Animals draw the interest of many, especially the furry and adorable – so it’s a no wonder that animal cafes are drawing such crowds all over the world.
However, ethics are often called into question. As an animal lover myself, I’m often torn between the desire to experience these animals up close – and my moral compass.
On one hand, it allows people a chance to interact with wild animals, but on the other, keeping wild animals happy is very hard.
In an ideal world, animals should be left wild and free but we would like to share these animal cafes and hopefully, start a meaningful conversation about them, such as how we can change animal tourism for the better.
TripCanvas is strongly against animal cruelty, and we hope to bring awareness to the ethical concerns of animal welfare in establishments such as animal cafes.
Animal cafes are businesses that attract animal lovers, and we strongly urge everyone to treat these animals gently – and make sure that they are handled with love and care.
If you have seen signs that the animals are not being well taken care of, please highlight it to us immediately.
If the animals are uncomfortable with you, please do not force them to take pictures with you. Please also do not feed animals food that might not be part of their natural diet.
We urge you to write to us if you see anything that makes you uncomfortable – we will do our best to report the truth, and fight for their rights together.
1. From meerkats to corgis, it’s a wonderland of animals – Little Zoo Cafe
The owner of the cafe and animals has been fascinated with animals from a young age – and she started her personal menagerie in high school – her pets are what you will see here.
Quite possibly the only place in town with meerkats – which are quite inquisitive and might poke holes in your shirt, or steal your belongings (they like shiny things).
Aside from their stars, there are also racoons, fennec foxes, arctic foxes and common household pets: cockatiels, bunnies and corgis!
The decor is pretty simple and rustic, and there are ample basics on the menu from colourful drinks to desserts and bites.
Note: If you manage to go down for a visit, do let us know if you see any animals in distress, or if the animals look like they’re not being treated well. We’d like to hear about your experience there.
Little Zoo Cafe
Price:From 290 Baht / USD $9 (Based on minimum order of a drink + main) Address: 420 Siam Square 11 Alley, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Siam BTS, walk 6 mins to the cafe Contact: +66924481116 Opening hours: Daily, 10:30AM to 7PM
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2. These three racoons will keep your hands and hearts full – Pooltime Cafe
Raccoons are seen as pests overseas, but nobody can deny that they are incredibly cheeky and funny.
Probably one of the reasons why they are sometimes kept as pets. For example, the Instagram-famous Pumpkin the Raccoon!
The three ‘mask-eteers’ are as mischievous as they look, so make sure you keep your food away from them – and put your jewelries away for safekeeping.
They are only in the playroom a few hours a day and spends most of their time resting in their private room.
We spoke with the owner of the 3 raccoons of Pooltime Cafe, and saw how much the raccoons adore him and vice versa!
Don’t be too bummed if you catch them at a bad time, because the pool-inspired design of the cafe makes it pretty insta-worthy. Plus, it is comforting to know that their happiness matters 🙂
Price:From 80 Baht / USD $2.5 (for a drink) Address: 582 Soi Sukhumvit 63 Road, Between Soi Ekamai 26,28 (Taiping Tower), Wattana, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Thong Lo BTS, take a 14 min ride to the cafe Contact: +66 90 652 4109 Opening hours: Sun, Tues – Thurs from 1PM to 8PM; Fri and Sat from 1PM to 12AM (Closed on Mondays)
3. It’s a doggie dog heaven with manners on the side – Dog In Town
A relaxed cafe with plenty of pedigrees running around, and it’s a good thing that dogs are domesticated animals.
This means that they are more comfortable living and interacting with humans.
The best part of Dog In Town is how the staff take the time to brief children on how to act with the dogs, which are well trained. They have a few rules in place to assure that the dogs are treated well and with respect, earning them lots of praise for their service and treatment.
So what kind of dogs do they have? Huskies, and other big dogs, as well as Schnauzers.
While you can’t share the food off the human menu with the dogs, visitors have praised their taro burger!
Dog In Town
Admission:From 250 Baht / USD $8 (Unless you order something – there is no mininum order; their cheapest beverage is 95 Baht) Address: 16/1, เอกมัย 6, Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Ekkamai BTS station, walk 14 mins to the cafe Contact: +66 61 659 4545 Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 11AM to 8PM; Fri & Sat 11AM to 9PM (Closed every third Thursday of the month)
4. Cuddle cute fennec foxes, chinchillas and marvel at a caracal – The Animal Cafe
This cafe isn’t too out of the way, and it has tons of animals. There is a Harry Potter themed set-up on the ground floor so visitors can take a magical photo with the owls.
However, please be discreet and refrain from using flash as they’ve got really sensitive eyes. And if they seem uncomfortable, do not force them to take a selfie with you.
Once you enter the second floor, you’ll be greeted by free roaming kitties. But you’ll be too distracted by the caracal and serval, and other animals waiting for you in the other room.
There’s the super adorable fennec fox, caracal and a majestic serval that looks like a mini cheetah. Personally though, I’m in love with their silver scottish fold cat.
A note on some of these animals – fennec foxes and caracals are getting domesticated in other countries – similar to the domesticated pet fennec fox and caracal at Little Zoo Cafe.
Now, you might come across some raccoons pacing back and forth in their cages. It’s a stereotypic behavior that usually comes from captivity (and is often seen in animals at the zoo).*
Note: If you see animal abuse, or instances like the above where animals show signs of distress, please shoot us a message and we’ll help to bring awareness to the issue. If you know of an organisation that could help, it’ll be highly welcome too.
*We wish to bring awareness about this behaviour, and seek your help in sharing with us which organisations in Thailand we can reach out to to deal with this effectively. Many of these cafe owners have very limited capacity to discuss these issues in English, so locally based organisations would be more effective in reaching out to these owners.
The Animal Cafe
Admission:From 200 Baht / USD $6 (Unless you get a drink + dessert/main) Address: Sathu Pradit 19 Alley, Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From BRT Wat Dorkmai Station, take an 8 min ride to the cafe Contact: +0969900207 Opening hours: Daily, 11AM to 10PM
5. Wallabies, capybaras and a little piggy that’s too cute to be true – Zoota Bistro
This cafe’s a little different because it’s situated inside Central Festival Eastville, and many of its visitors feel that it is unfair to keep so many wild animals in small enclosures.
It seems that the wallabies and capybaras do get shifted around – and spend some time in a large outside playpen… But the same can’t be said for their squirrel monkey, reptiles, colourful birds and various small animals.
A heartwarming sight is seeing the monkey snuggling up to the piggy, and the wallaby curling up with the cat for a nap.
We’ve also found evidence of domesticated capybaras, pigs, and wallabies (from Little Zoo Cafe’s owner) doing well.
However, we’ve also seen one bad review where a traveller shared her thoughts on how the animals were being exploited for people to take photos of and with them. “These are exotic animals all locked up together in a horrible living environment. Horrible and heartless treatment of these animals.”
What do you think?
If you do visit the cafe, please share your observations with us, so we may continue to report the truth and bring awareness to the issue.
Admission:From 440 Baht / USD $14 (Based on minimum order of a drink + main) Address: 2/5 On La-iat Alley, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Lat Phrao Metro station, take a 20 minute ride to the cafe Contact: +66 2 064 7154 Opening hours: Daily, 10:30AM to 9:30PM
6. Watch out! The rabbits and guinea pigs are left to free roam in – Rabbito Cafe
We love that this cafe focuses only on animals that have been domesticated, like rabbits and guinea pigs.
Natural sunlight is filtered into the cafe nicely, giving you great lighting for selfies with the sweet bunnies and cute guinea pigs. Some of them are kept separated from the rest, but you can enter the hutch and make friends with them.
They are quite tame and welcoming, a testament to how well cared for they are. The staff shower them with love and gently guide visitors to do the same.
While they are litter-trained, there’s bound to be accidents.. So you might want to watch where you step.
Note: As the owner of a pet rabbit myself, I know first-hand how easily frightened and jumpy they can get. Do be careful to move slowly and read their behaviour before approaching them.
Admission:From 100 Baht / USD $3 (Minimum spend) Address: 29-29/1 ซอย สุขุมวิท 101/1 ถนน สุขุมวิท 101/1 โครง ดิ เอ ฟ เวอร์ รี่ บางจาก พระโขนง Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10260, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Punnawithi or Udom Suk BTS station, walk 8 mins to the cafe Contact: +66 61 632 2365 Opening hours: Tues – Sun, 12PM to 7PM (Closed on Mondays)
9. This pack comes with a beagle, corgis, goldens and more – HoPs Dog Cafe
A rather cramped cafe with about seven dogs running around at any given time.
Maybe it’s got to do with the overweight doggos. They might look super cute, but is as unhealthy for them as it is for us.
Aside from the fact that there are no quiet zones for the dogs to escape when they need to, visitors are encouraged to purchase treats to feed the dogs which has made them rather spoilt.
So, unless you’re really lucky, you won’t get a single whiff your way without something tasty to offer.
HoPs Dog Cafe
Admission:From 150 Baht / USD $3 (Inclusive of a drink and two hours) Address: Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Siam BTS station, walk 6 mins to the cafe Contact: +66 89 896 8690 Opening hours: Tues – Sun 11AM to 9PM (Closed on Mondays)
There’s the wolf-like malamute and his malamute buddies; a tibetan mastiff that looks like a bear but is actually a big softie.. There’s also the funny looking sheepdog, chow chow and afghan, to name a few.
Because the dogs need a rest from all the attention and because they need to sterilise the cafe every two hours, there are specific time allocations for play:
Round 1: 9.30am to 11.30am Round 2: 12pm to 2pm Round 3: 2.30pm to 4.30pm Round 4: 5pm to 7pm Round 5: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Make sure you make a reservation or you’re sure to be disappointed!
Big Dog Cafe
Admission:From 199 Baht / USD $6 Address: 88 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: Right outside theThailand Cultural Centre Metro station Contact: 095-259-2392,094-129-8666,092-361-8457,096-961-8277 / Line users can make reservations with @bigdogcafe (Do be sure to make a reservation in advance!) Opening hours: Wed – Sun 9AM to 12PM (Closed on Mon and Tues)
11. Now for the one that started it all with huskies – True Love @ Neverland Siberians
Yes, it is hard on huskies to live in warm climates with their thick coats suited for the cold, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming popular in Asia.
It must be due to their gorgeous faces and wolfy demeanor. But they have officially stolen our tropical hearts.
Every effort is taken to make their lives easier, they are kept in air conditioned rooms and there is a system in place so that they do not overexert. They are only let out twice a day to socialise with guests at:
12.30 pm (1st session) 3.30 pm (2nd session)
FYI, they operate on a first come first serve basis, and suggest visitors arrive at least half an hour before every session to secure a spot. (Children below 6 years of age are not allowed to participate for their own safety.)
True Love @ Neverland Siberians
Admission:From 500 Baht / USD $16 Address: 153 Paholyothin Soi Ari Samphan 2, Bangkok, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Ari BTS station, take exit 1 or 3 and walk for 20 minutes or take a 7 min ride to the cafe Contact: +66 90 101 9669 Opening hours: Tues – Sun 12:30PM to 4:30PM (Closed on Mondays)
Special mention: Home to the masterchef of dogs – Coffee & Puppy
A little bit further away, but perfect for those who want to learn how to cook for men’s best friend: doggos!
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own furbabies and also advised to make a booking a day or a few hours in advance to assure a spot.
Aside from two pomeranians that belong to the owner, all other doggies came with their humans. This means that you’ll see different breeds on every visit.
For those who prefer to puppy-watch and have good food, this is definitely not to be missed.
Coffee & Puppy
Admission: Free, mains start from 180 Baht / USD $6 Address: Chaeng Watthana Rd, Khwaeng Thung Song Hong, Khet Lak Si, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: From Lak Si Railway Station, take an 18 min ride to the restaurant Contact: +66 2 982 6519 Opening hours: Wed – Sun, 11:30AM to 10:30PM (Closed on Mon and Tues)
At the end of the day, animals are cute but they are not meant to be cuddled – unless you’re dealing with domesticated species like dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.
Imagine if a dog sniffed your butt, you’d most likely feel awkward and uncomfortable. If a bear were to bite you in play, you’d end up in the hospital.
While animal cafes and zoos are the closest we can get to different types of creatures, it might not necessarily be the best thing for these wild creatures. Some might argue that if a creature is meant to be in the wild, they should be left in the wild – while others might argue that sometimes these creatures have a better chance of survival in captivity due to decreasing habitats, harsh climates and more.
What is your stand on this?
If you’ve got anything to add, feel free to sound off in the comments!
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