EORZEA Cafe — Final Fantasy themed restaurant in Akihabara!

I have a horrible confession to make — I don’t play any video games, I don’t watch anime, I don’t read manga. It’s not that I don’t like them or think they’re inferior to the traditional culture of Japan and I absolutely don’t take pride in not-liking them — it’s just, I don’t know, I was more into visual kei, fashion and history. It doesn’t mean that Akihabara bores me, no! It’s quite the opposite. Because I never got into that culture myself, it’s really interesting for me to see it. And I get to see it in the place of it’s origin, which makes it even better. In my last blog update I mentioned watching Ghibli Studio cartoons for the first time at the age of 19, which I regret hadn’t happened earlier. I quickly realized there was so much more to see, learn and discover and movies and cartoons were a good way to do that. After absolutely magical Ghibli creations, I decided to get a glimpse of the world of fantasy made in Japan. And that was when I watched Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. I’ll be honest here — I don’t remember much, but I do remember I liked it. Is it a good enough reason to check out the new Final Fantasy themed restaurant in Akihabara? Of course it is!

 

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FINAL FANTASY EORZEA Cafe

PASELA RESORTS AKIBA Multi Entertainment 2F
1-1-10 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening times: 11:30-22:00

(actually, what served as in inspiration here was Final Fantasy XIV, not Final Fantasy VII)

website (JP)

map (you should check it carefully, even though it’s like 3 minutes from AKB station, I still managed to get lost)

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I have to admit that I don’t have enough knowledge about Final Fantasy to try and pretend to be an expert here, so I will resort to some reliable sources I’ve found online.

→ Final Fantasy Wiki ←

“Square Enix and Pasela’s collaborated Eorzea Cafe is a Final Fantasy XIV themed cafe located in Tokyo’s Akihabara. Opened 31st July 2014, the cafe is modeled after the Carline Canopy, an in-game location, and is named after Eorzea, the region where Final Fantasy XIV takes place. The décor uses details from the game, such as weapons, armor, and moogles, as well as a giant map of the world. The cafe has computers where patrons can play the game. The food and drinks served at the cafe are Final Fantasy themed; the menu has 33 articles of food, and 28 articles of drink. Many of the drinks are named and presented after alchemy recipes familiar from the game.”

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 The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of Pasela Resorts, just a stone’s throw away from Akihabara Station. When we finally arrived at the 2nd floor, ready to grab some of that Final Fantasy inspired noms, two nice ladies greeted us and asked if we had a reservation, which, apparently we did not have. One of the ladies asked when would be good for us, 4PM or 7PM, and then I realized that I should have probably checked their website before actually turning up at the place. What we should have known about but we had no idea at that time was….

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….THIS.

Don’t repeat my mistake and be aware that there are actualy only 4 tours when clients can come in and enjoy the real-world Eorzea for a limited time of 2 hours.

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 We could take as many photos as we pleased and naturally I took the opportunity to snap a million shots, so here’s my photo guide for all of you who plan to visit Eorzea Cafe.

Weapons hanging on the walls, looking cool and stuff.

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Some more weapons, magic creatures and probably a video of the game being played by someone.

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Eat delicious food and play Final Fantasy aka geek paradise! I don’t play computer games myself, but I think this idea is pretty darn awesome.

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THIS IS COOL.

Voted the best restaurant interior element I’ve seen to date. (Voted by me and only me.)

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Magic potions being made….

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Moogles! It was the first time to actually see these creatures, but look how adorable they are! Awwwwww ♥

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Time to take a look at the…

MENU!

 

Drinks like Garuda, Bahamut, Titan, Good King Moggle Mog, Leviathan, Odin… Sounds familar? Yes or no, you’ll have fun choosing from a rather rich menu.

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Our magic potions ♥

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 FOOD!

Pizza named after Infrit — a powerful demon “with control over scorching flames hot enough to turn the whole world to ashes”? Or Camp Bentbranch vegetable quiche? Feeling like nibbling on something sweet? How about Moogle honey toast then?

<I may not know much about FFXIV but I did my research>

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And my magnificent 岩神タイタンの大地の重み! It can be translated as Titan Yagami and the weight of the Earth…? Anyway, it was pretty decent! Not the best burger I’ve had in my life, but they bought me with that fancy Titan seaweed. Remember, if you want to impress me, get me some Titan seaweed.

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If you feel you’re so hungry you could eat a horse, don’t order the steak. Japan is the country of miniature stuff, miniature dogs, furniture, apartments. And steaks.

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FREE STUFF!

 Every time we placed an order, each of us got a coaster. Since we placed quite a few, we ended up with like 20 of them. I still don’t know what to do with them, but YAY freebies!

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All in all! Going there was fun and I really liked the interior. I mean, look again at that stained glass thing. The weapons, the Moogle statues, and the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in a restaurant — actual gaming PCs! The food and drinks were okay, a bit pricy though, but I expected that, no surprises here. As a person, who knows nothing about FFXIV I enjoyed my experience at EORZEA Cafe. I can only imagine how exciting it has to be for the fans!

Final verdict: RECOMMEND!

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Big thanks to this lovely couple, Kim and Micky, for being such lovely companions! Thank you guys for everything!

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 Thanks for reading and please let me know if you decide to check out Eorzea Cafe after reading my thoughts ♥

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13 thoughts on “EORZEA Cafe — Final Fantasy themed restaurant in Akihabara!

  1. Great photos of a great place. Regarding anime, etc.

    You might like anime if you found one that resonates with you. I love anime, but to be honest I don’t care for a large % of it. Saying you don’t watch anime is almost like saying you don’t watch movies. There ae so many types. If you have a research interest in Japan history, perhaps you could view some that take place or feature characters from Japanese history.
    If you find one that has meaning for you, write about it on WP.

    I also don’t read a lot of manga. Some libraries are good at stocking it, but it is an expensive habit. I would have to give up smoking, drinking, sniffing glue,* etc . to support a manga habit. Again, maybe you just have not found the one that resonates with you.

    Games: I am late to Japanese games myself. It was my SON who taught me to like Pokemon.

    It may actually be a disadvantage to live near Akihabara. Meaning, you may be so overwhelmed with so much media, finding a film or game that suits your tastes might be “like looking for a needle in a haystack” (American expression)

    *Denny’s hyperbole

    • Wow, that’s one long comment 🙂
      I watched anime as a child, without even realizing it was anime (Sailor Moon, Pokemon, stuff for kids basically). I have read one manga which turned out to be Korean, I remember it was called “Priest” and I liked it, but that was the only one manga I have read in my entire life. Games…Need For Speed when I was 12. Currently, I am busy with so many things, I don’t even watch TV, I rarely have time to watch movies / read books, let alone play computer games etc. If I tried to find something interesting, I’d probably succeed, but simply, I have no time for that 🙂

      PS “looking for a needle in a haystack” is a Polish expression too, word by word, only in Polish 🙂

  2. Ah you’re not alone. I never play video game and I don’t really watch anime or read manga either. My interest in Japan came from fashion and vk too :).
    I didn’t even know they had a final fantasy cafe 😮

    That stain glass window is gorgeous! I want to visit for that alone.

  3. I only game very, very occasionally, so my only experience with FF is watching Advent Children and my friends play Lightning Returns (one of the XIII games) but I would love to visit! Looks really cool (:

  4. Oh my gosh, this is like the most amazing cafe’ ever! (OK, that might be a tiny bit of an overstatement lol) I am a HUGE Final Fantasy fan. I actually have only played 10, 10-2 & 12, but I’ve scene the cut-scenes for 6-10 & 13 and I absolutely fell in love with the series. If I’m ever in Japan I will totally have to come here. I was literally squealing just looking at the pictures lol! Studio Ghibli rocks!! I grew up watching Castle in the sky, Kiki’s delivery service, and spirited away. I’ve also seen the one with Arriety, I really loved that one. As for anime, the only anime I have ever watched and like is Lucky-star. This isn’t that I dislike anime, it’s just that it stresses me out, especially sword of art online, I could only watch the first episode of that before getting way to stressed out. lol (I AM trying to make an anime though. I’m hoping to put it on YouTube.) As for Manga, I have only ever read one, and unfortunately It was actually pretty inappropriate (I’m Cristian and I have like really high standards that I’m really happy I have because they keep my life safer and more pleasant) Anyway so I had a bad experience and so I haven’t really tried to get into more Manga. Anyway this is really awesome and I LOVE your blog! (I just stumbled into it by looking up Final Fantasy inspired things ironically enough.) 😀 I’d say I’ve officially rambled (you can tell I’m excited lol)

    • Oh and Final Fantasy Advent children is my fave movie ever (The new version/expansion the other one is an alright movie, but the expansion is amazing. best movie of all time, in my opinion, since you know it really means nothing lol) Also I LOVE Crisis Core it’s my favorite FF, It has the most well done story I have ever scene/experienced/whatever lol. (I want to become a writer for both scripts and books so I LOVE a good story)

    • Haha thank you, your comments are so nice 🙂 Yes, Ghibli! I was really lucky to have a chance to see the real-life Spirited Away town in Taiwan – it was magic! Like I mentioned in the post I have seen only Advent Children but I might try watching more! Thanks to you! 🙂

  5. Is there an age restriction to get in? My friend is coming to Japan and he wants to bring his brother. I haven’t seen anywhere about an age restriction, so I’m guessing it’s fine?

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