Themed cafés take the coffee and dining experience to the next level in Japan’s capital. Whether you’re into vampires and maids or lizards and video games, Tokyo has a novelty café experience waiting for you. Here are the city’s best themed cafés.
A maid café is a fun experience for people of all ages. Cure Maid Café has the honor of being the first of its kind in Tokyo. It’s toned down compared to similar establishments, which makes it a good experience for first-timers. There’s no cover charge for a table and you won’t be called goshujin-sama (master), but they host special events and do their best to make sure everyone feels special.
This quirky café has a staff of undead maids ready to wait tables. Vampire Café does a good job of setting the restaurant’s mood with spooky music, plenty of black and red décor, and dim lighting fit for a crypt. There’s a small cover charge, but the atmosphere and experience make it worth it.
Peanuts Café in trendy Naka-meguro manages to stay faithful to the Charlie Brown and Snoopy theme without being tacky. Tuck into light café meals with the Peanuts theme worked in, like hand-stamped sliders and decorative latte art. There’s also a shop onsite where fans can pick up character goods.
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse will have you dining among tortoises, snakes and lizards. This reptile-themed café just south of Tokyo in Yokohama, keeps most of the animals in cages for hygiene’s sake, but a few lizards and tortoises are available for petting. True to its name, there’s also a wide variety of tea available for purchase.
The company behind the beloved Final Fantasy video game franchise has its own café in Tokyo. At ARTNIA, order your latte in a souvenir Chocobo mug, eat Moogle-stamped pancakes, or sundaes with famed series swords sticking out of them. The café also has a shop selling official merchandise. Square Enix recently opened a second game-focused café which will rotate themes depending on the latest releases.
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