidly in the Akihabara area. Among them, “Maid Cafe” are especially popular. A visit to one of these cafes is a chance to experience Japan’s “moe” and “kawaii” culture first hand!
The maid cafe we visited this time was “HoneyHoney”. When we opened the door, a maid greeted us with the words: “Welcome home, Master!” The maids wore”traditional” maid uniforms: white puff sleeve blouses, black skirts with suspenders, white aprons, and white knee-high socks … so cute!!
What to do at a Japanese maid cafe
Well, how should you spend your time once you are in a maid cafe? Take a look at the menu. There are some meals and drinks with a “special maid service”. Ordering this kind of dish might take some courage, but you will make an extraordinary experience you’ll never forget.
So, how does the special service work? For example, if you order a cafe latte, one of the maids will draw a something on top of the milk foam with chocolate sauce! Or she might even draw with ketchup when you order an omelet.
The special drink menu at HoneyHoney includes “Orange Squash” where the maid squeezes an orange or grapefruit in front of the “master”. This is the perfect chance to talk to the maid and ask her some questions!
Important to know is that at most of Akihabara’s maid cafes you are not allowed to take pictures of the maids inside the store (food pictures might be OK). So store your camera in your bag and enjoy the soothing and unique atmosphere. I’m sure you will remember the fun conversations with the maids, the delicious food and the unreal experience for the rest of your life!
When you watch how the maids carry the dishes, how they cheerfully smile and with all their cute gestures, your heart will beat faster. That is what Japanese people call “moe”. It’s something too cute (= kawaii) to be true.
All in all, “maid cafe” have a mysterious charm that can not be experienced in any ordinary cafe. A visit is a must-do in Tokyo!
Address: Tokyo Isamiya 8th Building 2F, 3-7-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/HRK5ywcE5yMBXRLV7
Nearest stations: JR Akihabara Station, Tokyo Metro Suehirocho Station