Hitman and I first heard of the concept of cat cafes about a year ago. He read about them in one of those free daily papers and became really excited, and we planned on visiting one in Asia someday.
Then we sorta forgot about it for a while.
Then, on Fannypack’s and my last day in Seoul, which was a Saturday, we were doing one last round in Myeongdong and I saw a cat mascot. I walked over to see what it was and it turned out to be a mascot for a cat cafe nearby. In fact, there were about 3 of them in the vicinity.
In the end, Fannypack didn’t want to go, and we don’t leave each other alone, so that was that.
But when I got on the phone with Hitman, he strongly urged me to find one in Hong Kong, which was our next stop. I found one, and since I was meeting up with my cousin I decided that we should go there.
Thank god for my cousin. I never would’ve found Ah Meow on my own. It’s located at the centre of Causeway Bay near Times Square and so it was very busy. Plus the cafe is up on the 3rd floor of a pretty run-down looking building with no flashy signage. I could only confirm it by looking up and actually seeing a cat by the window. The elevator up is equally sketchy. The building reminds me of the ones you see in Hong Kong triad movies where you go up and find multiple brothels. I must admit I was a bit nervous.
However it turns out that on the same level was a classy looking Japanese-goods store and another restaurant I think. The front door was cute so by then my nerves were calmed.
On the door it says “Members Only”, but really they just need you to fill out a small form and to get a card and that’s it. I’m not sure they even need to see it when you visit. This cafe’s official name, as listed in Google search, is Ah Meow. However, it’s previously been known as Choco Cat Cafe and is also known as simply Cat Cafe, or Cat Store. In fact, that’s the name that’s printed on their membership card. 啊貓地攤 is the only name they have in Chinese though.