I once wrote a Top 5 anime bars list. For an entire week, I was sad that I couldn’t go have an actual drink at those places (except for the Lupin). This said it was also really fun to put together. Anime vistas and places have long been a particular source of joy for me.
Apparently, you can’t just spend your entire life in bars though. Because sometimes they close and they won’t just let you set up a little tent under a table. Stingy! At those times, the best thing to do is to head off to a café!
To be honest, I love a good café. A place to just sit and relax. For me, taking a half hour to enjoy a coffee or tea by myself or with a friend is something of a luxury. A treat yoself moment. And finding a nice little café that can be your oasis from everyday life is something to be cherished. These 5 anime cafés have always seemed like tiny little paradises to me and I wish I could visit them in real life:
There’s nothing all that striking about Stile all things considered. It looks like the sort of little coffee shop you could find anywhere. But it’s the staff that makes the difference.
Having a collection of lovely real-life walking talking archetypes serve you your coffee and treats means that you can live out your fantasy while enjoying your break. And the theatrical atmosphere makes it look like a fun place to work. It’s almost like enjoying dinner and a show but in a more interactive and just plain fun way. And having each waitress be their own unique personality means there’s something for everyone.
Now if they would just get a waiter or two.
What’s a coffee shop without the coffee? That’s a silly question. Let me rephrase it. What’s the most important part of a coffee shop? The coffee is, silly! And if you love coffee, then Coffee Angel has got you covered.
A comfortable and dignified shop, with lots of dark woods and black-tie wait staff for that old-world charm, Coffee Angel prides itself on serving the very best cup of coffee you have ever had! The Master of the shop has made it his lifelong quest to find and make the perfect cup. It’s an all-out obsession.
Despite what this post may have led you to believe, I’m actually not that big a fan of coffee. But even I get tempted when I hear the master talk about the art of coffee making.
3) Rokuhōdō – Yotsurio Biyori
This said you can still enjoy a café even if you don’t like coffee. And Rokuhōdō is the perfect place for that. A gorgeous and spacious café in classic Japanese architecture surrounded by a lush bamboo grove, just walking into the place is instant relaxation.
On top of that, the menu features tasty and sophisticated tea blends as well as mouth-watering home-made desserts and delicious main dishes should you find yourself peckish. The welcoming staff is also perfectly happy to let you loiter around the place all day if you feel like it and not try to rush you out the door the second your cup is empty. I would probably just move my home office there if I could. There’s even a cat to play with! A big plus in my book.
With all those wonderful features, it doesn’t even matter that the staff is entirely made up of handsome and kind young men. I didn’t even consider that at all.
I adored this anime and made a point to mention the Time of Eve café in my review. The place itself, layout, decoration and furnishings are perfect. It’s exactly the sort of eccentric but functional café I tend to really enjoy.
There’s something a little mysterious about the mismatched pieces and dim corners that makes the place feel intimate. Almost like a secret little hideout just for you. A place where you can curl up with a hot drink and a good book when you need a bit of alone time. And I think the loyal patrons would agree with me.
It’s a best-kept secret, difficult to stumble upon by accident and as such tends to be frequented only by a few loyal patrons. And that makes it even more special. It also may be the birthplace of a quiet revolution which changes the course of history and you might want to be there for that.
The Flying Witch should be used by Japan’s tourism board. Few animes have made me want to book a ticket as much as this one. The art was a love letter to Hirosaki. And of all the inviting venues featured, none were more tempting to me than the beautiful Café Concrucio.
It was like having a lazy and happy sun-drenched Sunday afternoon with your best friend forever captured in one place. It was magical, even without the yokai staff. And it had yummy desserts. I was desperate to go there…
And then I found out I could!!! I have talked before about the wonderful anime journeys, well they have a post about this very café:
In Flying Witch, Makoto, Chinatsu and Kei visits Café Concrucio where they eat cake. This place is based on Taisho Western House in the Fujita Memorial Garden in Hirosaki in real life.
Isn’t it amazing how well the anime captured that place? Actually, forget that, isn’t it amazing that such a magical place really exists? So, who wants to go with me?
Great, now all I want to do is find a nice little café to hole up in, instead of the long afternoon of meetings I have lined up. Booh ☹ Instead, let’s daydream some more. Is there any anime café you’re just dying to visit? Why?