Japan seems to have a knack for the whimsical and adorable. Not only is it home to at least three cat islands, but the country also popularized the cat café concept.
Cat cafés, when operated in good faith, can unload some burden off of animal shelters. Pets of all shapes and sizes deserve a caring home; patrons can help finance that sanctuary without having to commit to a serious responsibility.
Gathered here are the five best cat cafés in Singapore. Whether you already love them or are looking to warm up to the adorable animal, cat cafés are a perfect place to while away those homebound weekend hours.
1. The Cat Cafe
The Cat Cafe is one of the most well-known in Singapore. It first opened its door in 2014, with an outlet in Bugis that is now home to 15 cats. This year, the cafe marked its presence in the West by securing a foothold in Rail Mall.
The chain is founded by two feline lovers, Candice and Jefferson, who saw the business as an opportunity to rescue more homeless cats. As such, their cats were all either strays or adopted from shelters.
Enjoy two hours of the cats’ company while sipping a complimentary soft drink for S$16. Alternatively, upgrade to a cup of freshly brewed coffee, tea or chocolate. The cafe also serves up some delectable desserts. Every subsequent half hour costs S$4.
- All cats were strays or adopted
- Delectable desserts
- Upgrade complimentary drink to tea, coffee or chocolate
|Address||– 241B Victoria St, Singapore 188030|
– 392 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 678046
|Contact number||+65 6338 6815 (Bugis)|
+65 6507 0180 (Rail Mall)
|Business hours||10 AM – 10 PM (Tue – Sun)|
3 PM – 10 PM (Mon)
Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa is the first of its kind in Singapore. Founded by Sam and Sue, they were inspired by cat cafes in the land of the rising sun. The Japanese name translates to ‘Cat Garden’.
Similar to The Cat Cafe, Sam and Sue advocate for adoption. They rescue non-pedigreed cats with personalities that are suited for the cafe environment. To date, there are more than ten felines residing in the cheerfully decorated space.
The “cuddle charge” is S$12 for the first hour and S$5 for every subsequent half hour. There is a three-hour special at S$24 and a one-day pass at S$32, both of which offer free hot chocolate to anyone who can present a valid student pass. Perhaps bring your laptop there for a study session with some furry companions!
- Book for private event
- All-day pass for maximum cuddle time
- Student benefits
|Address||54A Boat Quay, Level 2, Singapore 049843|
|Contact number||+65 6536 5319|
|Business hours||11 AM – 9 PM daily|
Closed on Tuesday
Meomi Cat Cafe is a rustic cat haven with a cosy, homely ambience. Seven fur babies rule the premise, which is located in Kampong Glam. If you would like to feed them, call to check for their mealtimes so that you can plan your visit accordingly.
Besides treating them to their favourite food at snack hour, you can also treat yourself to a selection of pastries and aromatic coffee. Their delightful chocolate cake is especially sought-after by loyal customers.
The first hour is priced at S$13 and comes with a complimentary beverage. Can’t get enough? Extend your stay by 30 minutes for S$5.
- Get a chance to feed the cats at mealtime
- Signature chocolate cake
- Cozy ambience
|Address||668 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188801|
|Contact number||+65 6296 0339|
|Business hours||11 AM – 6 PM (Mon – Wed)|
11 AM – 8 PM (Thu – Sun)
4. Catopia Cafe
Catopia was originally set up in 2016 as a cat boarding house. However, demand for such services ceased after the Covid-19 pandemic puts a halt in the travel industry. As a result, founder Kevin Chiak had to get innovative to survive.
Along with 22 cats, the former Mr Singapore relocated to a two-storey storefront in Little India to incorporate F&B into its business model. Apart from cakes and coffee, the modest kitchen also serves waffles with ice cream. A nearby space continues to function as a cat hotel, which allows owners to check their felines in to enjoy free-flow food and professional care.
Pay S$12 for the first hour and get a complimentary drink. Every half hour after costs S$6. Additionally, the café has plans to hold weekly adoption drives. Stay tuned to their Facebook page if you’re interested.
- Cat hotel turned café
- Waffles with ice cream
- Upcoming weekly adoption drives
|Address||46A Dunlop St, Singapore 209375|
|Contact number||+65 9388 8893|
|Business hours||4 PM – 9 PM (Mon)|
11 AM – 4 PM, 5 PM – 9 PM (Tue – Fri)
10 AM – 4 PM, 5 PM – 8 PM (Sat – Sun)
Closed on public holiday
Playground Ragdolls is quite unlike the rest of the cafés on this list. In fact, it is primarily a TICA registered and AVA licensed Ragdoll cattery. They offer sociable Ragdoll kittens, which you can reserve and purchase at the establishment.
Situated in the heritage-steeped district of Joo Chiat, the third-floor space features an interior that honours the cultural wealth of the neighbourhood.
While you can pay S$10 to spend an hour with the charming Ragdolls, there are no food and beverage available. Note that visitations are only open on alternate Sundays. Reservations are required and capped at five pax per session. Head on over to their website to make a booking.
- Dedicated to ragdoll cats
- Tasteful, artsy interior
- Ragdoll kitten reservation
|Address||237B Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427494|
|Contact number||+65 9655 6376|
|Business hours||1 PM – 7 PM (Sun)|
If you are a cat lover, don’t forget to show these outlets some support amidst this economically difficult time. Should they fail to sustain their businesses, these cats could be subjected to a worrisome fate.
Feline pawrents can also consider giving this cat treat subscription box a try – 10% of the profit will be donated to a local cat shelter while your fur babies get a taste of various cat food, win-win!
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