I have always been a cat lover. I grew up with many kitties before I moved out from my parent’s home – my mom currently has six cats. Now I am living in a condo in Bangkok so it is not convenient to have a cat. Couple of months ago I walked pass a construction site in soi Sukhumvit 53 and I was very pleased to see a sign ‘Cat café coming soon’.
The concept of cat cafes isn’t exactly new as it first began in Taiwan in 1998 and has become popular in Japan where many city dwellers are keen to spend time with cats as well as other cat loving people. Now my little “cat paradise” has opened here in Bangkok offering a chance to pet cats and enjoy great bakery products. I visited “Purr Cat Café Club” last Saturday. This place has two zones: one for owners to bring their own cats and one where people can play with the store’s own 13 adorable fluffy cats. Their quality dessert and drinks are prepared by Le Cordon Bleu chef.
When you enter the café, a friendly staff will ask you to take off your shoes and wear slippers, wash your hands, and understand the rules i.e. don’t wake up the sleeping cats, don’t feed the cats.
You don’t need to pay for the entrance fees and can enjoy your time with the furry friends as long as you prefer.
The place also has a cat grooming salon, and gallery where you can purchase cat-themed artworks created by the owner. The owner plan to open a cat hotel in 2013.
(Tue-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sun 11am-9pm. Sukhumvit Soi 53, BTS Thong Lor Exit 1, 02-108-3604)
Learn Thai with Mod Key learning points:
แมว /maew/ cat
ลูกแมว /lûuk maew/ kitty
ขนมหวาน /kà-nŏm wăan/ dessert