I always adored visiting themed cafes even when I was still living in the Philippines. Do you really think I’d miss out on the adorable fluffballs that Bangkok has to offer? Truth be told, I knew Bangkok had some unusually exciting nightlife. Yet, I never really expected this city to cater to my crazy cat lady slash animal whims. It’s been graciously showering me with plenty of foreign friends that introduced some of these cafés—and thankfully, none of these did disappoint!
Of Munchkin Cats and Fluffy White Kitties: Caturday Cat Café
Caturday Cat Cafe is a delight to visit and I’m sure this won’t be the last time that I come over. Out of all the cat cafés I have gone to, they probably have the biggest play area and largest collection of fluffballs available to cuddle. They donned the walls with humorous royal cat paintings, a hollow TV sleeping area and wooden cat cribs. They even filled the entire place with cat-themed trinkets, ranging from kittens riding a rollercoaster, kitty sinks and treats for both kittens and hoomans. I decided to quench my thirst with a raspberry smoothie and a mini red velvet cake on the side. Upon looking around, I found out that they even sell cat collectibles, including USBs, shirts and tote bags.
All I know is that these cat breeds are pretty expensive and fortunately, they are well taken care of by the staff. I even got to meet my dream kitty named Cylop. He’s the fluffy white kitty featured on most photos. Practically cuddled him all day and almost didn’t want to leave his side when it was time to go home. Also, credits to my friend Matt for coming along and for sharing some of the photos.
Caturday Cat Cafe
115 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Contact No.: +66 2 656 5247
Instagram Acct.: caturdaycatcafe
Operational Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12PM-9PM;
Saturday to Sunday, 11AM-9PM
*Near BTS Ratchathewi
Of Caracal Cats and Raccoons: The Animal Café
The Animal Cafe boasts exotic pets, such as a very shy fox, mischievous raccoons, creepy owls and playful caracal cats. This was definitely a first for me because I haven’t seen most of these animals before, let alone get to actually hug and play with them. I admit I was kind of scared at first, but seeing their pet-like qualities got me more comfortable.
Whenever I’m visiting these types of cafes, I always try to determine if the staff take care of them because the comfort and safety of these pets should be in their best interest. I wouldn’t really know how they treat them behind closed doors, but they seemed to be in good condition. However, I do feel sad for the raccoons who were too big for their small cages that they can’t even stretch properly. They were pretty happy roaming around the play area, trying to pull off customers’ items, but the management has to do something with their sleep areas.
On the other hand, I also got worried about the small fox here. Foxes were never really social animals, which is no surprise when this particular one started screaming when he woke up to a dozen of cameras pointing at his face. I doubt this paparazzi moment is a first for him and I doubt this will be the last. Fortunately, the staff treated him nice and hugged him until he was finally calm. Other than that, every pet there seemed to be healthy and happy.
The Animal Cafe
Sathu Pradit 19 Alley, Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa,
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok
Contact No.: +66 2 674 0277
Instagram Acct.: the_animal_cafe
Operational Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11AM-10PM
Of Rainbows and Unicorns: Unicorn Café
I know, I know. Unicorn Cafe doesn’t really belong to this list, but they are technically mythical creatures. I’ve always been a fan of anything symbolic of happiness and unicorns are one of them. This particular cafe screams everything girly, from its rainbow themed walls, unicorn ceiling murals and colorful treats. Just like Caturday Cat Cafe, this one also sells unicorn-themed treats, keychains, mugs, power banks and other collectibles. You can even borrow adorable unicorn pullovers and dress up as the mythical being. I had the best mini reunion and amatuer-ish photoshoots with my friends, Emme and Mike here, who’d I’d also like to thank for the great photos.
Suffice to say, Bangkok has a lot to offer than just the temples, the shopping markets and the night life. You can relive your crazy cat lady self here, dress up as a mythical creature and hug exotic pets on your spare time.