GurugurUdo Neko Cafe: Osaka, Japan
Phone: +81 6-7492-4060
Hours: Tue-Sun 11:00-22:00, Mon 11:00-20:00
Entrance Fee: Y1050/hour inc. drink
Zen Unique: Review of Gurugurudo Neko Cafe
Located in busy Dotonbori, the neon-filled tourist district, Gurugurudo offers a respite from the chaos. The design, modeled after a zen den, combines antique Japanese furniture, green plants... and cats.
We planned to dine at Ajinoya, famed Michelin star restaurant for Okonomiyaki, but had one little task before doing so- visit this cat cafe.
It was nearly seven pm when we took an elevator to the fourth floor of the building where the cafe is located with a mixture of businesses. Inside the reception area, I paid the entrance fee and ordered a coconut chai latte, which was nicely presented and among the best I had while visiting Japan's numerous cat cafes!
I noticed the cats immediately because they were plentiful (14-15) and beautiful, among them, several Maine Coons, a Ragdoll and two Munchkins.
I'm normally all about the kitties and they were certainly nice, but what really stood out to me at this cat cafe was the unique atmosphere. I loved the whole vibe- dark wooden floors, hint of incense and the kind of soft music you might hear during a massage, all very pleasing to the senses.
My only critique(s) would be the lighting as it was a bit too bright and harsh and the old-fashioned furniture, while beautiful to look at, was not particularly comfortable. It ended up being fine because I spent most of my time moving around the room and petting cats, but it's not the kind of cafe where you would bring your laptop and settle in with a cup of coffee.
Overall, I highly recommend popping into Gurugurudo if you are in Dotonbori and need a break. The relaxing environment, delicious drinks and gorgeous cats will be just what the doctor ordered.
Date Visited: 6/14/17