Auste and I have been very lucky to meet so many great people on our ongoing journey in Thailand. We keep in touch with many of them and everyone seems to have something interesting going on. One of these people informed us that he was coming back for a short visit and asked if we needed anything from the UK. As excited as we were, we asked for a pricy and fragile lens for our camera that we couldn’t get in Thailand. Long story short, and as odd as it sounds, we changed our minds and asked for a pack of sea salt instead.
We finally met our guest and gratefully received our long-awaited salt from Asda. The anticipated conversations turned out to be with a jet-lagged, sleep deprived, and hungover man due to all the free booze on British Airways! All that was fine for us, as these three ingredients make people say funny things. However, as he was coming from England, he was greeted by the tropical heat which prolonged his acclimatisation, big time. In his own words: “I was fine until I stepped out of my room”. I guess we got used to the heat, so for us the time when the sun starts to set is perfect to get out – the air starts to cool down and if you’re anywhere close to some trees, you can even feel a gentle breeze. But those who have just arrived can’t feel much difference.
We went up to Park Society rooftop bar at Sofitel So, right next to Lumphini Park. We like that place so much we have been there three times already… It’s the view of the park that makes it so cosy. Wednesday 4th of March was a Buddhist holiday so no alcohol was served, which worked to our favour as we discovered our new favourite drink – virgin Mojito. We’ve been making it at home every other night since.
We wished our friend a good sleep and remembered a cat café close to the BTS. It’s called “Caturday”, located just off Ratchathewi BTS – take exit 2, walk past the nerd restaurant and turn left at the “Cocowalk” sign, it should take about 60 seconds. This hip cosy café shares walls with a very active nightlife bar area – in case you get a caffeine hit, or should I say catteine hit, hehe!
As we walked in, we had to take off our shoes and wash our hands, and only then proceed to the playground. There were pillows and cushions on the floor, and regular tables too. In between them there were artificial “trees” for the cats to climb and get away from all the restless iPhoners and Samsungers trying to take selfies with them.
The coffee was good, so were the cakes. We didn’t have any hot food, but people next to us had something with a very appetising aroma, I think it was some pasta. Prices were decent, ranging between 80-120 for drinks and 120+ for desserts.
Obviously the cats were cute as they always are. The ambience was very relaxing, with vintage-like decorations and soft music in the background. Vigilant staff were keeping an eye out for any cat trouble, at the same time looking out for any queries from customers, and made you feel like home.
Unlike the Makura cat café at Seacon Square (far out in Bangna), Caturday had more tabby cats. Most of the felines at Makura were flat-muzzle persian-style cats, but very soft and fluffy. We also wanted to give “Cat café by Dome” a go, but there were cameras and film crew inside, and we didn’t feel like shooting for a ‘Whiskas’ commercial. It’s right next to Udom Suk BTS though, exit 4 and take the soi 103 – it’s just under a minute away.
More photos of kittens here.
For more pet-friendly cafés just have a look at this user friendly and up-to-date online magazine about Bangkok.