Inspired by the sprawling similar cafés in Japan, local business owners have started opening cafés that offer its visitors a unique experience: to play with cats. These “cat cafés” let you in for a small fee, and you can spend your dining experience with many breeds of felines. And, the staff will even teach you how to play with their furball residents. Here are 5 cat cafés in Singapore to make your heart go “purr”.
Cat Café Neko no Niwa
As Singapore’s first cat café, Neko no Niwa is one of the most prominent cat cafés in Singapore. Offering a quiet, lush and chill environment for patrons and its 13 adorable cats, the cat-petting experience here is definitely one of the most laid-back.
Besides its usual cat-petting operations, Neko no Niwa also conducts a series of informative workshops about cat care. Occasionally, they dabble in yoga workshops, where you can expect curious cats to tread around.
The “cuddle charge”, as is quaintly described on their website, is $15 for the first hour, and $5 for each subsequent half-hour. For those who would like to stay longer, a 3-hour pass goes for $24. Alternatively, grab a full-day cuddle pass for $32.
Students who stay for 3 hours or more are offered a free hot chocolate.
Drinks and desserts are available at the café, but are optional for patrons.
Address: 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 11am to 10pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 10pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Last entry at 9pm.
Telephone number: +65 6536 5319
Meomi cat café
One of Singapore’s newer cat cafés, Meomi cat café is located in the café-drowned street of Kampong Glam. Its cosy inside as the cafe limits the number of concurrent patrons and cats would be much more comfortable around a smaller number of strangers.
Look for the resident munchkin, Mario, along with 6 other residential cats.
Meomi charges $13 for the first hour of kitty-love, and $5 for each subsequent half hour. One drink is on the house.
Standard café fare is available, but not included in the entry fee.
Address: 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Operating hours: 11am to 10pm daily
Telephone number: +65 6296 0339
The Cat Café
Unlike the other cat cafés, The Cat Café charges customers for each entry, instead of each hour of their stay, making this café possibly one of the most affordable (if you intend to stay the whole day). Housing a variety of kitty playthings, including play towers, cute colours and scarves on the cats.
The Cat Café also houses 15 cats that were once strays or abandoned by their owners. Cats at the café can be adopted by visitors.
Admission is $15 for a full-day entry, and comes with a free soft drink.
Do look forward to feeding time, when the kitties will come out in a frenzy for their kitty treats.
Address: 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Monday: 3pm to 10pm.
Tuesdays to Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am to 10pm.
Telephone number: +65 6338 6815
The Company of Cats
Located in bustling Chinatown, the Company of Cats is both a cat café and a support for the Animal Lovers League, a non-profit organisation that gives lodging, food and care to abandoned dogs and cats.
The café’s adorable cat latte art is one of their attractions, which comes with the entry if you top up a bit more.
The 8 residential cats blend into the café’s warm and inviting atmosphere. The large plushy, cat-friendly furniture and cozy corners makes the place one of the most relaxing experiences.
Entry into the “cat room” is $14 for the first hour, and $5 for each subsequent half-hour.
If you visit on a weekday, you get a discount for the first hour – $10 instead of $14
Address: 6B Mosque Street (Level 2), Singapore 059486
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm to 10pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 10pm.
Closed on Monday.
Telephone number: +65 6220 3835
Lion City Kitty Museum
While not a cat café, a special mention is required for the Lion City Kitty Museum as it is literally a cat-lover’s paradise. The museum is a social enterprise founded as a way to change Singaporeans’ attitudes towards cats seen on the streets and to create an interest in the heritage of our local felines.
Besides the chance to interact with the residential cats, the Museum also houses cat-related artwork (for sale!) and a lot of information about cats – in Singapore and around the world.
The residential cats are cleverly named after famous idols, such as Brad Pitt, Shakira and Usher. The top floor houses 9 of such cats, who have made the Lion City Kitty Museum their main home.
Otherwise, you can also adopt a cat straight from the premises. The museum will also give you information on how you can take care for your new feline friend.
Admission to the cat museum costs $9. Feel free to stay as long as you like.
Address: #02-02, 8 Purvis Street, Singapore 188587
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Thursday and Friday: 4pm to 7pm.
Saturday: 1pm to 3.30pm, 4pm to 7pm.
Sunday: 1pm to 3.30pm, 4pm to 6.30pm
Telephone number: +65 6336 2133