01 Apr 2014 • 27 reviews • 0 follower
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.