Melange: Tokyo Ebisu

Whoever was responsible for the interior design for "Nyafe Melange" has clearly discovered the secret to a successful cat cafe - providing lots and lots of different places to sit, perch, and nap. At first glance it looks like an ordinary living room, with bookcases, sofas and coffee tables, but there are also dozens of custom-made shelves and tiny stools upon which the 22 resident cats can comfortably sit and preside over cafe business.

The human staff are friendly and attentive - when we took a break to jot down some notes, a staff member brought over a sleepy cat in a basket to keep us company.

Prices are quite reasonable (Y600 for the first thirty minutes on weekdays), and you don't need to order a beverage, although you can get coffee or tea if you like. WiFi is free.

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Tokyo Ebisu / Cat cafe
Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.
Y600 for first 30 minutes or Y1000 for 60 minutes (Y700 and Y1200 on weekends)
Average visit time: 30-60 minutes
Ebisu 1-7-13, 3F.