If you are looking for an interesting cafe to please your eyes as you fill your stomach, you might like to try the Gundam Cafe & Bar located in Akihabara. The Gundam Cafe & Bar, commonly known just as the Gundam cafe, is a theme restaurant revolving around the theme of the classic anime Gundam. The cafe opened on April 24th of this year, and continues to draw large crowds.
Lots of people hanging around the Gundam Cafe that sunny day
Apparently the cafe will be going through various redesigns as the current cafe is dubbed Gundam Cafe Ver 1. The interior design is futuristic and sleek, the style is in homage to what Bandai calls the ‘Gunpla 30th Anniversary'. Gunpla is short for Gundam plastic model kits which first came out in 1980.
However, I think the main draw of the Gundam cafe are the female staff who are dressed in Gundam uniforms (from the original Gundam show). There is always atleast one costumed female staff member outside of the cafe available for photographs. So you don't really need to enter to get some nice photos haha!
Cute female staff posing for photos at the entrance
The food the serve mostly revolves around hamburg steaks it seems, and there is a variety of drinks and desserts to satisfy your cafe cravings. The food doesn't follow any sort of Gundam theme other than having some cute Gundam decorative garnishes. You can see the menu here.
From 17:00 Bar Time starts, and you can begin to order alcoholic beverages. The menu also changes and you can choose from tapas style snacks and a larger variety of entrees. However, you will have to contend with a crowd if you choose to eat at the Gundam cafe - when I passed by the line was literally around the block!
I personally have never watched the original Gundam, but I was a massive nerdy Gundam Wing fan back in the day. What can I say? They wearing aiming Gundam Wing at females and it worked on me haha! Did you ever watch any of the Gundam series?
You can see a bit of the interior behind her
Gundam Cafe & Bar
Kanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 東京都千代田区神田花岡町1-1
Tel: 03 3251 0078