The Cat Cafe culture have been around for a few years in certain parts of Japan, and have recently caused some ‘feline-fever’ within Asia. I was not aware of cat cafes existing in Thailand until my friend mentioned about Purr Cat Cafe Club while we were having our lunch at one of the streets of Bangkok. We were supposed to go to Chatuchak Market on our last day but without any hesitations we skipped the shopping, took a cab to Soi Sukhumvit 53 and dropped in front of a one-storey house converted into a cafe cum clothing store.
Outside, we had to leave our shoes and change into the home slippers provided by cafe. A young man ushered us to a nearby sink, and told us that we needed to wash our hands and sanitise before entering the actual room where the cats are placed. We walked through an area where guests are having their desserts with their own cats, into another door wedged in between glass cubicles of a ‘Purr Cat Cafe Club’ Delivery Room and where a bunch of quarantined kittens were placed.
The moment the door was opened, it was kitty heaven. The large space was filled with beautiful felines trotting elegantly around humans, nonchalantly taking naps on the chairs for customers and playfully probing into handbags. Curiousity doesn’t kill the cat at Purr Cat Cafe Club. In fact, they were very much welcomed by squealing girls and cat lovers like my friend and I. The owner’s first Persian cat came to our table and plopped herself right by my side, snuggled in my arm and fell asleep for the next three hours. You’d be lucky if the cats grace you with their ‘presence’, or you’ll be spending an immense amount of time trying to persuade them to snuggle up to you.
The waitresses would come over, hand you a Purr Cat Cafe Club house rule card before giving you a menu. The rules include basic no-no’s such as ‘No picking up the cats’, ‘no flash photography’ and ‘No feeding the cats’. Photography are welcomed, and you don’t even have to worry about not having flash as the room was brightly lit with natural light, diffused by an almost open air concept without the tropical heat. If you’re worried about the cat litter smell, worry not as there were none.
Purr Cat Cafe Club was very well sanitised that I hardly caught any kitty smell that most houses would have if they had cats, let alone 33 cats in one space. If you’re allergic to the fur, well, I can’t say much as it’s pretty normal that the furnitures would be covered in them. However, you may ask the waitress to provide you with a face mask if that helps.
The menu was very minimal, almost concentrating on just drinks and ready-prepared desserts but it was brilliant – your purpose was to be surrounded by cats, not indulge in sweet treats.
Don’t forget to grab a toy that might be laying around the room, cause that might be the best way to lure the naughty kitties to your side.
Purr Cat Cafe Club information
Soi Sukhumvit 53 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 2 108 3604
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri – Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Public Transport option: BTS (Bangkok sky train) at Thonglor station – exit 1, walk along around 800m.