Today we went to a Cat cafe! (My future dream business.) There are a few in Bangkok but we’d read online that this place allowed you to pick-up cats without a hefty fine (unlike others.)
It was quite tricky to find and taxi drivers weren’t sure where it was so we had to get someone to write down directions in Thai as it’s in a new development that isn’t quite finished yet and the cafe is one of the only businesses currently open there.
It’s called Cara Meow Cat Cafe and it’s inside a developement called Vanilla Moon along Chan Road near the river. It cost us (in a metered taxi) approx 135 baht to get there in traffic from Hua Lamphong so it is quite a distance but definitely worth it.
We arrived just as they had opened at 11am and had the place to ourselves until 12.30pm when one other customer came in. There were approx eight cats of different colours and breeds.
When you enter you must remove your shoes and replace them with slippers provided and wash your hands with hand-gel. One of the cats came bounding up to me as I undid my shoe laces, immediately wanting to play. You’re expected to buy a drink and a sandwich or other snack. We had delicious ice coffees and rather large sandwiches for a reasonable price. They also offered pasta, hot drinks and a few cakes.
There’s a large comfy seating area with various different cat toys that you can get down on the floor and play with. There was a separate area just for cats so they could sleep and eat in peace and the kitchen/food counter is off-limits to the cats so it was kept hygienic.
We spent an hour and a half with the cats watching them play, trying to tempt them with various toys and idly stroking them when they slept. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and definitely an enjoyable way to spend the morning with a coffee.
Apparently they have a Facebook page, but we’re not on Facebook so I don’t know, but if you’re in Bangkok and are interested you’re more likely to get exclusive cat cuddles here as they’re so quiet (at least for now!)
Here are our photos :