In celebration of our feline friends, cosy up to four-legged kitties at these cat cafes in Singapore
In the never-ending debate of ‘Cats versus Dogs: Which is better?‘, we at Honeycombers sit firmly in the feline camp. Well, most of us anyway. We’re giving you the lowdown on cafés in Singapore that houses the loveliest kitties for the most purr-fect experience ever. Coffee, cute critters and cuddles? Yes please!
Neko No Niwa
The one that started it all. Having set up shop in Boat Quay back in 2013, Neko No Niwa is the pioneer that sparked off a slew of copycats (pun intended). The cosy shophouse space houses a clowder of 13 adorable kitties – all lovingly rescued by owners Sue Lynn and Sam. We’re especially fond of brother-sister pair Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the mischievous tabbies with a penchant for stealing food and nibbling fingers when you’re not looking. Besides coffee and fruit smoothies, you can tuck into a spread of desserts like cakes and ice-cream sandwiches from The Ice Cream Cookie & Co. And if you’re looking to further de-stress, the cafe also holds cat yoga seshes – just expect adorable interruptions and loads of giggles. Read our full review of Neko No Niwa here.
Cover charge: $12 for first hour, $5 for subsequent half hour.
Neko No Niwa, 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843, p. 6536 5319. Open Mon, Wed-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am-10pm. Closed on Tue.
The Company of Cats
It’s true what they say: everything’s better in the company of cats. Located in the Chinatown area, this cat café with a conscience is home to eight rescued cats, each with its own job title such as Meowketing Director and Business Development Meownager (too cute!). Our purr-sonal favourite is Elliot, the resident kitty Casanova. Watch out, ladies: he’s a heartbreaker.
Cover charge: $14 for first hour ($10 from Tue-Fri 12-4pm), $5 for subsequent half hour.
The Company of Cats, 6B Mosque Street (Level 2), Singapore 059486, p. 6220 3835. Open Tue-Fri 12-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Closed on Mon.
The Cat Café
Bucking the trend of charging customers per hour, The Cat Café lets cat lovers indulge in kitty goodness for an unlimited time period for just $15. At 1,200 square foot, the roomy loft-like space in the heart of Bugis houses 15 to 20 felines, with special meal times during the day for customers to get in on feeding action.
Cover charge: $15 for an unlimited time period
The Cat Café, 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030, p. 6338 6815. Open Mon 3-10pm, Tue-Sun & public holidays 10am-10pm.
Meomi Cat Café
New to the scene is Meomi Cat Café, located in the Kampong Glam area. Small but inviting, it is the purrfect hangout spot with plenty of comfy seating and kitty paraphernalia to amuse humans and four-legged critters alike for hours. Meomi’s collection of in-house cats is especially unique: be sure to look out Mario, the resident munchkin.
Cover charge: $13 for first hour, $5 for subsequent per half hour.
Meomi Cat Café, 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801, p. 6296 0339. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Lion City Kitty: The Cat Museum, Muses and Mansion
So The Cat Museum isn’t a cafe, but we couldn’t quite resist the addition – especially when three whole floors of kitties await for unsuspecting visitors. Admission will only set you back $9 for an unlimited period of time and all proceeds go to funding their cause (aside from being a shelter, the museum is dedicated to educating the public on the history of cats). The top floor even includes an area for kittens – but remember to be delicate with these gentle creatures.
Cover charge: $9 for an unlimited time period
Lion City Kitty: The Cat Museum, Muses and Mansion, #02-02, 8 Purvis Street, Singapore 188587.