I visited Singapore’s first cat cafe, Neko no Niwa, today, and loved the experience. So here’s what you’ll need to know about getting to the cafe, and what to expect when you get there. 😀 I’ll upload another post later with the rest of the photos I took – over a hundred of them!
Located at Boat Quay and overlooking the Singapore River, the cat cafe is a lovely place to chill out, in the company of 13 very zen (and sometimes very playful) cats.
Address of the cat cafe:
54A Boat Quay (Level 2)
* Look out for this sign and a cat (or two?) at the window *
By Train & On Foot: Raffles Place Exit G (400m) or Clarke Quay Exit E (450m)
If You Drive, Park At: Parallel lots along Circular Rd or hourly parking at UOB Plaza or OCBC Building
Important! – The cat cafe is often fully booked, so make your reservation by calling (65) 6536 5319!
1st hour: S$12 per person
Subsequent 1/2 hour block: S$5 per person
Drinks & Desserts (optional) from S$1 onwards
The joy of finding a feline friend: Priceless
The cafe accepts cash only. And there is no service charge and no GST (hurray!).
When you get to the cat cafe, walk in via the “grass” track (above, left) to the seating area where you can remove your shoes, then wash your hands with soap, and collect your cat cafe handbook (to be returned before you leave).
You’ll be briefed by the staff about what you should not do (grabbing a cat by its tail is a huge no-no!) and then you’re all set to have a purrfect time in the company of 13 very adorable cats!
Some people have left comments on Neko no Niwa’s facebook page to complain about the S$12 cover charge. I think S$12 is very reasonable, considering the location (boat quay), the 24-hour air-conditioning, and for the upkeep of the THIRTEEN cats. The cats have either been rescued or had been given away as their owners were leaving Singapore. My cat lover friend also told me that it’s not cheap to keep a cat, especially when they fall ill – he had to pay S$200 per day for almost 2 weeks when his cat had to visit the vet daily for a ‘drip’ of sorts. Wouldn’t you pay S$12 for a lovely afternoon spent in the company of oh-so-beautiful and healthy cats? I’m guessing you’ll even want to spend more than 1 hour there! 😀
In this next post on Neko no Niwa, I share more of the pictures I took, PLUS the mini-interview I did with the owner (Sue) -> https://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/singapores-first-cat-cafe-neko-no-niwa-pictures-and-an-interview-with-founder-ms-tan-sue-lynn/
A third post will contain some tips from my cat lover friend on how to interact with cats and get them to like you and play with you. 😀 Stay tuned!
Neko no Niwa’s website: http://www.catcafe.com.sg/