If you’ve visited Causeway Bay’s cat cafe but avoided Mongkok’s maid cafes on the grounds they might be a bit awkward, then congrats – as you were probably right.
Japanese-style ‘Meido Kafes‘ are a kind of cosplay restaurant that originated in Tokyo’s tech/’geek’ district of Akihabara – an area comparable to Sham Shui Po, albeit on steroids.
Waitresses don a traditional French Maid petticoat, pinafore and stockings – some also wear cat ears for all-important ‘added cuteness’.
Originally designed to cater to the fantasies of male fans of anime, manga and video games, the maid trope has been popularised and the cafes are now frequented by teenagers, couples, tourists and businesspeople of all ages and both genders.
The maids at Mongkok’s ‘Moe Maid Cafe‘ are – thankfully – not as excruciatingly ‘verge-of-tears’ submissive as their Japanese counterparts. You are still addressed as ‘master’ and customers can ‘summon’ them with a bell. However, the dulcet, whispered tones of Japanese have been replaced with a rather amplified, brazen MK-style Cantonese.
‘Maid Moe’ refers to a Japanese concept – the adoration of innocent-looking female characters… It is difficult to tell where on the line the whole idea sits between harmless fantasy-made-real and degrading-creepy-fetish. The themes of cuteness and innocence make it all the more blurry.
Photography is restricted but you can pose with a maid, like in the shot below, for HK$50 – so y’all best brush up on your Asian Poses.
Note that the drinks are sickly sweet – to the degree that they are pretty impossible to consume unless you’re resigned to contracting insta-diabetes.
Moe Maid Cafe on Facebook. Flat B, 5/F, Fook Tai Building, 24-26 Soy Street, Mong Kok.
Places to see off-the-beaten-track and attractions to visit across the city…
- Beautiful Bride’s Pool Waterfalls.
- Causeway Bay’s Cat Cafe.
- Escape Hong Kong at ‘Freeing HK’, Mongkok.
- Exploring the Abandoned ‘Haunted’ TV Studios in Ho Chung.
- Fung Hang Abandoned Village.
- HK’s Best Beach, Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay), Sai Kung.
- HK’s Wild South West: Shek Pik to Tai O.
- Hong Kong’s Abandoned ‘Ghost Island’, Yim Tin Tsai.
- How to See Fireflies in Hong Kong.
- Kuk Po Abandoned Village.
- Lion Rock & Beacon Hill.
- Motocross Dirt Biking in Sheung Shui.
- Official Map of Hong Kong Island’s New Hos.
- Shing Mun Redoubt, HK’s Secret WWII Tunnels.
- Sunrise on Hong Kong’s Farthest Flung & Wildest Island.
- Tap Mun (Grass Island).
- The Cattle Depot Artist Village.
- The Hakka Walled Village of Tsang Tai Uk, Sha Tin.