Japan 2016: EkoNeko

I seemed to be naturally drawn to cat cafes when I am overseas. Perhaps it’s the attachment I have to my cat, being away from my cat makes me feel a little… empty and void of furry-loving.

While my travel mates went mildly hysterical at Pokemon Centre at Ikebukuro, I took a short train ride out to EkoNeko.

Alight at Ekoda and walk through this alley

You can read more about EkoNeko on Rocket News. The concept is quite simple: All of the cats are rescued and up for adoption. The cat cafe serves as a temporary foster home for potential adopters to spend time with the cats. However, you can’t just pick up a cat and head home, there is a stringent interview process to ensure your commitment and responsibility.

The entrance fee for an hour is 1100Y with proceeds going into the upkeep of these strays. The staff doesn’t speak much English but enough to understand your request.

The cat cafe is about an apartment size big with plenty of cat toys, climbing posts and cages all around. No nasty smells.

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Kyoto sight: Neko Cafe Time

Not interested in the hike at Fushimi Inari?

Love cats?

Your answer: Neko Cafe Time.

Compared to the other cat cafes I’ve been to in Osaka, Neko Cafe Time feels a lot homelier and humble than the other cafes. The cats from Neko Cafe Time are all rescued cats, hence, you don’t see any of those Russian Blues or Ragdolls but the everyday cats that you’d spot on the streets.

It depends on what type of cat cafe experience you’re looking for I suppose.

Me, I just wanted a cool place with air-conditioning (while waiting for my sister and D to hike) and maybe a drink to hide out from the terrible heat. Even better, if there is wifi. Make my day better-er with cats!

Price available on their website.

Cafe overlooks the river, such a pretty sight!

I think the cafe will be even prettier in spring with cherry blossoms blooming.

As with most cat cafes, you’re required to place your shoes outside and sanitise your hands.

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Osaka: Cat Tail Cafe

I told myself I wouldn’t go actively look for another cat cafe when I was in Osaka but I stumbled onto Cat Tail cafe in America Town.. It was a sign that I had to go in.

If you only have the cash to go to one cat cafe, I totally recommend Cat Tail. If I’m not wrong, it’s 1200Y for 60 minutes with a free drink.

This is probably my third or fourth cat cafe and ranks high on my list in Osaka!

  • When you check in, you pay your entrance fee and will be asked to keep your belongings in a locker.
  • You will then be handed a lanyard with your time slot.
  • The host will lead you to your seat and pass you a menu. Order your drink and start exploring!

There is three spaces: Two rooms and a reception area that you are free to wander.

I was there on a weekday afternoon, about 12 noon and the cats were active. There were only 1-3 other guests.

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Bangkok 2015: Cataholic Cafe

I really liked Cataholic Cafe – because it is the only cat cafe I’ve been to where there are more cats than humans. You don’t feel that you’re overwhelmed and also, there are so much opportunities to interact with the cats.

It’s located in this very quiet suburban mall called Ozono where animal-friendly restaurants are located.

You know how some cats feel tired of humans at cat cafes and tend to hide away? The Cataholic cats seemed so secure and comfortable around humans.

I was there about 4pm and there was only one other patron. As compared to the other bigger cat cafes, Cataholic is much smaller in scale. However, Cataholic also does not have as many cats as compared to Purr Cat Club or Caturday so I think it all evens out.

Panorama of the cafe!

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Bangkok 2015: Caturday Cafe

Visiting cat cafes overseas now is like my thing to do. Cat cafes in Bangkok are probably one of the cheapest cat cafes globally. There is no cover charge, you’re expected to order a drink only!

As compared to the other cat cafes in Bangkok, Caturday is centrally located and within easy access to the BTS station. You’re saved from the heat!

  1. Drop at Ratchathewi BTS, take exit 2
  2. Go down the bridge, turn left, spot Guts restaurant and walk through the car park

Spot Guts and you’re there

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Bangkok 2014: Makura Cat Cafe Second Visit

So if you’re a frequent reader, you probably realise,

“Hey this chick goes to Bangkok like an annual pilgrim.”

DING DING DING

You’re almost correct! I was in Bangkok in November 2014 (not really by choice but because of a work trip so I took the opportunity to extend my trip for a couple of days to visit my favourite haunts.

I was at Makura Cat Cafe when it newly opened in 2013 and what a difference a year made. I didn’t bring a digital camera, hence, images taken on my iPhone.

Typically, for every country, I like to visit at least one cat cafe!

Generally speaking, I feel that the cats are overwhelmed by the visitors already. Hence, they tend to be a little more “I don’t really want to play” attitude.

You can purchase a treat for the kitties to overwhelm you. HA.

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Bangkok: Purr Cat Cafe

On my last day since I wasn’t able to shop as my luggage is all packed and ready to go, I thought I’ll spend a relatively chill-out day, checking out the much raved about Purr Cat Cafe. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that this cafe was opened by a celebrity. It’s pretty much a one stop shop for all feline stuff. There’s a salon for grooming, you can get cat supplies and pick up some kitschy tokens.

The cafe is located some distance away from the city centre, in a residential estate. I would say it’s kind of in the uptown/upscale area.

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Bangkok sight: Makura Cat Cafe

Well, we intended to head to Talad Rot Fai but we stumbled upon Makura Cat Cafe. I hadn’t had any inkling of this cat cafe’s existence but hey, lady luck must be on my side. It’s right on the way into Talad Rot Fai, opposite the rows of Thai bars/cafes.

It was also Halloween night so the cat cafe was decked in Halloween festivities. But no trick or trick sadly! There is a little basin at the entrance of the cafe. All patrons are required to wash their hands before entering. If you had googled cat cafe Bangkok, you’re likely to find Purr Cat Club. I’d say skip Purr Cat Club and come here instead.

The cats are pretty fun and active and they oblige humans. It was a more enjoyable and interactive experience as compared to the other cat cafe I’ve been to in Hong Kong. It’s a new cafe, having opened only in July 2013.

It’s separated into two segments, the other side is elevated. BUT it doesn’t protect you from the kitties.

One of my favourite cats! This cat has a thing for bags

Makura Cat Cafe
Address: Srigarindra Rd. Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: 12-10.30pm on Wed, Fri-Sun, 12-9pm on all other days
Directions: I alighted at Udom Suk BTS and took a cab that costs about 80 Baht. It’s right behind Seacon Square