BY LICIA SIM
1. Cafe & Cats 1998
(129 Fuhua Rd, Shilin, MRT Zhishan, 02 2835 3335)
Minimum per person purchase: NT$100; No children under age 12
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
The first ever cat café to open in Taipei (previously known as Cat Flower Garden) houses 14 cats and three dogs. They also have cute pet-themed merchandise for sale, and pet treats which you can purchase to “buy” the resident furkids’ affection!
2. Mask Cat
(64 Changan West St, Zhongshan District; MRT Zhongshan; 02 2550 0561)
Minimum per person purchase: NT$60
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 11am – 8pm; Fri – Sat, 11am – 10pm; Closed on Tue
Located opposite Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Mask Cat is home to three friendly rescued cats that love to curl up against people. The cafe’s decor features feline-inspired art work and relaxing background music that will definitely get you into the mood for some cat cuddles. They also have homemade cakes and tea if you’re feeling peckish.
Looking for something more exotic? Check out our next café recommendation!
3. Oia Alpaca Café
(252, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Sanzhi District, No.12-1 Beizhizi, Houcuo Road, Xinbei)
No entrance fee or cover charge required, but patrons have to order at least one food item before interacting with the alpacas.
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 8pm
The second floor of this café is the playground of three Savannah cats (they are only open for visitation on weekdays) but that’s not all this café has to offer. As you may have probably guessed, the Oia Alpaca Café also has two resident furry alpacas that trot around the café! Snow is one of the friendlier alpacas, and if you’re lucky, he may even scurry over to you for some sniffs.
The interior and ambience is warm and cosy, and is great for some time away from the bustling city. On the outside, there is a backyard where more alpacas reside. If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and ask the counter staff for some carrots to feed them.
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