When I visited Tokyo I was lucky enough to be there when they were having an Attack on Titan Pop Up Cafe. They were celebrating the new season of Attack on Titan and this meant an exclusive experience complete with super cute desserts.
My boyfriend Jayden and I are really big fans of AOT and knew that we couldn’t miss out on visiting. The Attack on Titan Pop Up Cafe was hosted by Animate Cafe, which is a part of the mega anime store Animate. All year round they host exclusive anime themed pop up cafes for all the new year anime that came out.
How to Visit the Attack on Titan Pop Up Cafe (進撃の巨人 の ポップアップカフ)
You have two options if you want to visit the cafe;
- Show up on the day you want to visit and get a reservation. If you get there early in the morning you will be able to secure one for that day.
- Make a reservation online through the Animate Cafe website. I would suggest this option if you are on a tight schedule and know the specific day you want to visit.
The Animate Cafe website is unfortunately all in Japanese, but have no fear as I made a super easy step by step guide on How to Make A Reservation at the Animate Cafe.
What it was like inside the Attack on Titan Pop Up Cafe (ポップアップカフェの中に)
Jayden and I struggled to find the right Animate Cafe, as there were three Animate Cafes all in the space of 2 blocks! Luckily I saw a small sign saying Animate Cafe and it was the right one.
For those of you who want to make a reservation online, make sure you bring a printed copy of the reservation along with your passport as they won’t let you in otherwise.
Inside they had a collection of Attack on Titan posters, cardboard cutouts and monitors playing the new season. Each table had a special menu featuring all Attack on Titan themed food and drinks. We were lucky to get some quick secret snapshots of the inside before being asked to put our cameras away.
I felt like my inner anime nerd was unleashed being inside the cafe, I loved being a part of a subculture that I rarely get to participate in here in Australia.
Attack on Titan Themed Food and Drinks (進撃の巨人 の食べ物や飲み物)
After being seated we quickly dived into the menu and it was so much fun looking at the creative ways they were representing the show through food.
The food they had on offer was:
- It’s been 11 years since Potato (I assume since the first Titan appeared)
- Jean’s Omurice
- A directive from the Commander Spaghetti
- The Wall Curry and Rice
- Kebab Set Sold by the Survey Corps with the Wings of Freedom
- Krista’s Nourishing Bread
- Mikasa’s red scarf Cream Roll
- Conny and Sasha’s Easter Set
- Armin’s Beyond the Wall Creme Brulee
They had an assortment of fancy sodas, teas, coffees and matcha latte designed after each character.
I chose the Conny and Sasha Easter Set and the Wings of Freedom Matcha Latte, while Jayden chose the Pancakes and Levi Tea Set. With every meal and drink you purchase you will get a cute free collectable coaster. The pop-up cafe happened to be at the same time as Easter so I thought it was adorable that all the character designs were wearing bunny ears or holding Easter eggs.
Why you should visit an Anime Pop Up Cafe (行きましょう!)
I totally love the concept of an anime themed pop-up cafe. It’s a chance to come and celebrate your favourite anime while eating and drinking cute things. We just don’t have anything like this in Australia (What’s it like in your country?) and I knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime experience. If you love anime and have a favourite show you’re watching at the moment then it’s definitely worth a visit.
Bonus News Announcement (公式発表)
Animate Cafe has announced another season of Attack on Titan x Animate Cafe. You will be able to visit the cafe from 30th August 2018 – 25th September 2018. For more information check the website here for details.
Want to experience anime culture in Japan?
- The Anime Lover’s Guide to Studio Ghibli Museum
- The Ultimate Guide to Anime Shopping in Den Den Town, Osaka
- 10 Must Visit Places in Akihabara, Tokyo for Anime Lovers