Cafe Hopping In Georgetown, Penang (5): A Heaven For Kitty Lovers In GeorgeTown, Penang ~ Purrfect Cat Cafe 槟城乔治市首家可爱猫猫咖啡馆, 猫之屋
This little eatery, stocked with real-live cats for kitty lovers to play with – is Penang’s very own cat café - Purrfect Cat Café The place had opened in January last year and the inspiration for this novel idea of having cats for customers to play with, had initially come from the many cat cafes springing up in Japan. As any cat lover knows, playing with cats can be both fun and therapeutic. These cafes generally take in shelter cats and give them a home in the cafe. They have toys and cubbies galore and the humans who love them can buy a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes or hours with the cats. The food and drinks are sold in a separate part of the cafe where cats are not allowed. The ultimate goal is that patrons will adopt the cats and provide them loving, permanent homes.
There’s no denying it, Muntri Street in George Town, Penang is becoming very hip what with beautifully restored old Chinese shophouses that are now boutique hotels, bars, eateries or a museum (or two). With the addition of Purrfect Cat Café to that line up boosted the street’s popularity even further, especially with the trendy, furball-loving, tech-savvy 20-somethings. And curiosity, luckily in this instance, did not kill the many who come to pat-pat, coo and simply enjoy being in the presence of cats currently in residence here.
槟城咖啡厅蔚成风尚, 常常拐个转角, 就会撞进一间咖啡厅里. 好的咖啡厅很多, 不过你听过猫咖啡厅吗? 猫之屋咖啡馆, 顾名思义, 是里头有猫的咖啡厅, 在你啜饮咖啡的同时, 猫咪蹲踞着在一旁看着你, 你们有彼此的忙碌, 同时也享受着彼此的陪伴, 快来体验看看吧! 去年新开店的猫之屋坐落在槟城乔治市的南华医院街. 这里很适合带没有去过猫咖啡店的朋友去, 一楼是贩卖猫咪精品的购物区, 二楼分开无猫和有猫的两个餐区.
Here’s how this café works. It’s a two-storey building and the ground floor is a retail store selling, you guessed it, all things cat-related but for humans. So, you’ve got tees, bags, greeting cards, luggage tags, mugs and the like available here.
My pictures show what life is like inside Penang's cat cafe, which offers stressed out city folk a unique way to unwind with a cup of tea and a chance to spend time with some chilled-out moggies.
When you first enter the café, you will be greeted by cat-themed merchandise. These range from smaller items such as mobile phone cases and bags, to adorable looking cushions and plush toys.
客人一踏进店里就必须马上脱鞋, 洗手, 减低细菌滋生, 以确保猫咪二十四小时所居住的环境是卫生, 干净的. 之后, 每位客人都得解读猫咖啡厅的规则, 当中介绍店里的规矩与猫的人物写照, 让顾客对每只猫的习性有些理解. 另外, 猫咖啡厅不允许人们带自己的猫来, 也不准客人自行喂食猫咪.
All things are guaranteed uber cuteness. From it chairs, pillows, the counter serving the drinks and desserts and most especially the figurine displays. The second storey is well-lighted, bright in white. No funny smell, the place is kept clean. It is also advised to sanitize your hands and take off shoes before you go to its second floor. The next door which is a sliding one is where the furries are located.
On the second floor is where the fun begins. However, you’ll be briefed on ‘house rules’ before slipping off your shoes and heading on upstairs. There are around nine to follow (nine lives, get it?) and they’re there to ensure the well-being of the cats. Part of it is, like in a zoo, feeding cats any sort of food is a strict no-no and leaving a sleeping cat be is well advised – seriously, you wouldn’t like it if someone disturbs your nap, right? So, same rule applies.
At Purrfect Cat Café, lounge sofas, chairs and tables are scattered throughout the café, emanating a casual and relaxed vibe. The crowd that comes in here is generally quite young, with students, couples and groups of friends in their 20s forming the main clientèle.
动物主题咖啡厅的概念在韩国, 日本等国家并不罕见, 人们点了餐点饮料就可以无限时地享受动物的陪伴.
Colourful kitty artwork, posters and photographs can be seen dangling from the ceilings and hanging on walls.
The upstairs is divided into two. One is a cat zone where you’re free to interact with the cats. The other zone is the café area that’s (living) cat-free but where cat paraphernalia is aplenty.
A cat lies on a mat in the Cat Emporium, where stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping up the opportunity to spend time with cats, even for just a couple of hours. You will find the kitties snoozing on shelves, in their beds and cushioned baskets, or just roaming about like they are the kings of the café (and they are). If you are lucky, you may even have one cosy up right next to you!
猫咪在咖啡馆里完全是自由的, 咖啡馆里有供它们攀爬的猫屋, 也有各式软椅供它们嬉戏打滚, 可它们最喜欢的还是在客人的腿上脚旁享受他们的爱抚, 并发出满意的呼噜声. 看着这一只只可爱的无忧无虑的小猫, 很难想象其实它们都是在协会被收养的被遗弃的猫.
除了和猫儿拍照, 客人还可以用逗猫棒等玩具来娱乐猫咪, 并用毛刷梳理猫的毛. 如果玩累了, 也可以翻阅书架上的书籍, 或与朋友一起玩由店内所提供的棋盘游戏.
As for the menu, fun kitty-shaped desserts and cookies are available to complete the whole feline experience. Prices here are generally affordable and reasonable.
咖啡馆同时还提供正餐和甜点, 正餐可以点沙拉, 奶酪拼盘. 抑或点一些芝士蛋糕作为下午茶. 周末还可以悠闲地来吃早午餐. 我点了一份甜点, 既精致又不贵, 配上我的卡布奇诺就可以快乐地消磨一下午的时光, 为了那些可爱的猫咪和那份惬意的慵懒.
The cats manage to drag in their fair share of felinophiles the rest of the day, keeping business purring along. Kitty cafes are proving the purr-fect way to unwind. Cat cafes offer a place to chill out with a drink and maybe read a book – with a resident feline on your lap. And you might be able to adopt one that you feel a connection with. Even though cat cafes have been around since the late 1990s in Japan and Taiwan, it’s only recently that hangouts with felines have been springing up across the world. And it’s no wonder – cats are thought to provide soothing company for stressed out humans, especially those who may not be able to have one at home.
如果你在槟城想跟喵星人一起享用餐, 不如就到乔治市首家猫咪咖啡馆里来吧. 猫之屋能让你放松下来, 喝一杯茶和猫咪们一起消磨时光. 这里的猫咪都是流浪猫, 咖啡馆的设计也完全考虑到喵星人的需求, 能让它们在这里跟人类和谐相处. 我想这些另类的咖啡馆中, 客人们享受的不是咖啡和其他饮品, 而是与生活在馆中的猫 “沟通”. 在槟城悠哉悠哉的时候, 可以来猫之屋咖啡馆喝下午茶.
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