Ever thought about visiting a cat cafe? They’re pretty big in Asia and are now popping up all over the world! What’s not to love about sipping coffee while adorable felines purr in your ear? People love the idea so much that there are now cat cafes in Seattle, Russia, Singapore, Canada, Spain, South Korea and of course, Taiwan. Cat cafes are actually not a new idea, did you know that the original cat cafe in Taiwan and the world opened its doors its 1998?
When I was in Taiwan, we didn’t visit the original cat cafe but we did visit a cat cafe in Taipei. If you’re missing your furry friend while on vacation in Taiwan, don’t worry! There are many in the country, particularly in Taipei. And most of them also have some resident doggies to play with too!
Playing with Kitties At the Cat Cafe in Taipei: Tamsui District
We visited a cat cafe in Tamsui District at the old street. At first glance, we had no idea it was a cat cafe or 貓 coffee since there were no advertised signs in English but luckily my uncle pointed it out and we eagerly walked in to play with some kitties.
This cat cafe had an entrance fee of 500 NT per person (kind of expensive at $15.20) but that also covered any drinks and food you ordered, you just paid the difference if it went over.
We cleaned our hands, sat down at a table and immediately a kitty strolled over and hopped gracefully onto the table, meowing loudly. We were surprised by how social these cats were and how many there were! We talked to the owners and they said they take in stray cats, making the cafe their new home. So far, they have around 30 cats and 3 dogs!
We ordered some drinks and petted the curious cats, specifically one who just loved getting his head scratched. Another one settled on taking a nap on my purse! There were more cats in the back but they had the day off so they were snoozing their beds. They rotate the cats so not all of them have to be out on the floor every day.
The owners instructed us proper kitty etiquette, pointing out which ones liked being petted on the head, not to pick up the cats or leave the cups on the table since the cats liked to knock them off. There was a couple of girls eating at the table next to us, happily enjoying the company of one cat who was staring intently at their food, occasionally swatting the plate when they weren’t looking.
We stayed for about 45 minutes and headed out. The cafe wasn’t huge but there were cats in pretty much every corner, napping or stretching out their claws on the scratching posts. The place wasn’t quite as clean as the one we went to in South Korea, but the cats looked like they had plenty of toys, food, water, snuggling areas and very caring owners.
Other Cat Cafes in Taipei and Rest of Taiwan
- Cafe & Cats 1998: 129 Fuhua Rd, Shilin, MRT Zhishan, Taipei. This is the original cat cafe.
- Cat Lair: Taichung.
- Mask Cat: 64 Changan West St, Zhongshan District; MRT Zhongshan, Taipei.
- Spring Day Cat Cafe: 1/F, No. 361 Yanshou Street, Songshan District, Taipei
The cat cafe we went to is in Tamsui district. From the MRT station, you will see a large Starbucks. Walk up one street from the main Tamsui street where the Starbucks is you’ll see a large poster of a black cat on the left hand side where all the shops are. The entrance is through there.
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