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Gundam café Akihabara

Japan is the center of mech animation, story-driven creativity and it's themed culture. Today, we head to Electric city in Akihabara to visit the featured Gundam Café.

Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

Published on 07 Jan, 12:00

Akihabara is also known as the electric city hosts a wonderful array of lights, sights, games, and clubs as far as the eyes can see.

However, the themes of Akihabara are what make the electric city remain a showstopper to all visitors. Akihabara is one of the most popular cities of the Tokyo area and hosts its own train stations in its surrounding main avenue.

Exit Akihabara station from the JR Line is the easily seen Gundam Cafe.
Exit Akihabara station from the JR Line is the easily seen Gundam Cafe.

Off the JR line, Akihabara opens up as a business district that slowly transforms into the gamified, lit electric city its known for. Nearby the station is the Gundam Café.

The night time glow
The night time glow
The Gundam Branded Core
The Gundam Branded Core
The signature headpiece stands a glow
The signature headpiece stands a glow

To any enthusiast, the Gundam Café is a home away from home. To anyone new, the café is a mind-blowing experience with decor and motif made to attract new fans. This winter 2021 begins a the holiday celebrations and decorations and the theme resonates within the shop and the café.

Gundam store entrance with Christmas decor
Gundam store entrance with Christmas decor
A large range of drinks and collectible cups
A large range of drinks and collectible cups

The café is divided into three sections: the front, center and rear. The outside front of the store hosts the grab-and-go style café where you can buy and try any of the themed drinks. The center is where the main store sells merchandise followed by the rear of the shop that holds the restaurant and a show.

The left side alley gets you ready for what the main show is all about
The left side alley gets you ready for what the main show is all about

Starting at the front of the shop, you have two doors to choose from. The right side door brings you to the restaurant with a Gundam show on screen. I did not have time for a meal as you need a timely reservation.

However, I was in the mood for window shopping and browsing the merchandise.

The unique sales funnel keeps you on the move from the front of the store to the rear
The unique sales funnel keeps you on the move from the front of the store to the rear

However, entering on the left side door. I had the opportunity to enter the enjoy the merchandise space. It had Gundam themed items galore. From stuffed animals, silverware, clothes to action figures and posters to keychains, stickers or cups; every piece, toy or model was fashioned Gundam.

I was particularly fond of the action figures as they were my childhood toys and my sentimental values reminded me of the wonder Gundam gave me as a child.

A collection of old and new Gundam style and theme
A collection of old and new Gundam style and theme
A modern twist to Gundam theming with Japanese traditional dishes, plates and cups
A modern twist to Gundam theming with Japanese traditional dishes, plates and cups
Which is your favorite Gundam mug?
Which is your favorite Gundam mug?
I was particularly fond of the action figures as they reminded me of simpler times
I was particularly fond of the action figures as they reminded me of simpler times

Although the merchandise is plentiful and interesting, I came for a drink from the front of the store's Fortune Latte Café.

Gundam café staff following all health and safety measures
Gundam café staff following all health and safety measures
A printed surprise on your cup
A printed surprise on your cup

The selection of Gundam themed drinks follows the characters and their flavor preference. Today's drink choice was a ¥648 hot cocoa. I was offered a foam stamp Christmas surprise for no extra charge, which was a Gundam Christmas character printed on the foam itself. You could watch on display monitors as your drink was being printed.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Hot cocoa never tasted any better
Hot cocoa never tasted any better

Overall, I recommend the café for everyone as it has something for everyone. If you are interested in Gundam-themed food or flavors, the Gundam café will surely meet your expectations. I cannot express the abundance and level of care the shop brought with their service and their product.

Be sure to visit the cafe during your tour of the Electric City!

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Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

I'm a social worker, teacher, blogger and twitch affiliate. I am a Conversation Teacher, and a Helper of People. I love teaching, eating pizza and playing video games. I live in Japan. Follow me on Instagram; spenceramansick619 and I have a Youtube Channel; Spenceramansick

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