Tokyo Maid Cafe Guide
Included in this page:
1. What is
2. Notes on
visiting a maid cafe
3. Maid cafe list
What is “maid cafe”?
What is a maid cafe in the first place?
It is basically a cafe you can find anywhere. They serve coffee, tea,
or light meals at the market price. The difference is that waitresses
are in maid outfits.
In many shops, maids welcome you saying, “Welcome home,
master!” if you are a male, and “Welcome home,
mistress!” if you are a female.
Although the meals they serve are not much different from normal cafes,
they usually have a special menu, such as “Moe Moe Rice
Omelet”* on which a maid writes a sentence or draws a simple
picture using ketchup according to your request.
Maid cafes are not only for male. You will find many female customers
as well. There used to be many OTAKU (geek) customers, because
Akihabara has been a comfortable place for them, where there are a
number of shops dealing in anime goods, comics, game software, or PC
parts. Recently, thanks to mass media reports, the number of non-otaku
people visiting maid cafes is sharply increasing. The maid cafe is not
shop for special people any more.
* “Moe” is a word to express an attachment to
cute or something makes you feel protective of it. Big-eyed animation
character is one of the examples.
2. Notes on visiting a maid cafe
Please note the following points when visiting a maid cafe.
- No photograph
In most maid cafes, you are not allowed to take photographs of maids.
Some cafes let you take pictures of dishes with permission.
- Few English-speaking
There are not many maids who speak English. You should check food or
drink that you can order in advance to avoid troubles.
Simple Japanese sentences (such as “Do you have a cheese
cake?” or “Where is the bathroom?”) may
Travel conversation books are useful.
- Time restriction when
Some cafes are very crowded on weekends and have the stay time
such as 60 or 90 minutes. Please make place for waiting people when
- Write your name on the
As explained above, you may have to wait if the cafe is overly crowded.
Find a waiting list and write your name on it. Waiting lists are
usually positioned inside the cafe.
- No smoking tables
Many cafes have both smoking and no smoking
sections. You are usually
asked which section you want to choose when entering a cafe. The
waiting list often has a field to write your choice.
Some no-smoking areas are not completely separated, and smoke can drift
- Last order time
Most shops have the last order time, which is usually 30 to 60 minutes
before the closing time.
You cannot order anything if you go to the cafe right before the
- Watch out for
different kinds of “maid industry”
Maid cafes are basically normal cafes that provide tea or
Maid bars serve alcohols. These types of maid shops do not charge extra
money besides foods or drinks.
Some maid-related shops (much closer to adult entertainment industry)
charge you other kinds of money. Find enough information about the
place you are visiting in advance.
The cafe with an asterisk
(*) includes a brief description.
- JAM AKIHABARA *
- Mai:lish *
- Cos-Cha *
- CURE MAID CAFE
- Pinafore *
- Maid in Angels' Cafe
- @home cafe *
- Royal Milk
- CAFE &
- Cafe Doll Tokyo
Find your cafe using the map.
- Akihabara area