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'''Cosplay cafes''' are tea shops or small restaurants where the waitstaff's costumes (and frequently the decor and food) are themed around a scenario or fantasy. They typically offer cold and hot tea and coffee drinks, fancy desserts and light meals, often highly decorated and "cutesy", served with FanServiceWithASmile.

A recent but very popular phenomenon in Japan, '''Maid Cafes''' and '''Cosplay Cafes''' cater to {{otaku}} of both sexes, whereas '''Butler Cafes''' usually attract a mostly female clientele (frequently YaoiFangirls).

A Maid Cafe features attractive waitresses who [[FrenchMaidOutfit dress]] and [[{{Meido}} "perform" as obsequious and obedient maids]]. A Butler Cafe is similar but with "butlers" and "footmen". Waitstaff at Maid and Butler cafes usually use [[{{Keigo}} extra-polite language]], including the obligatory greeting "Welcome home, Master / Mistress!"

Cosplay Cafes feature a wide variety of other themes, such as "little sister", "{{Miko}}", "railway cafe", etc. Other specialties include "josou" (female clothing) cafes, featuring [[OtokonokoGenre cute guys in pretty dresses]], and "dansou" (male clothing) cafes, featuring {{Bifauxnen}} women in male drag. (Many Butler cafes are ''dansou'' cafes.)

{{School Festival}}s frequently feature cafes as a class activity, and there is a better-than-even chance it'll be modeled after a Maid Cafe (or possibly a Butler Cafe if the class is mostly male).

For the more "adult" version, see [[HostClub Hostess Club / Host Club]]. Frequently uses FrenchMaidOutfit. Compare FanServiceWithASmile. If a couple goes to one together, the menu is extremely likely to include a DateCrepe and perhaps some SweetheartSipping.
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!Examples:

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* ''Manga/AiKora'': In chapter 15, Maeda's buddy Shibusawa suddenly becomes obsessed with ''moe'' girls, and takes Maeda to a maid cafe.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'': A high school culture festival Maid Cafe appears during the [[SeriousBusiness volleyball arc]].
* ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'': Marika Kato and her best friend work at a Maid Cafe, although they seem to act like ordinary waitresses.
* ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios'': One of these is popular in Zuellni, particularly with the male students. Felli tries to get a job there. HilarityEnsues. Later on, both Layfon and the 17th frequent it.
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'': "Teriha" (actually an amnesiac Excel) wants to repay Dr. Shiouji for letting her stay at his lab. So her friend Umi, who is a CosplayOtakuGirl, gets her a job at a maid cafe.
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'': In an omake short in the manga, Sasahara and Oguie go on an "otaku date", in which they visit a Maid Cafe. Ogiue comments that it is a surprisingly normal cafe, and Sasahara makes a comment to the effect of "From media coverage, you'd think it was like a hostess club".
* ''Anime/{{Girls und Panzer}}'' features a Tank Cafe, complete with waitresses in military uniforms, service call buttons that make tank cannon sounds, and cakes shaped like tanks, served by motorized miniature tank recovery vehicles.
* ''Manga/HanaKimi'': In the Japanese LiveActionTV adaptation, the students decide to have a MaidCafe for a school event. [[WholesomeCrossdresser With all the guys dressing up in maid costumes]] to gain more female customers.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': The cast visits one in the first episode of ''Nyarko San W'' (rather, Nyarko drags Mahiro there). The cafe allows amateur karaoke and holds a rock-paper-scissors tournament in order to form an Music/AKB48-style group. Of course, everything goes to hell when Nyarko and Cuuko end up the finalists and turn the tournament into a brawl, ending when they perform [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze and Meteor's]] [[FinishingMove Rider Kicks]] on each other.
* ''Manga/HappyBoys'': A {{shoujo}} manga about five apprentice butlers ([[CastFullOfPrettyBoys all hot, of course]]) in a Butler Cafe.
** The manga is adapted from a drama of the same name, the cast made up of a few actors who went on to star in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' a year after it aired.
* ''Manga/KaichouWaMaidSama'': The heroine works in a maid cafe, and her coworkers are significant secondary characters. A rival butler cafe appears in Volume 5.
* ''Manga/{{KOn}}'': Ritsu proposes a MaidCafe for their first year festival, as Mio is really suited to the look. "The adorable power of cute compels you!"
* ''Manga/KoreWaZombieDesuKa'': Ayumu visits a Tsundere Cafe and ends up in a competition where he has to get each of the maids to show their dere side, with increasing difficulty.
* ''LuckyStar'': The cafe that Konata and Patty work at, where they are respectively dressed like Haruhi and Mikuru from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
* ''Manga/MaidShokun'': The main character gets a job in a maid cafe, GirlsLove ensues.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'': During the preparations for Mahorafest, Misa puts forth the idea of making a "No panties cafe". The author's notes explain it is a cafe where the maids have no undergarments... and the floor is full of mirrors. No wonder the girls shot it down immediately. ("Nopan clubs" are a RealLife form of HostessClub, but not usually a feature of Maid Cafes)
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'': Lizbet is a full-time maid in a Maid Cafe (as she is the spirit of the owner's antique teacup), and Himari works there part-time - as a ''CatGirl'' maid (the customers think that she's cosplaying).
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Although they call themselves a "host club", they're really more of a butler cafe.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'': The "''Tanks for the Memories!''" episode of the anime sees the gang helping out at a MaidCafe because the joint was temporarily understaffed (Brock was training one of the maids working there). This results in Dawn, [[DraggedIntoDrag Ash]] ([[RunningGag again!]]) and even some of their mons dressing up in {{Meido}} outfits.
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'': Mako's family owns a Maid Cafe. Naturally, some of the other characters end up helping as waitresses.
* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeJAHff9UlA Tsundere Cafe]], where the waitresses are {{Tsundere}}s, of course! (Since the manga was written, this has been [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]].)
* ''Manga/SketDance'': Himeko's class does a MaidCafe for their SchoolFestival.
* ''Manga/SoredemoMachiWaMawatteiru'': The main character gets a job in a maid cafe, slice-of-life and mystery-solving ensues.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': A Maid Cafe shows up during the first post-TimeSkip episode; interestingly enough, all the waitresses were girls who, in the first episode, [[LaserGuidedKarma scoffed at and teased poor Simon]].
* ''Manga/UsotsukiLily'': The students do two crossdressing cafes during a school festival, with the girls as butlers and the boys as girls respectively.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'': In the otaku episode, the main characters visit a Maid Cafe.
* ''Manga/WelcomeToRelish'' (Cafe Relish ni Oide): A BoysLoveGenre romance set in a cosplay cafe (with the guys stuffed into a lot of cute outfits, nach).
* ''[[Anime/{{XxxHOLiC}} xxxHOLiC]]'': Creator/{{CLAMP}} couldn't pass up the opportunity to provide {{fanservice}} and FetishFuel, so in the ''xxxHOLiC'' / ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' {{crossover}} HighSchoolAU (go figure), the students set up a Maid Cafe for the school festival. Cue a heap of {{dojinshi}} with ''the guys'' [[{{Crossdresser}} dressing up]] [[YaoiFangirl as maids instead]]. There is also ''official'' artwork of Kurogane and Fai [[http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/7536/kuroganeundfaylolfayfre.jpg dressed as maids]]. Fai is ''beaming''.
* ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'': Minamo decide that the class should do a crossdress cafe for the school festival with Wataru and Kodama as the maids. During the festival Yoshinori remarks that Kodama looks okay, but that Wataru is too tall to pass for a girl. But Minamo answer that the point is to make people laugh, unlike when Yoshinori is crossdressing as Yuki. Yoshinori ends up joining them as a very good looking girl (though not as Yuki). The result is that the cafe suddenly get a lot more customers due to the cute "girl".
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' has Planet Krypton, a Planet Hollywood-esque restaurant in which the servers dress in Silver Age-y variations of the more popular DC Superheroes' costumes.
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[[folder:FanFiction]]
* One series of strips in the ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' FanWebComic ''[[http://ashitahadocchida.sakura.ne.jp/top.html A's Nano]]'' had [[CosplayOtakuGirl Hayate]] [[strike:forcing]] persuading the Wolkenritter to take part in a Costume Cafe, [[http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/7285/bangaisp01.jpg much to the horror]] of [[LadyOfWar Signum]] and Reinforce.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''FujoshiKanojo'': The female lead is obsessed with maid cafes, among her many otaku interests (the manga changes this to butler cafes, possibly to better appeal to the female readers of the {{shoujo}} magazine in which it ran).
* ''LightNovel/MaidMachinegun'': The main character gets a job in a maid cafe; deeply nerdy {{otaku}}-ism ensues.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' [[{{Webisode}} net movies]], Otoya renovates the [[LocalHangout Cafe mal'damour]] into a series of these, with [[HilarityEnsues ridiculous results]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': The Cous Coussier is a major location. Not only is a cosplay cafe, but it's one where the theme changes every day (or at least every time we see it), mostly at the whim of the owner.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maid_in_Akihabara Maid in Akihabara]]'' is a Japanese television series set in a MaidCafe.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': The Main Character's ever-original classmates decide to do a MaidCafe for their SchoolFestival. [[TheChick Yukari]] dreads it from the depths of her spirit because [[AllMenArePerverts it means wearing a maid uniform]]; [[IdiotHero Junpei]] and the rest of the male schoolmates look forward to [[FetishFuel this cherished event]]. Alas, a typhoon rips through Iwatodai and the SchoolFestival is canceled, to the endless grief of said schoolmates (and the Main Character is also asked if he mourns the loss.)
* ''TokimekiMemorial 2'': In [[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Kaori Yae]]]]'s storyline, the SchoolFestival activity your class will choose to do will be a Maid Cafe, allowing you to see an Event showing [[spoiler:Kaori]] having fun acting as a waitress donning this costume, [[spoiler:as part of her ShesBack CharacterDevelopment arc]]. The event is also revisited in the {{Novelization}} of this character's storyline, ''Anata o Shinjiteru''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Kimiko used to work at a Maid Cafe. She presumably quit after the swarms of otaku made her go temporarily insane.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/OtokoNoKoWaMeidoFukuGaOsuki'': Four brothers, Nao, Yuki, Tomo and Rio, crossdress as maids in their family's cafe Cherry Girls. The costumers are fully aware of the crossdressing, but that doesn't prevent some of them to wanting to do perverted things with the "maids".
* One of the clips spliced into ''WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt'' features Matt doing his dance with the employees of a Maid Cafe in Japan.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The most well-known "MaidCafe" is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Miller%27s Anna Miller's]].
* Maid Cafes are so well-known, a classier, more upmarket "[=CosCafe=]" has opened in Singapore at the CHJIMES building, while another more moe-oriented meido cafe has opened at the fifth floor of the Funan IT Mall, conveniently surrounded by shops selling anime goods.
* A ''meido kissa'' has opened up recently in Los Angeles.
** As did one in Detroit called "Chou Anime". Unfortunately, both of these cafes have closed down due to lackluster business.
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