The cute and adorable exterior of maid cafes will catch the eye of passersby, and we doubt you will resist the temptation to have a look inside. The place itself resembles a quaint coffee shop, which seems to be dragged outright from an anime, skillfully nestled on the corner of an actual city street.
Maid cafes, places which seem to be renowned solely among otaku and slightly eccentric people. Or is it so? What is hidden behind the maid cafes’ Narnia door and is it as quirky inside as it’s believed to be?
Crossing the threshold
Once you decide to brush off your social anxiety and finally get inside, plenty of cute girls will meet you at the entrance, welcoming you with enchanting smiles and shouting Irasshaimase. They usually clad in aprons-like gnaws trimmed with lace, making them look like pretty anime or manga characters.
Depending on the cafe, visitors can be called Goshujinsama ( ”Master” in Japanese) adding some peculiar charm to the place. Fluffy armchairs and colorful tables give to the atmosphere some childish vibes, and it seems like the place itself suggests visitors to act playful and relax.
Oh my! Should I wear this?
You can be offered to wear a cute rabbit or cat ear headband, just to blend more into the local atmosphere—but no one will insist if you turn down the offer. While they serve food and drinks, the maids will also entertain you and even teach you how to dance and sing along with them.
Sometimes, they also conduct special performances on a lit-up main stage, with dances and anime-like songs. Those who are not into this sort of entertainment might find the offer quite weird, and depending on the person, the impressions and feedback on the experience will vary.
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