All around Tokyo, you will find all sorts of wacky cafés. There are so many awesome themed cafés in Tokyo to choose from, such as maid cafés, anime cafés, and themed movie cafés. Most of them are pretty cool, but there’s also those that you should stay away from.
The animal cafés that keeps “their” animals in cages and chains are the ones that you shouldn’t support. Bunny cafés, snake cafés, and owl cafés are good examples of this kind of “entertainment” that they offer in the cafés of Tokyo.
Tokyo is full of cool cafés, so make sure to visit some of the good ones that I’ve listed below!
Here is the list of my favorite themed cafés in Tokyo:
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Temari No Uchi – Cat Café
Yes, this is one animal café, but they treat the cats with both respect and love. Here the cats have plenty of space, fun toys, and several humans to play with whenever they feel like during the day.
If the cats don’t want to play, then you at least get a nice time in a fairytale café!
This is one of the most popular cat cafés around town, as the environment is almost like a fairytale. Come here and grab a cup of coffee, a pastry or just pay the fee to have an hour together with the cute cats of Temari No Uchi!
Note: You have to book your visit here since it’s only a certain amount of persons that get to be here at the same time!
Address: Tokyo, Musashino, Kichijoji Honcho 2-13-14 Level 3
In Tokyo, you will find several maid cafés. Maid cafés is a kind of cosplay restaurant that’s inspired by the locals obsession of the manga and anime culture.
At the maid cafés, there are only girls working in clothes that are inspired by the manga character world – with short frilly dresses, over knee socks and cat ears on their heads. You can say that this is a real fantasy land for all the Japanese ”otaku” out there (what we refer to nerds).
In my opinion, these cafés are a bit weird, but that’s is just a part of the fun Tokyo experience!
Alice in Magical Land
There are more than one Alice in Wonderland themed cafés in Tokyo. But, according to me, this is the best one in town. The interior from the entrance and all the way into the private rooms are just gorgeous, and the food is not too bad either. Not only the food is good, but it’s also decorated to look like characters from the movie, such as; the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and the White Rabbit.
Address: 3rd Floor 160-0023 Tokyo Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 1-5-1 Shinjuku Nishiguchi Hulk Underground
Pop-up Store Cafés
In Tokyo, there are some “Pop-up Store Cafés” each year that is open for a limited time only. In the capital, there have been pop-up cafés such as a Pokemon café and a Peanuts café. Keep your eyes open while you walk on the streets of central Tokyo, and maybe you might get the honor to visit one of these limited cafés!
Moomin House Café
At the Moomin House Café, you will never have to grab a coffee alone again. Here you eat your Moomin pancakes or drink your Moomin themed coffee together with your favorite characters from the Moomin Valley. When you visit this café, you can meet real sized characters such as the Moomintroll, Stinky, Snufkin, Moominmama, the Hattifnatteners and Moominpapa in a magical Moomin Valley environment.
The best thing about this café is that they play soundtracks from the movies, have a super cute interior, and adorable themed food and drinks. Not only they offer a cozy environment, but also free souvenirs with some of the special meals such as cups and little Moomin Valley Characters.
As I have been a fan of this show since I was a child, I just had to visit it. And I’m glad I did, as this was one of the highlights during my stay and also my favorite café among all the themed cafés in Tokyo!
Address: Japan, 〒131-0045 Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1 Chome−39−1, 第２羽鳥ビル
The Kawaii monster café in Harajuku is a themed café with an adorable design. Imagine oversized macaroons, a cup of bubble tea large enough to bathe in, unicorns, bunnies, a huge birthday cake and kitty cats all over the place.
This cafés food is served by the staff of five ”Monster Girls”; Baby, Dolly, Candy, Nasty, and Crazy. It costs 500 Yen in entrance fee (about 4 USD), and it cost additional for the food. At the Kawaii Moster café, it’s not only the interior that is colorful; the food is as well.
At Kawaii café, you can order crazy dishes, drinks and deserts like ”candy salads,” a pastel-colored pasta dish and an over-the-top ice cream sundae that is called ”Colorful Poison Parfait Extreme.”
Address: YM square building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Gundam is one the most internationally recognized series of Japan’s anime culture. This world famous series has a place in almost every anime fan’s heart and is one of the most popular themed cafés in Tokyo among locals. 2010 opened the world’s first official Gundam Café in the center of Akihabara. This is a Gundam themed café where hard-core fans grab a cup of coffee and discuss the latest Gundam news.
Address: Atre Akihabara 2, 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, 千代田区 Tokyo 101-0028, Japan