NekoRobi: tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6228-0646
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Entrance Fee: Y800-900/30min; Y1100-1300/60 (drinks inc.)
Cute 'n Cuddly: Review of Nekorobi
Visiting so many cat cafes has proven to have a downside.
I’m getting a little jaded.
Which is unfortunate because, truly, any cats in any type of setting should be a joy-inducing delight. But after 70+ visits, pickiness has started to creep into some of my reviews. I find myself docking points for any hint of cat urine odor, rooms with poor lighting (dark and/or harsh fluorescent overheads), apathetic staff or cups of sludge masquerading as coffee. See what I mean?
Then, along comes a place like Nekorobi, which hit me like a fresh breeze.
My initial impression of the cafe was that, while pleasant and odor-free, it had no special features that stood out. But then I stepped inside and was pleasantly surprised by a super cheerful attendant, who seemed genuinely passionate about the cats, yet gave me the details without a hint of overbearance. Café workers attitudes really make a difference in first impressions and this set the tone for a wonderful above-average afternoon.
Once my fee was paid (900 yen for 30 minutes including unlimited free drinks from a coffee machine), I was shown the coffee machine in between receiving tips on which cats like belly rubs and which like to chase string. There was a mention of a kitten that would make a playful and popular appearance later in the hour.
I particularly loved the cats here. Plenty of them (twenty total) and all manner of breeds. Most were incredibly social and many enjoyed playing. A few were dressed up in goofy outfits, which I tend to frown upon as I can’t imagine they like it, but all seemed good natured about the whole thing.
I stayed for an hour watching gleeful (and well-behaved) children play with the younger cats and gently pet the older ones. The smiles on their faces were priceless and I remember thinking this is what makes cat cafes worthwhile endeavors- they create pure joy.
The vibe at Café Nekorobi is a happy and relaxed one and while there are few bells and whistles, the simplicity means you can focus on the adorable cats.
Date Visited: 6/4/17