Hong Kong cat cafe! Chinese pet cats at Ah Meow, Causeway Bay theme restaurant.
Did you know Hong Kong has cat cafes too? I visited Ah Meow Cat Cafe (阿貓地攤) in Causeway Bay. (Level 3, 2-6 Foo Ming St Po Ming Building, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)
Watch my Huffington Post video to peek inside a bizarre Chinese cat cafe.
The space is popular with youths. No wonder it’s located in the hip Causeway Bay district.
Many Hong Kong residents are unable to have pets because they work long hours and live in small apartments. Cat cafes let them get a feline fix, while enjoying tea and snacks. This restaurant trend began in Japan, and is now popular in major Asian cities.
This cafe is home to eleven cats, all of whom were adopted. They roam the space freely: Some duck into baskets, others climb onto the tables and whisk their tails in people’s faces. Not surprisingly, the squish-faced Scottish Folds and Exotic Shorthairs got the most attention.
Chocolates are for humans, and meat-cakes are for cats!
Even the rice has cat face on it. To learn more about decorating food to look kawaii, please see my book Cute Yummy Time.
There aren’t any ground rules at Ah-Meow — simply walk in, and join the action. The tables are packed with young locals on dates. Many hold smart phones and take photos of (or with) the kitties.
Near the entrance, there are racks of Hello Kitty stationery and other goods for sale. You can even put on a “vampire kitten” or fold-eared mask, as you can see in the video.
Have you ever been to a cat cafe? What do you think of this bizarre Asian phenomenon?
Scottish folds, with their round earless faces, are of course the most popular. I counted at least 3 of them there.
Exotic shorthair kitties are also well-loved, thanks to that pushed in face.
Bonus photo of a Kuromi cake, which I saw in a Hong Kong bakery.
Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Here are photos inside a Japanese one.