Mon: 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri: 11:00 - 22:00
Sat, Sun & PH: 10:00 - 22:00
Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa is Singapore's first cat cafe. Enjoy the therapeutic environment where you pay a time-based fee to watch and play with the residing cats while you have your drink and desserts.
Full Review/ Pictures at http://dinnerndesserts.blogspot.sg/2015/04/pecori-japanese-egg-restaurant--cat-cafe-neko-no-niwa.html
A $12 cover charge for the first hour, followed by $5 for subsequent half hours. No requirements on mandatory drink/ dessert purchases which were available at the premises. Before heading inside, we were advised to remove our shoes and sanitise our hands. We were also given a pamphlet that guided us to some of the rules, such as not waking up a sleeping cat or disturbing it having its meals. Flipping the page were short introductions about each cat! A great place to simply chill and have a chat around the cats rather than ordering a beer at the bars downstairs......
This place was a big letdown from the unfriendly almost snobbish staff to the never ending rules. the staff make you feel as though you are visiting premier animals! honestly I have been in cages with wild lions and we were allowed more interaction to speak normally and pet the lions compared to this place! I'd rather go to a petting farm than visit this wanna be place!
See my full review with pictures here: http://www.citynomads.com/reviews/restaurants/742/kitty-heaven-at-neko-no-nawa-singapores-first-cat-cafe
Singapore's first cat cafe has been much talked about. A common concept in Japan, with similar ventures popping up all across the globe. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is that aside from the usual drinking and eating you get to hang out with, stroke, cuddle and even groom the cats. Is it as cool as it sounds? Having visited, we can safely say.....yes!
Now I myself am not the biggest cat fan, being more of a dog person, however there is just something so beautifully enchanting, entertaining, relaxing and down right cute about enjoying your tea and cake surrounded by posing, playing, placid and mischievous - because you'll find them all at Neko No Niwa!
After visiting several cat cafes in Japan, owners Sam and Sue wanted to bring the same experience to Singapore. They are firm proponents of cat therapy and the indescribable joy and relaxation that it comes with. Something we're now also full believers in having experienced it first hand. There's truly something truly calming about soaking up that cat karma. However, don't expect pedigree cats like those in the cafes in Japan - here it's all about rescue cats, those that were once homeless and abandoned. Even more reason to give them a cuddle we say!
So how does it actually work at the cat cafe? On entering (and we strongly advise making reservations because this place is taking off and getting BUSY!), you take off your shoes, wash your hands so you're nice and clean just like a kitty, and flick through the Cat Cafe Handbook where you can brush up on cat rules (you know, things like don't wake a sleeping cat, no pulling of a cat's tail etc.) and get to know a bit about each of the cats that call the cafe home; after which you're free to chill with and caress the cats while sipping and munching on whatever you order.
Although the main event here is really the cats, in terms of food and drink you can expect cakes, muffins, ice cream sandwiches and tarts alongside teas and coffees at very reasonable prices with drinks from $2.50 and and munchies from $2. All that plus a cuddle with a cat at only $12 for an hour (and $5 for subsequent half hour) make for a purrrrfect outing and probably our favourite so far this year!-
Worth an experience but too many people confined in a small space trying to molest the cats. I think some of the cats were stressed as they were hiding in their cubbies eyeing us warily, avoiding human traffic by walking under chairs and turning their backs to us. It's probably apt to say that the cafe is a victim of its own success. There are simply too many customer bookings that it's impossible for any human or cat to be relaxed.
I had imagined a cat cafe to be a quiet place to while away an afternoon. Instead it was noisy and I had to share the small enclosed glass room with many boisterous humans all trying to get up-close photos of the cats. From the "briefing" I was told to attend, to the strong hint by a staff that even though I was still sitting there, I should not leave cat toys on the table ("Do you still need this toy? If not I'll clear it.") I quickly realised that this cafe was not the place for an idler like me. :(
Price-wise the place is reasonable. The cat cafes in Japan charge the same - around 1000 yen (sgd12) for the first hour. But I understand that some cafes in Japan offer a fixed package that can allow customers to stay the entire day. Maybe this is something Cafe Neko no Niwa can consider in future. The desserts and drinks were okay. I wish they had proper meals though.
The cats are the main draw. They are very well taken care of physically. The plus point of visiting the cafe is that I now feel that I should be friendlier towards my neighbourhood kitties.
I feel that my photos below portray a more realistic view of the cafe than the up-close shots of the furry cats.