When the French brought coffee to Vietnam in the 1800s I wonder if they ever thought a “Drinking coffee with pets” sub-culture.” would evolve. It’s a fascinating side to Saigon that I quickly fell in love with. Here is an overview of the Cat Cafes, Dog Cafes, and other Pet Cafes in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
- TOKYO PET Coffee: (Cat Cafe)
- Yuna Alaska Coffee: (Dog and Cat Cafe)
- Ken’s House Coffee: (Dog Cafe)
- Hachiko: (Dog Cafe)
- PNE Pets Shop (PNE Coffee): (Dog Cafe)
- Little Angels Coffee: (Dog Cafe)
- Ba Bo Coffee: (Reptiles and Amphibians)
- Pet Me: (Birds, Reptiles, Rabbits etc.)
- ICHI Cat Cafe: (Cat Cafe) CLOSED
- Other Person Cafe: (Cat Cafe) CLOSED
Please note that some of these cafes can close down and new ones open. Please write in the comments if you come across any changes or have personal recommendations to add to the list.
Food: If you have food you’re popular. Some of the cat & dog cafes will sell you food for a few dollars. It’s worth it! The cats will crawl all over you and the dogs will be your new best friends. (Some of the cafes may not allow feeding, ask the staff beforehand)
Hours: Call ahead or check on their Facebook page to ensure the pet cafe you are trying to visit is open. Their hours vary and some days they might be closed. It seems their respective Facebook pages are up to date.
When to go: During the week in the daytime is probably the best time to visit if you’re hoping for fewer people. On the weekend and during public holidays the cafes are busier but still fun to visit.
Hygiene: Every cafe will require you to sterilize your hands with an alcohol spray when you first arrive. You’ll also need to remove your shoes and use the slippers provided. Sometimes the cats or dogs like to pee to mark their new territory (your stuff!) so be careful where you put your things. I had a cat pee on my motorcycle jacket (do you know how pungent cat urine is?!) and a dog tried to pee on my backpack.
Drinks: All of the cafes will require you to buy drinks. The prices are about average for coffee and other drinks (by Saigon standards). 30k — 60k ($1.50 — $3).
TOKYO PET Coffee: (Cat Cafe)
(Formerly Ailu Cat House Cafe)
The first Cat Cafe I visited. The one that started my quest to visit the other pet cafes. A very caring staff and they had hedgehogs when I went! They let me hold a hedgehog (I definitely recommend gloves) and let them roam around while the cats sniffed after them curiously, quite entertaining to watch.
Address: 284C Nguyễn Trọng Tuyển, P.10, Q.Phú Nhuận, TP.HCM, Việt Nam
Hours: 10:00 AM — 9:00 PM (Closed Mondays)
Phone: +84 8 3997 0299
Yuna Alaska Coffee: (Dog and Cat Cafe)
A bunch of fluffy & friendly dogs on the first floor with a pug that will be in your lap within 30 seconds if he sees you sitting on the floor. Cats on the second-floor loft including a Sphynx cat that was quite friendly and wanted to sit in my lap, maybe because we both have no hair we instantly bonded. There were also two kittens that looked to me like little Ewoks.
Address: 58 đường D2, Phường 25, Q. Bình Thạnh, Phường 25, TP. Hồ Chí Minh (Address is a bit odd on google maps. Search for Yuna Alaska Coffee)
Hours: 8:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Phone: 090 863 62 89
Ken’s House Coffee: (Dog Cafe)
Kens’ House Coffee has about 12 sled dogs of various breeds: Husky’s, Malamutes etc. on the second floor. There was a small very friendly toy dog on the first floor that greeted me when I walked in though I’m not sure if he’s always there. They also sell dogs on the first floor. I asked to play with one of these dogs as they probably don’t get much attention. He was so happy to be out of his cage for a while.
One of the guys gave me food to feed the dogs. This made me a little more popular but not quite as much as I was at the cat cafes with food where they climb all over you. They were blasting loud music which made it hard to talk. I’m not sure if this is a common thing but you can probably ask them to turn it down. Or maybe it’s just me getting old and not wanting to feel like I’m inside a club with 12 dogs (That’s an idea. “Dog Club” spinning the latest EDM with roaming Huskies). I guess if they were blasting “Who let the dogs out” it might be more fun.
Address: 231 Phạm Văn Hai, Phường 5, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh
Hours: 9:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Phone: 093 208 01 84
Hachiko: (Dog Cafe)
There are 2 Hachiko cafes. I went to the one at 1531A Đường 3/2. Out of all the dog cafes I visited they definitely have the most variety of dogs, big and small. The cafe was full of people when I went. Dogs are very friendly. Though they did seem thirsty, licking the condensation on the cups.
Named after the famous Japanese Akita dog “Hachiko”, known for waiting for his master at the train station every day for over nine years after he passed away. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D
Address: 1531A Đường 3/2, phường 16, Quận 11, Hồ Chí Minh
Other Hachiko Dog Coffee:
Address: 14 Hoa Sữa, Phường 7, Q.Phú Nhuận (Khu Phan Xích Long) Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 7:00 AM — 10:30 PM
Phone: 090 647 83 89
PNE Pets Shop (PNE Coffee): (Dog Cafe)
A dog cafe I didn’t get a chance to visit.
Address: 106A Nơ Trang Long, Phường 14, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh
Hours: 8:30 AM — 10:30 PM
Phone: 097 329 23 18
Little Angels Coffee: (Dog Cafe)
The other dog cafe I didn’t get a chance to visit.
Address: Chu Văn An, phường 26, Bình Thạnh, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 6:30 AM — 10:00 PM
Phone: 094 442 04 04
Ba Bo Coffee: (Reptiles and Amphibians)
A cafe focusing on reptiles with a giant iguana as the star attraction. You can also see water dragons bearded dragons, geckos, snakes, frogs, turtles, and spiders. They even have a few cats and dogs. It’s family-friendly and most of the lizards can be picked up. I even saw kids maybe 3–5 years old petting the big iguana that probably weighed more than them. The cafe itself is a little run down and not super clean but if you’re looking to interact with reptiles it’s a good place.
Address: 93/18 Phạm Văn Hai, Phường 3, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh
Hours: 9:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Phone: 093 306 93 99
Pet Me: (Birds, Reptiles, Rabbits etc.)
An excellent, family/kid-friendly animal cafe focusing on birds. There is also a squirrel, some rabbits, a large tortoise, and some snakes and lizards. It’s very well maintained and very clean, with a small playground for the kids. The staff is very attentive and can help you hold the parrots. Just watch out for your buttons and shiny jewelry, they will grab them and won’t want to let go!
They call it a mini zoo at the heart of Saigon and it feels exactly like that. A zoo where you can interact with a lot of animals.
ICHI Cat Cafe: (Cat Cafe) CLOSED
Visited this cat cafe in Feb 2018 but as of April 1st, 2018 it is permanently closed
Address: 221/2 Trần Quang Khải, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
Other Person Cafe: (Cat Cafe) CLOSED
This Alice in Wonderland themed cat cafe is no longer open. I read about it in a list of cafes and searched the entire building where it used to be, only to discover it was no longer there.