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- 2 6 Amazing Cute Themed Restaurants You Must Try In Tokyo, Japan
When you read about themed restaurants in Tokyo, what probably comes first into your mind is the robot-themed restaurant located in Shinjuku. Yes, that one which everybody has at least once heard about whether you’ve. However, you will quickly realise that there is much more than just this crazy restaurant in Tokyo.
Themed Restaurants in Japan are entirely something. Something you wouldn’t see in the western part of the globe. Japanese people are pretty fond of themed restaurants some are permanent and, some, ephemeral.
Let’s not lie; we are just as fond of those themed restaurants as they aren’t something we can find quite frequently outside Asia.
There’s a lot of them; you can find a lot about various mangas/animes (One Piece, Sailor Moon, Pokemon etc..) or Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty or Pompompurin to include the most famous.
Video games aren’t left behind either, and it’s not rare to find Final Fantasy pop up café. To only quote the most famous one.
6 Amazing Cute Themed Restaurants You Must Try In Tokyo, Japan
If you follow me on social media you know that I love Tokyo, it’s one the city (and Japan in general) I wouldn’t mind travelling to over and over, and I really believe that everyone should experience Tokyo at least once in their life if you have the possibility!
And, if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, chances are that you are looking for some cool activity to do in Tokyo for your bucket list then check out my themed restaurant list!
#1 One Piece Baratie Restaurant – Odaiba, Tokyo
The first themed restaurant I ever went to during my first trip to Tokyo back in 2012, which is now (2020) seems to be a very long time ago! I did go back on my other trip to show it to the friends I was travelling with after that. It’s still a trendy themed restaurant in Tokyo.
Zoro and Chopper drinks.
The popularity of this One Piece Themed Restaurant is no wonder when you know how famous One Piece is both in Japan and worldwide. Plus, many people are pretty fond of themed restaurants, as you don’t only come for the food but also for the experience that comes with it.
For example, you can take a photo with Zeff, the cook of the Baratie which comes now and then to interact with the customers.
I tried their Chicken and fries, nothing fancy but a pretty sure meal, in my opinion. There’s a lot of choices on the menu that follows the manga. So if you come back, some of the dishes may have changed.
The menu doesn’t change much over the year as you can see from the photo above and the photos below taken 2 years apart, except for some limited edition for some event.
#2 Gundam Cafe – Akihabara, Tokyo + Maid Café
This one is pretty easy to spot in Akihabara (although only if you exit on the right place, Akihabara has many exits). It’s located right at the Electronic Town exit and next to the AKB48 Cafe.
Since it was too earlier for dinner and we had had lunch previously, we only had weird coloured ice cream when we checked out this Gundam themed restaurant.
Although with how hot it gets in Japan during the summer having nice cooling ice cream while enjoying a Gundam themed restaurant that wasn’t overpacked was sure nice.
I’m not a huge fan of Gundam, but we went in for a friend, and it was still pretty cool to see how it was displayed.
That’s one of the things I like with themed restaurants you don’t have to be a hardcore fan or anything to enjoy their unique universe and decorations still, plus, you obviously get food just like in any restaurants, so even if you’re let down by the decorations (you most likely won’t though, but, one can never be fully sure!) there’s still the food bit to be happy about!
They also have a huge screen where they air the opening of the anime. And various signs on the wall from all the people that contributed to this anime over the years.
Another popular themed café to try if you’re in Akihabara, mostly found in this district, are the Maid Cafés. I never went to one myself as it never appealed to me a lot of people had a good experience with them.
Unlike other themed restaurants they take the experience a bit further, most of the time you have to say a cute formula to get your food, and you also get to choose your waitress, which is pretty much the main appeal for a lot of people. While you can visit one without knowing Japanese, it’s best if you know at least the basic to get a full experience to interact with your waitress.
Most of them also offer to take photos with the maids for an additional cost.
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#4 Pomponpurin Cafe – Harajuku, Takeshita Dori, Tokyo
We had to take a little ticket asking us to come back at the hour written on it for this one. Takeshita Dori is the street that would give any agoraphobic person nightmare for days with how dense the population is in this long but not so wide street filled with hundreds of shops and cafés.
It was way past lunchtime when we decided to hit it up, thinking we would be lucky and not have to queue.
We were proven wrong, and it’s pretty crowded even after lunch hours as people go there for deserts also. However, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been in peak hours, since, Japanese just like British has this passion for queuing.
Pompompurin is an official Sanrio character (it’s basically Hello Kitty and Gudetama friends, both who are not on this list has their own themed restaurants and so on) to find at the entrance the cafe a little shop area if you want some goods.
That is the case for most themed restaurants; they almost always have a little shopping section where you can buy goods and a lot of the time if it’s a pop up themed cafe you’ll be able to find some limited edition. With one of the dessert dish, you get a tiny pomponpurin mug to bring home!
#4 Cafe Mugiwara & Sanji Oresama – Tokyo SkyTree
Yes, another one-piece themed restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Tokyo SkyTree. There is even a theme park all about the manga that you can on its own or additionally with the deck’s visit tower if you’d like.
This Cafe is located in the Sky Tree next to another Restaurant call Sanji Oresama restaurant as for the Baratie there’s a bit of queue but nothing terrible. However, it might be different during peak times.
We both picked the same dish “Straw Hat Omelet”, it was good, but it had WAY TOO MUCH mayonnaise on the top. The atmosphere was nice and friendly, and since the dishes aren’t the same as at The Baratie, it’s worth going if you’re curious about it and don’t know where to have lunch and dinner when you visit the Tokyo SkyTree.
#6 Cinnamoroll Cafe, Shinjuku
Cinnamoroll Cafe the latest cute themed restaurant I ate at in Tokyo in 2019 with my brother (he wasn’t too thrilled about the full cutesy experience, but he agreed to come with me, yay).
This time around we ordered a different dish so we could both try to dish; however, my brother destroyed his before I could take a photo, because who cares about taking a cute photo for Instagram, right?
He’s right better to enjoy your food than let it get cold, but cute photos are fun sometimes!
Cinnamoroll is yet another Sanrio character just like Pomponpurin above on this list. It is the second Cinnamoroll permanently opened in Japan the first one being in Kyoto.
The Cinnamoroll cafe as a pretty short menu, we tried both the Omu Rice and the Beef Stroganoff. It was decent, nothing special in terms of taste, but the presentation and the drinks were perfect. Most people around us were having dessert, which the café seems to be most famous for!
The decoration includes a lot of cinnamoroll stuffed toy that you can take cute pictures with, and again you can shop for special goods there.
That’s a wrap on those 6 amazing cute Themed Restaurants you must try in Tokyo that isn’t the robot restaurants of Shinjuku!
One of the themed restaurants I regret not going to is the Final Fantasy one, but it was super crowded, and you need a ticket to access which, nor my friends or I had! 🙁
There are tons of other themed restaurants as Alice In Wonderland or Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon etc. but those are the ones I’ve been to so far! Some more famous ones are the Vampire Café, the Ninja Café or the Kawaii Monsters Café if you’d like to check them out!
Hopefully will do more in the future. And, yes, I like One Piece.
Although it can be a little more expensive than regular restaurants, it’s nice to try one themed restaurant in Japan at least so add them to your Tokyo Bucket List!
This list has been made based on my own experience; it will maybe grow in the future! If you have some recommendations, let me know in the comment!
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6 Amazing Themed Restaurants You Must Try In Tokyo, Japan