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Published January 21st 2018
Chill out with these happy friendly cats
The owners of Hashtag Meow Cat Cafe, Jerry and Amelia, really love cats. These cat cafes are very popular in Asian countries where most people live in apartments and cannot keep cats. They like to go to visit cats as an amusement. And these two seem to be on a good thing here, as Hashtag Meow has been open for almost 18 months and still going strong. On the day I visited, the crew of three were very busy making food and drink orders and taking groups into the cat room.
Hang out with some coffee and a meow at Hashtag Meow Cat Cafe. Image by Kat May
The cats are housed in a large enclosed room next to the café room. To enter the cat room, you need to slip on covers over your shoes to keep out any nasty germs. But you cannot simply turn up to this café and expect to get in to visit the cats. You must book your cat time of 30 minutes on the phone or by text. See the phone numbers below. A visit to the cat room is $12 with a drink included, but extra for a shake.
The cats up on their climbing poles. Image by Kat May.
The menu is limited to two savoury dishes and some desserts such as waffles. Drinks include soft drinks, coffee and shakes. But people don't really come here for the café menu - it's all about the cats. Once you are inside the cat visiting room, you can sit in one of the comfortable chairs or wander around and pat the cats. Sitting for a while and watching their antics of jumping up on the high climbing poles is entertaining.
A group entering the cat room at their prebooked time. Image by Kat May.
I can imagine Amelia in her later years. She will still have cats all over the house. For now, she takes her home cat with here to work every day. And he has plenty of company with the 20 resident cats who live permanently inside the cat cafe. The cats seem happy enough. Really all cats need is food water and a warm spot to sleep. The room is clean and the cats are well cared for. It is a fun place to take kids, overseas visitors and also the elderly would like it.
Come and chill for a while with these happy cats. Image by Kat May.
The cafe is a little tricky to locate. The council address says Payneham Road but it is actually on Montacute Road, right after the traffic lights. If you drive very slowly and then turn left after the lights, you can enter the laneway beside the cafe - but I advise against this as you may be hit by the car behind you. If you walk, it is right opposite the monument at Glynde Corner on the intersection.