There’s some weird connection between being in AMWF relationship and having a cat. Of course it’s not a rule but Instagram says it all. I sometimes laugh to my husband it’s like a starter kit for an animal owner’. Especially since most of Asian men I know, with all the respect, want to have an animal that has the size of dog, fluffiness of a teddy bear and needs of a pet-rock and cats somehow seem to the closest to what they expect. Just some food, occasionally belly rub, some more food and clean toilet. Don’t get me wrong, Sing got his ‘My first pet’ kit as well, you all know her as Biscuit or That Little Damn Smelly Ball of Fur Farted Again, so you’re not alone! And once you get a cat you cannot come back, your social media will be your cat’s social media and even the manliest of men cannot resist that big shiny eyes. Look at my dad, he went from ‘Why did you need to adopt it’ to ‘I will send her some toys in the next package for you’.
I’m also crazy cat lady myself so when one time by accident I found out there’s a cat cafe in Hong Kong there was no way I will go to Hong Kong and not visit that place. I had to go alone since Sing was busy, but I know that somehow animals are scared of him so at least I could get the full attention of the cats that live there.
I was amazed, I didn’t expect it’s SOOOO CAT-ISH. I mean, cats were literally everywhere – on the pillows, on the walls, on the food. Crazy cat lady’s heaven. It was dominated by women and young girls, but the place itself wasn’t too crowded, even though it was a lunch time.
When you go in the girls who work there will give you a free membership card, I honestly don’t know why because I haven’t received any e-mails from them but the card itself makes a really cute souvenir.
Personally there’s one thing in this cat cafe that gets two thumbs up from me – the rules of treating the cats. I was scared people will be showing their love in the way Sing does – run after the cats and force them to pose to the photos etc., but the owner made sure everyone will know the rules, know how and when to pet a cat. It’s all written in a very cute and funny way. I loved the love story between Cat Prince and The Massager! Funny and stays in your mind!
When it goes to food and drinks I had a tough choice to chose, literally when I ordered the cake of the day I had to ask the girl who works there to chose it for me because all of them were super cute. In the end besides the cake I ordered a set of cat-shaped cookies and Pomelo Snow Drink. I loved every single one of them, ESPECIALLY the cake and the drink. As a huge pomelo fan there was no other thing for me to chose, but as you can see in the pictures below, the choice of food is really big. Snacks, desserts, drink, meals, even a lunch special. I saw many people taking things from the lunch menu, but I couldn’t resist and I made my trip totally cat-styled.
My cake of the day turned out to be a cheesecake. I was scared, because I got traumatized with American style-cheesecake which is super sweet and even I can’t handle it, but this one was perfectly sweet with a biscuit at the bottom. Not my Biscuit of course. As for cookies they were just cute, regular butter and chocolate cookies. Safe choice. You can also buy some more sweets as a gift for your friends. I wanted to get one for Sing but probably wouldn’t be as excited as I was about it.
As for the kitties themselves – they were pretty calm, I think it was their sleeping time, but that’s fine. There was also a tiny kitten running around who was a star, everyone were just like ‘Awwww’, I wanted to kidnap it but probably. Like really kidnap. And what really surprised me is with so many cats the place is extremely clean, doesn’t smell, I didn’t have fur in food. Now I wonder what’s wrong with Biscuit. So if you’re concerned that cats keep walking freely – don’t be, I can guarantee it’s really clean.
Overall, I loved the experience with Ah Meow Cafe. It was clean, quite, nice, staff was really helpful and smiling, food was good, wished cats loved me a little bit more, but in the end – they are cats. Everyone could leave a piece of themselves in the cafe, I left mine too. It made the place more personal than I would expect. You can even send out a card to your friends or family! How great is that?
And don’t forget – they offer an adoption service! So if you fall in love with any of the kitties you can ask them for details!
I think the only disadvantage of this place is the location – even though it’s been there for a long time, since it’s so hard to find it, many of my local friends didn’t even know they have a cat cafe in Causeway Bay! I made you a Google Street View picture of the exact entrance. I was going around the building like 8 times until one handsome Hongkonger showed me the way. Imagine what love story it could be, if I wasn’t married. I wouldn’t even need to change the domain of my blog! Anyway, the address is:
Po Ming Building, Level 3
2-6 Foo Ming Street
All you need to do is go inside that hidden gate, take an elevator to the 3rd floor, turn left and turn left again. Or just follow the cats on the walls.
Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Or maybe you had a chance to visit this one? What do you think of this type of places? Share your experience and stories! 🙂
PS If you live in San Francisco Bay Area be sure to check CatTown Cafe in Oakland- it’s not the japanese style cat cafe, it’s more like an adoption center with a coffee stand but I think it’s really a great chance for cats and since the opening, over 70 cats been adopted so far!