1. First off, the infamous “Maid Cafes”
These cafes, where waitresses dress in frilly maid outfits and act as servants, first emerged in Tokyo in the early 2000s. Since then, they have gained significant popularity and expanded to other countries including the United States.
Sometimes they offer additional services, such as ear-cleaning and massages.
A “Chubby Maid Cafe” is also in business. Vice interviewed several of their waitresses in 2009.
4. …And the male counterpart, “Butler Cafes”
5. “Cross-dressing Maid Cafes” also exist
Staffed entirely by straight men, Tokyo’s premier cross-dressing maid cafe Hibari-tei opened its doors in 2009.
6. The next logical step: “Granny Cafes”
Cafe Rottenmeier is a European-style cafe with “granny” servers ranging in age from 24 to 77. Mother cafes exist as well, but we won’t go there.
7. “Bunny Cafes” are mandatory
This is Tokyo’s Ra.a.g.f. (Rabbit and grow fat) Cafe in Harajuku.
9. “Cat Cafes” are DEFINITELY a societal improvement
Patrons pay an hourly fee to drink tea and play with kitties. Themed cat cafes — for black cats, calico, rare breeds, and more — have also been established.
12. Might as well throw a “Reptile Cafe” into the mix
16. …as well as “Christon Cafes,” for a Catholic vibe
There are eight of these around Japan, so there’s no excuse to miss out on dining underneath a gothic altar.