Cat Posthouse: Beijing, China
Address: 1 Fang Zhuan Chang Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing 100007
Phone: +86 010 640 87 894
Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 21:30, Sat-Sun 10:30 - 22:00
Entrance Fee: None
Website / Social Media
Website: wechat 136-6100-3727
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Cat vs Cafe (60/40)
If Hello Kitty Owned a Cat Cafe: Review of Cat Posthouse
Nanluogu Alley (aka Nanluoguxiong) is an historical old lane in the Dongcheng district of Beijing built in the Yuan dynasty, but today is a popular tourist spot with many bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
It's also the home of Cat Posthouse.
Unlike most of our Chinese cat cafe visits, we found this one easily as the pink exterior caught our eye and foreshadowed what was to come. Inside, you are immediately overwhelmed by an explosion of magenta. Hello Kitty decor and harsh overhead lighting.
We were greeted promptly and the proprietor was friendly, if not a bit distracted by his phone. After donning surgical booties over our shoes and washing our hands (the first cafe in China that had standards for hygiene), an assistant seated us and took our order for two lattes and a piece of chocolate mousse cake (118 yuan/$17.10). The coffee was nice, but the cake had that been-in-the-fridge-too-long taste.
After my eyes adjusted to the stark and saccharin environment, my next impression was that there are too many cats for the space, about thirty fur babies, including one yowling pitifully in a cage. I also noticed a distinct cat box odor.
There were some curious youngish cats that entertained us and the other tourists scattered about, but the rest seemed exhausted as they crowded together on the padded window seat.
Overall, the staff are friendly and there are a lot of cats to play with, but the atmosphere just wasn't up to scratch. It did not have a relaxing cafe vibe with the fluorescent lights, and the childish decor was not to my taste. It also seemed a bit sad with too many cats. If you have limited time in Beijing, I would give it a pass as there are better options.
Date Visited: 4/27/17