Cat Cafes have been a big hit for a few years already in countries like Korea and Japan. In cities where space is an issue and apartments tend to be small, owning a pet is difficult and if you’re missing their contact what better than a café of coffee shop where the little critters run wild?
While I had heard of them before, I never had a chance to visit one of those famous « Cat café ». In Hong Kong by myself that day, the rain pouring down, feeling a bit lonely, I decided that instead of wasting my time in my tiny hotel room, I could go and look for something different. After a bit of research online I made my mind up and decided that « Ah Meow » was probably my best option. A metro ride later, after getting lost for a few minutes, I finally found that place and enjoyed a pretty nice afternoon.
What is the concept of a « Cat Café » ?
A café like « Ah Meow » is a simple idea : letting countless cats and customers mingle in the same area, while serving up some tasty food and drinks. What looks like a simple idea can be difficult to put in practice, it’s not rare to hear of places like this that lack hygiene, where the cats are clearly unhappy or neglected when the place closes down.
How do you know the place you are heading to isn’t one of them ? Read online, get some info, and you’ll get quickly the feeling that the place is a safe haven for the cat or not .
« Ah Meow » is one of the good ones. Cats roam freely, have a safe place to retreat, sleep, play and eat without being disturbed by the customers of the Café, they happily jump on your table, sit on your laps or ignore you as much as they desire. The place is clean and the staff are very attentive as much for the cats as for the customers.
What makes « Ah Meow » a good place to visit ?
In « Ah Meow » it’s not only about the cats (even if it’s mainly about them), it’s also a great spot for some food and to relax for a while.
You won’t get rushed to have your drink and get out, won’t be pushed to buy something else, take your time, play a game of UNO, just don’t rush it.
Coffees and desserts are cat themed, so you’ll get a chocolate fondant shaped as a cat paw, biscuits in the shape of a cat, etc, etc…
It’s also located around a lot of shops so it’s a good retreat after a long day in the streets of Hong Kong !
But really being around so many relaxed cats just makes it the perfect spot if, like me, you’re missing some pet love.
Tips : Consider getting there around 5.00 or 6.00 pm during the week, the cats usually had diner, the place is quieter and the cats are more willing to come and pay you a little visit. From the big window, the second table on the left is the favourite spot of one of the black cat who isn’t shy and love being fussed, make sure to grab that spot if available !
Price & Food quality :
Prices are a bit high but after all you are in Hong Kong, it’s not much of a surprise. A pot of tea is around 40HKD. Food is nice and looks good. A good place for a treat !
How to get here :
Getting to the Café isn’t very easy. But here is how you can get there :
Take the MTR to Causeway Bay and take the exit C.
From there go to the left until you reach Percival Street.
Follow Percival Street on the way of the traffic.
On the left you will find Foo Ming Street, turn on there.
Cross the street to Po Ming Building (a small door with the name of said building written on the top)
The building is residential, get in to the old elevators and press Floor 3, the café is just on that floor.
All things considered I do recommend this place for a nice break from the city’s craziness. If you still need to be convinced here are a bit more photos of the cats that roam in the « Ah Meow » Café !
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