Robots are taking over Japan! It was a matter of time, right? Deep in the heart of Shibuya is a place with a familiar name, ‘Henn na Cafe.’ Which literally means, ‘strange cafe’ in Japanese. What makes this cafe so strange? This lazy eyed robot that makes customers their coffee and serves delicious snacks to compliment their drinks.
If you’ve been following me for quite some time, then you know that I had introduced a similar place related to Henna Cafe called Henna Hotel. Both places house robots as staff members. Even the fish in the fish tank are robotic. None the less, both of these places embrace an eerie atmosphere as no human staff seem to be around. Everything is computerized and done with the help of friendly dinosaurs, androids, and small, unhatched creatures.
If you’d like to discover the Henna Hotel and what is has to offer, the video is linked above!
As for the Henna Cafe, walking into it wasn’t as big as I had thought it was going to be. It was one big room linked to other shops and services.
Basically, the Henna Cafe was a small portion of the basement of Modi Department Store. Even though it was slightly disappointing, This cafe is great if you’d like to take a break, get some work done, or just simply enjoy a cup of joe and free wifi.
You’ll come up to a screen with a coffee and snack menu. You must make each order separately.
Choose your beverage and insert your coins in the slot at the bottom of the machine. The machine will then spit out a QR code for the robot barista to read.
Once you have your ticket, don’t forget to grab your change and head on over to the counter to let mr. robot know what you’d like. Scan the QR code and watch as the robot goes to work.
The thing I loved the most about this robot are his lazy eyes that watch you as he makes your drink- almost as if he doesn’t want to work like most people during their 9 to 5.
If you’d like to get some work done at this cafe, there are plugs to charge your computers or phones as well as wifi for your convenience.
A cafe latte costs around ¥350 and is worth the cost as the cups are pretty large for Japan. I was definitely happy with what I got!
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