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Princess For A Day At The Foreign Butler Café!

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If your life’s ambition is to be waited on hand and foot by a handsome foreign man in tie and tails, get thee to the Butlers Cafe on the double! Not only will you be presented with a tiara to wear for the occasion, ringing the antique bell will bring the servant of your dreams running, with a, “Yes, my princess?” and a winning smile.

The tiara

According to the website, the butlers come from all over the world: England, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Turkey, South Africa, and Thailand. And all are graduates of “Butler University”! Let’s meet one of them, shall we?


Butler Eli (who is 183 cm tall and comes from France) tells us that his hobby is playing classical guitar, what he’d most like to do on his day off is pick roses in the castle garden, that he turns to the head butler Kazu for advice on how to be the perfect man. He thinks he’d be good at teaching butler’s manners, and the nicest thing anyone can say to him is to choose him as their butler, even though he modestly claims not to be at all attractive. (And because this is Japan, I bet the other thing we know about him is that he wouldn’t have been hired if he couldn’t make charming conversation with his Japanese customers in the lingua franca, so he’s probably put in boatloads of time studying for the JLPT Level One. Good to know that it qualifies you not only for the diplomatic service, but to elegantly dish up tea and scones!)

And what treats might be on offer for La Princesse Du Jour? You can go full monty with the “Princess Course” for $45 (Welcome Drink, Appetizer & Salad, Special Pasta, Main Course, Dessert Selection, Tea, and a Special Present) in the curtained booth ($5 extra per person charge), or sit at a regular table next to all the other royals and indulge in anything from Sea Urchin Carbonara ($15) to a stack of pancakes ($12). Tea is of course served in heart-shaped cups.


All photos from Kera’s Boku magazine.

Update: Sadly, the Butler Cafe has closed ( ; _ ; )

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

13 thoughts on “Princess For A Day At The Foreign Butler Café! Leave a comment

    • Thanks for posting that! It’ll be interesting to see how the Original Pancake House does in Tokyo! I’ll check it out next time I’m there. Love that they had to give in and sell beer.

    • I thought that too, until I met some friends who occasionally go to a butler cafe in Akihabara! Not that they’re necessarily representative (they’re cosplayer/goth/visual kei types), but their reason for going is that it satisfies a different kind of fantasy than a host club! I love that all kinds of womens’ fantasies get catered to in Japan – even if it’s having a hot butler at your beck and call!

  1. That sounds soooo cool! You don’t need a Japanese escort to go to one of these butler cafes like you do for host clubs, do you?

    • No escort needed! You absolutely can go to a butler café, even if you don’t speak Japanese, or have a Japanese friend with you. The butlers at the café I wrote about in this post are all foreign guys, so although they do meet the cuteness standard, it’s not quite as exotic as going to a butler café with Japanese butlers. If you want to try the kind with Japanese butlers, I suggest Swallowtail, in the Ikebukuro neighborhood of Tokyo. Here is their website – it’s in Japanese, but there’s a button for making a reservation in English!

      But you’d better come back and tell me about it if you go!

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