There are a large number of stores that carry anime goods, such as figurines, keychains or cards. In recent years, collaboration cafes have been gaining the most attention.
This article is about the most well-known collaboration café in Akihabara, GOOD SMILE×Animate Café.
They regularly collaborate with different anime and change their products and complete interior accordingly.
Animate is a popular anime store chain in Japan that sells high-quality goods. Since Smile×Animate Café is run by Animate Group, all products sold there are also incredibly well-made, as well as the decorations and menu.
Not all anime and games they feature are that well-known but the café is always beautifully decorated and the menu has lots of delicious-looking items on it, that it is still worth a visit even if you are not familiar with the current theme.
GOOD SMILE×Animate Café is merely 4 minutes from JR Akihabara, on the 5th floor of AKIBA Cultures ZONE which was introduced in a previous article. It is a shopping complex full of anime and game stores.
When you exit the escalator on the 5th floor you will see a massive cosplay store ACOS Akihabara that carries a substantial inventory of anime-related costumes, wigs, and accessories.
GOOD SMILE×Animate Café information board is on the right.
As shown in the picture, the café is located inside ACOS Akihabara.
The pictures were taken during the collaboration with popular game Idolish 7, often also known as Ai Nana. The theme was called Chinana café, combining the name of the game and Chinese food menu created for the collaboration.
For every purchase that exceeds 200 yen, you get one collectible bromide photo.
「Chinana cafe」 part of seasonal menu
- Shoyu ramen with a souvenir：1900円
- Chinese food assortment plate：950円
- Fujian fried rice with shrimps：950円
- Doughnut-style rice：950円
- Dumpling set：950円
- Shaved ice with flavored syrup：800円
On the bottom right of the menu, there is a list of goods they sell at the register.
You can also check information about current and future collaborations on their home page.
Since it has gained a lot of popularity recently, you may need a reservation to get in which you can also do on their homepage.
It is a rather unique café that changes completely every season and yet manages to completely adapt the atmosphere and menu to every collaboration.
1-7-6, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
- 5F, AKIBA Culture ZONE, 7-6, Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo To, 101-0021, Japan
- JR Akihabara – 4 minutes from Electric Town exit
- Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Akihabara station – 9 minutes from exit number 2
- Tsukuba Express Akihabara station – 7 minutes from A1 exit
- Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Suihirocho station – 5 minutes from exit number 3