Ailu Cat Café

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Ailu Cat Café
Ailu Cat Café

Coffee cat in hanoi

By far, Hanoi’s wackiest cafe is Ailu Cat Café, situated on the shores of Tay Ho, Hanoi’s biggest lake.

In a city where snakes, birds and dogs are eaten without a second glance, a café with the word “cat” in the title sounds like a place tourists with weak stomachs should avoid at all costs.(Coffee shop)

Thankfully, the cats aren’t on the menu but all around the café’s cozy interior. Up to 20 of them are at times draped across tables, curled up on cushions or asleep in the shoe rack. If you order enough drinks to stay long enough, they’ll even sit in your lap.(Drink coffee in Da lat)

Ailu Cat Café
Ailu Cat Café

The café has an all-drinks menu, but the choices are both expansive and cheap; coffee, tea, fresh-fruit smoothies and juices setting you back around VND 30,000-50,000.

A recommendation for the adventurous coffee drinker is cà phê sữa chua đá, or iced coffee with yogurt (VND 35,000). Like peanut butter and jelly, it’s a combination so random that it just has to be delicious.

This place is always so busy that the rumor is that you have to book a cushion on weekends.

The cats in residence run the full spectrum of feline shapes and sizes; from tiny and timid kittens to sleek and slender shorthairs to large, fluffy moggies that observe visitors from afar.

Ailu Cat Café
Ailu Cat Café

As it is virtually everywhere in Hanoi, wifi is free, but unless you want a cat asleep on your keyboard, this is not the place to get any work done.

Ailu Cat Café, 4, Alley Xuong Phim, Thuy Khue Street, Tay Ho district.

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