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Pet cafés are hot on trend, and we can all see why. Consumers are buying into the craze for an unique experience of having a furry friend curled up on their lap with a cup of latte; contrary to usual hipster cafés that only offer artisanal food for companionship. Though Singapore has our fair share of animal cafés, these cafes are only allowed to host typical domestic pets. Fortunately for animal lovers looking beyond the usual cat and dog cafes, KKday has prepared a list of the 6 most unique animal cafés around the world.
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js As its name suggests, Little Zoo Café is a little zoo all by itself. Situated in Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Little Zoo Café boasts a 2-storey space and cathedral ceiling for visitors to interact comfortably with exotic animals such as fennec foxes, raccoons, meerkats, and red foxes. Little Zoo Café only opened its doors last September, but the café became an instant hit for its unique concept. The best part of it all? Unlike other animal cafés, Little Zoo Café requires no entrance fees.
Bond Street, Tambon Ban Mai, Pak Kret District, 11120, Thailand
10:30am to 7pm
2. Akiba Fukurou, Tokyo, Japan
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Japan has an abundant of owl cafés, and Akiba Fukurou is just one of the many. Get into a staring competition with these big-eyed owls (although we’re sure you’ll lose this one). Instead of the usual animal café setting, Akiba Fukurou carries a theme-park ambience. The resident owls are approachable and used to human interaction, so feel free to grab a souvenir photo with the owls at Akiba Fukurou that have comfortably perched themselves onto your arm.
67 Kanda Neribeicho | Akiba Fukurou Bldg. 1F, Chiyoda 101-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
12am to 6pm
3. Oia Café, Taipei, Taiwan
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Are you a fan of the adorable alpaca soft toys? Oia Café brings life to them. Fluffy alpacas are the resident animals of Oia Café, and these cute mammals get to roam freely within Oia Café, allowing guests to feed them with carrot or potato strips — the best way to clinch a selfie with the alpacas. If you’re planning to visit Taiwan, Oia Café should be on the top of your checklist for things you must do in Taiwan.
252, Sanzhi District New Taipei City, Taiwan
1am to 8pm
4. Café Babo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Taking a break from cuddly animals? Stop by Café Babo to spend some time with cold-blooded, scaly reptiles. Tucked away in Hoa Phuong Street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the Café Babo houses a plethora of reptile species, ranging from iguanas to salamanders, and even snakes.
Don’t be worried about being mistaken for lunch by the reptiles — they are tamed and accustomed to human interactions. Snag a photo with the scaly reptiles at Café Babo for boasting rights; the owner has definitely brought up a notch in his game.
93/18 Phạm Văn Hai, phường 3, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
8am to 9pm
5. Thanks Nature Café, Seoul, Korea
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Thanks to Thanks Nature Café, you can quit counting sheeps before you sleep. Better known as Korea’s sheep café, Thanks Nature Café is home to real sheeps in Korea that won’t make your Seoul travelling experience just meh. Thanks Nature Café was featured on popular reality television show, “We Got Married“, and has since gotten the masses flocking to Thanks Nature Café to catch a glimpse of the cute sheeps.
486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
11am to 10pm
6. HARRY Café, Tokyo, Japan
Contrary to popular belief, hedgehogs aren’t always that prickly, and they can make pretty good cuddly companions. HARRY Café in Tokyo, which is just a minute walk away from Roppongi station, offers visitors an up-close and personal experience with their hedgehogs. In addition, the café sells a variety of hedgehogs for customers to bring home as pets (do check with your local ministry laws before making a purchase).
Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-7-2 IWAHORI Building 2F
12pm to 9pm
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