Cat Cafe Calico Kichijoji: Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 422-27-2117
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Entrance Fee: Y1000/1 hr, drinks extra
Beauty is Only Skin Deep: Review of Cat Cafe Calico Kichijoji
Cat Cafe Calico Kichijoji was a welcome change from the Shinjuku location as it was beautiful, clean and modern.
I wished the rest of the experience was just as top notch.
The cats were gorgeous and plentiful, many exotic breeds but while they were accessible, they weren't particularly fun. While the space is geared towards more interaction (primarily floor seating with few tables), most of the kitties avoided human contact.
By this point, I had grown accustomed to not having a proper cup of coffee in a Tokyo cat cafe, and true to form, Calico serves vending machine drinks, which I passed on. For a city seemingly obsessed with coffee, (all the convenience stores carry about 50 varieties!) I'm gobsmacked that these cafes pay so little attention paid to matters of caffeination.
Adding to the disappointment, the staff were pretty checked out as well.
I struggled with the ratings here as, objectively, the facility is magnificent and the cats, while not social, are extremely attractive and well-cared for, which balance out the lack of coffee and staff engagement.
A visit to Cat Cafe Calico Kichijoji will wow you with the space, but without caffeine or soul, may not be particularly fulfilling.
Date Visited: 6/6/17