CLoud Nine: Osaka, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6396-0680
Hours: Wed-Sat 15:00-21:00, Thu-Fri 12:00-21:00
Entrance Fee: None
Vintage Feline: Review of Cloud Nine
Located north of Shin-Osaka, in a quiet residential neighborhood, I didn't know I was about to experience a memorable cat cafe.
I felt a bit tentative when I stepped outside the M12 metro station Higashimikumi (exit 1 or 4), but all that melted away when I walked inside Cloud Nine.
It's a beautifulIy decorated cafe, but I didn't see any cats initially so I grinned sheepishly at the barista while I posed the question 'Cats?' and while I'm pretty sure she didn't speak English, she smiled back and motioned upstairs. Once there, I discovered a small room with a two tables and five friendly felines that immediately greeted me.
While enjoying the kitties, I admired the decor. I loved the vintage-y vibe with comfy black leather club chairs surrounded by old-fashioned touches- a sewing machine, typewriter, telephone and books.
I was the only person in the room, which gave me plenty of alone time with the cats, especially the long-haired cuties with lion mane haircuts. Eventually someone provided me a menu, but I couldn't be sure if I was supposed to go downstairs to place my order or they were just accommodating me due to my lack of Japanese. Either way, my iced latte was delicious and nicely presented- definitely heads above the quality you usually find at Japanese cat cafes.
I was able to chat briefly with the gracious owner/manager while paying my bill. There is no fee if you order a beverage (which run Y850), unless you stay more than three hours. She was surprised to see me as they don't often get tourist traffic, but I was so impressed by this lovely little place, I can't help but recommend it to everyone, especially tourists.
Cloud Nine offers a classy environment and with the friendly staff, lovely cats and delicious drinks- I will remember my visit here for years to come.
Date Visited: 6/14/17