When people think of Akihabara, one the first things that come to mind are typically anime and maid cafes. Akiba maid cafes are central to the super “moe” reputation of this part of Tokyo, and they drawa large number of both locals and tourists.
However, don’t assume all maid cafes are the same. Akiba maid cafes offer a variety of different experiences to their customers. Some are focused on creating a surreal world of masters and servants, accompanied by extravagant light shows and overpriced photos with the maids. However, it is possible to have a maid cafe experience that is less fetishistic but still uniquely Japanese. If being pampered with the use of hyper-polite Japanese is enough for you, then go to Cure Maid Cafe.
Upon entering the cafe, there is a noticeable difference from the maids in other establishments. Instead of being assaulted with overwhelming attention and cuteness as you might find in other cafes, these girls are much more demure and pleasantly quiet. They wear a Victorian style maid uniform, which consists of a floor length dress with long sleeves and a high necked collar. If you are looking to be called “master,” you will not find that here.
Unlike other maid cafes, there is no cover charge for a table. The food in this cafe is Japanese with a European flair. The menu features weekly and seasonal specials, but dishes such as pork cutlets with spaghetti or rice are always available. Their selection of desserts is varied and includes items like an Earl Grey chiffon cake and strawberry waffles. For drinks, you can refresh yourself with anything from iced tea to a glass of wine.
Although you are not able to purchase a photo with the maids, you are able to buy several different souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Take home a Cure Maid Cafe tea cup and saucer, or maybe a tiny porcelain doll dressed to look like the actual maids in the cafe.
Please note that it is prohibited to take photos of the maids or the cafe itself.
Not sure about the Cure Maid Cafe? You could try Maid Cafe Maidreamin, also in Akihabara. Let Voyagin help you book your appointment!
Cure Maid Cafe Information
Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Suehirocho Station (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Map below for walking directions)