When people think of Akihabara, the first things that come to mind are typically anime and maid cafes. Akiba maid cafes are central to the super “moe moe” reputation of this part of Tokyo, and draws large number of tourists and Japanese alike. However, don’t assume all maid cafes are the same. Akiba maid cafes offer a variety of different experiences to their customers. Some, for instance, are focused on creating a surreal world of masters and servants, accompanied by extravagant light shows and overpriced photos with the maids. You’d be surprised to know however that it is possible to have a maid cafe experience that is a little less fetishized but is still uniquely Akihabaran. If being pampered with the use of hyper-polite Japanese is enough for you, then go to Cure Maid Cafe, one of the first maid cafes established in Akihabara.
Although Cure Maid Cafe is hidden away on the 6th floor of a building otherwise filled with character goods, it is only a short walk off of the main Chuo-dori close to Suehirocho Station. 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, complete with an apron. This lends a more sophisticated atmosphere to the cafe as a whole. If you are looking to be called “master,” you will not find that here. There is no cover charge for a table like in other maid cafes, but you are still prohibited from taking photos of the maids or the cafe itself.
The food in this cafe is Japanese with a European flair. The menu often changes with the seasons along with weekly specials, but usual dishes like pork cutlets with spaghetti or rice and a variety of other light but hearty meals 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 time at this one-of-a-kind maid cafe. Take home a Cure Maid Cafe tea cup and saucer or maybe a tiny porcelain doll that is dressed to look like the actual maids in the cafe.
If you want to go to a Japanese maid cafe during your time in Akihabara but are hesitant about places that seem a bit “sleazy,” you will get the perfect balance of attention from girls dressed as French maids and decent dining at one of the original maid cafes, Cure Maid Cafe.
For more ideas on things to do in Akihabara, visit our articles Akihabara 101: Sorting through the Madness and 36 Hours in Tow: Kids Edition. If you’d like to check out some more weird restaurants in Tokyo, try reading Top 10 Themed Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo.
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Cure Maid Cafe Information
Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Suehirocho Station (Ginza line)
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thur 11:00AM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want to get a maid cafe experience in Akihabara that is a bit more toned down than what you expect in the area.
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