Maid Cafe in Akihabara!
I’ve heard about Japanese “Maid Cafes” and I was very curious to see what kind of place it was. So I decided to go to one of them in Akihabara with my cousins. (There are many maid cafes in Akihabara) So here is my experience:
When I got off at Akihabara station, a woman dressed up as a maid was distributing flyers on the streets. As I walked around, I saw many other maids on the street doing the same thing! When we showed interest in visiting one of the cafes, the maid walked with us to show us where the cafe was.
Once inside, all the waitresses were dressed up in colorful maid costumes. And they greeted us as if we are “masters” and “mistresses” in a private home rather than just “customers”. I initially imagined typical customers for maid cafes to be male, but when I visited, there were women as well as small children. Also, I saw some foreigners there. Maid cafes are actually becoming a popular tourist spot!
What’s so fun about maid cafe is that there are many additional services. Once we order food, our maid decorated the food with cute designs at our table. (see image!) And the maid “cast a spell” with us to make it delicious. (It sounds silly I know, but it was really fun!) Also, usually there is the option of paying extra in order to get your photo taken with your favorite maid. We took a photo and the maid hand-decorated the photograph for us.
Overall, it was a fun experience and I recommend visiting at least once when you go to Akihabara!