Some people go to Bangkok for shopping, some for the massage. And then there were those who seek a different sort of fun… Fun that involved getting in touch with their primal selves – like frolicking with cute corgi and cats!
Having been to Bangkok for Nth time, N were looking for something different from hipster cafes and shopping malls, so we decided to turn to the sort of dirty fun that many had talked about online and in forums. N and I recalled our experience at a rabbit cafe in Japan and wondered if we could find a similar one in Bangkok.
We found 2 animal cafe instead.
Doggy-Style Fun at Little Zoo Cafe
Located a few blocks from Siam BTS station, Little Zoo Cafe is an amazing animal cafe in a busy shopping district.
After cutting through Siam Square, while facing Ban Khun Mae, turn right for about 2 blocks and Little Zoo Cafe was at level 1 of the building where Hard Rock Cafe could be found (yes, you can see the Hard Rock Cafe’s big logo from far).
We were early (as usual), so we backtracked to the neighbouring block where we had breakfast at A&W, just like any other Singaporeans would do when they see A&W overseas.
When we returned, there was already a queue (and we were just 5 minutes after the opening time!). All we had to do was to order a drink and a dessert that cost a little more than SGD20 and we got ourselves an “entrance ticket” to the cafe, along with a pair of socks to change into.
After paying, we received a number plate and our socks, where we were herded to the back of the cafe where there was a little space underneath the stairs for us to change into the pair of disposable socks and deposit our shoes. 2 flights of steps later, we were into wonderland!
Initially, we were unsure what to do. However, the cutie pies calling at us from behind the shutter doors made us just abandon our table and threw ourselves into the pile.
The entire 2nd level was divided into 3 sections, a usual cafe-style dining section, a Japanese sit-on-the-floor style dining section, and the animal section, which were divided into 3 rooms – Corgi, Dogs and Others.
Of course, we went into the corgi pen right away!
Roger was in the mood for love and kept “harassing” another female corgi, so the staff decided to segregate him by locking him out of the corgi pen. Roger kept whimpering at the door to be let in!
Because Roger kept sneaking in whenever one of the customers opened the door to enter or leave the pen, one staff had to keep distracting him from his primal urge!
The other pen for the other dogs were near the window and so was brightly lit. And since no other dogs could be as energetic as corgis, this section was more laid back. Many doggies were either lazing on the cushions or sniffing around to investigate who we were!
The other pen was more of a miscellaneous pen, where a unique sight was the Fennec Fox. It was very timid and walked away from me all the time, so I could only take picture of him from a distance. Whenever one of the kids tried to be near it, it would be startled and pounce away!
We alternated between the corgi pen and doggie pens, and were wondering if we should leave, when the staff brought out the hedgehog! My goodness! It looked so cute with its wide eyes and smile!
We didn’t want to leave, but we had to, because we had other plans (I mean, we had 1 more animal cafe to visit). But first, back at the corner where we changed into our socks, there were lint rollers for us to clean our clothes, because well, corgis are heavy shedders!
Feeling Feline at Caturday Cat Café
From Siam BTS Station, we took the Sukhumvit Line (light green) towards Chatuchak and dropped off 1 stop after at Ratchathewi station. Just beside the station was a space of low rise, presumably converted from old shophouses, which housed some hipster cafes and local art shops. This was where we found our next animal cafe destination: Caturday Cat Café!
The cafe was visible from afar, with its litter of cat mascots lazing in a fairytale-decorated garden porch. By the time we were there, it was after lunch, so it was already full. However, we were lucky as there was only 2 of us and the staff quickly made space for us!
The cafe was literally a cat wonderland – the pillars were converted into trees where the cats could climb, bridges connected those poles for the cats to prance around. We were first seated at a booth seat, which lined one side of the cafe – but we found that the cats simply wouldn’t come to us, so we changed to the floor-seats (which were like covering the rest of the cafe), so that we could be near the cats as they nonchalantly catwalked around us.
The corner where we sat at was near a wall of “obstacle courses” where some cats were lounging around. Oh yes, the cats were so lazy and behaved like divas who couldn’t care less at these cooing hoomans who went all the way there just to admire their demure presence!
Bonus: B-Story Café
Just around the corner from Caturday Cat Café, facing the BTS station, was where we had our lunch. B-Story Café was a mishmash of themes from medieval European Christmas-ish greenhouse food place that also earned pretty much praise online.
If you ask me, I thought the decor and facade was a little over-the-top, but that also expressed how much the owner liked such themes!
For me, I ordered Green Curry Fried Rice, which I regretted for the next few hours as the chilli burned my intestines for the rest of the day lol We also ordered a plate of meatballs that were also as spicy…
Oh well… The overly sweet decorations really took me off guard from the super spicy food lol
As we were seated at the first level, we decided to go to level 2 to take a look after our lunch, since that was the highlight of the cafe. Up a narrow spiral staircase, the church-like ceiling opened up before us. There was more light streaming into the cafe and hence it had a chirpier ambience to the whole place!
If you ask me, do not expect to be well-fed at this cafe; coming here was more for the experience of eating in a greenhouse (and plenty of insta-worthy moments).
This was the first time I blogged about animal cafe (I had went to a bunny cafe in Tokyo, though that was many years back and I don’t know if it’s still around). If you enjoyed this post, do give a thumbs up and subscribe to my blog for more travelogues!
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Till then, stay wanderlust and eat happy! woof!
Little Zoo Café (Siam)
424/7-8 ถนน พระราม 1 ซอย สยามสแควร์ 11 Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krun, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
+66 95 057 1010
Caturday Cat Café
89/70 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
+66 2 656 5247
89, 70 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
+66 2 656 5677