Gatwa W Gahwa, the First Cat Cafe in Kuwait

Post by Mark

Gatwa W Gahwa is a cat cafe thats soft launching this coming Saturday. They’re located in the basement of Galleria 2000 in Salmiya and they have around 10 cats which you can hang out and play with. The idea of a cat cafe isn’t new, I got to experience one around 5 years ago when I was in Japan, but this will be the first cat cafe in Kuwait and only the second in the region.

The price for spending time and playing with the cats is KD3.5 for half an hour or KD5 for an hour. They will be offering discounts for those who wish to stay longer and even a monthly membership for those who want to come in everyday. You’ll also be able to book the whole place for book readings or even cat yoga. I was there earlier today and the cats are super cute and really playful. I was pretty surprised at how beautiful some of the cats were, for some reason when I heard they were rescued cats I was expecting to find a cafe fill with street cats but instead all the cats I interacted with were so cute and fluffy.

They’re soft opening from this Saturday and their timings during Ramadan will be 12PM to 4PM and then 8PM to 12AM. After Ramadan their working hours will be 11AM to 10PM. They’ll also have an online reservation system up and running this weekend. For more information check out their instagram account @catcafeq8

PS: Remember Abdulai? He now works at the Cat Cafe!

Update: Their website and reservation system is now online [Here]


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  1. Kirsten says:

    What’s going to happen when K’s Path closes?? Will the cafe still run?

  2. Sam says:

    Soo cute. What does Gatwa W Gahwa mean in English?

  3. Mike says:

    Can you bring your own cat ?

  4. A says:

    reads like a description to a brothel lol

  5. Sh says:

    Don’t really know this works but what if I just want to have coffee and go? Do I still need to pay extra for spending time with the cats?

    Or is it like I pay for time in the cafe irrespective of what I eat/drink.

    • Mark says:

      the coffeeshop is next door, the law in kuwait doesn’t allow animals in restaurants/cafes etc. So you can have coffee and watch the cats from outside or choose to go in and play with the cats for a fee.

      • Dun says:

        I would also hope its legal for you the customer to chose to take your coffee yourself and walk into the cat area. Much the same way I can order McDonalds and go eat it in a barn if I want to. Have Ms. Fajr look into this :)

  6. Q8GEEK says:

    “Alright hun, good knowing you. Good bye~” — My wife.

  7. Silver says:

    Can I bring my cat to hang out too?

  8. Gargoyle says:

    So monthly membership and you can also book the whole place to yourself, how does that work say i got a membership to go daily and someone decides to book the place to themselves does that mean i cant go in using my monthly membership ? 🙄

  9. Dun says:

    This is so awesome. I promise I will be a regular! Its also great that Abduali has a good job now.

  10. Halyoosha says:

    The first Cat Cafe I visited was in Europe, Slovenia. I loved the concept and it was a pleasant, clean coffee shop. There were cats of various exotic breeds like Devon Rex, Siamese, Persian, etc and they were all so playful and friendly. As I sipped on my coffee, some cats would sit on my lap and fall asleep or interact with you and their toys. The coffee was great too, and the place is not easy to maintain and take care of. I actually wondered about a Cat Cafe opening up in Kuwait but didn’t think it would be a good idea here. I don’t see the point in paying an extra fee just to have access to see and play with cats, is it a cat zoo? As lovely and attractive as the idea of a Cat Cafe is, it shouldn’t work that way in my opinion.

  11. Halyoosha says:

    The first Cat Cafe I visited was in Europe, Slovenia. I loved the concept and it was a pleasant, clean coffee shop. There were cats of various exotic breeds like Devon Rex, Siamese, Persian, etc and they were all so playful and friendly. As I sipped on my coffee, some cats would sit on my lap and fall asleep or interact with you and their toys. The coffee was great too, and the place is not easy to maintain and take care of. I actually wondered about a Cat Cafe opening up in Kuwait but didn’t think it would be a good idea here. I don’t see the point in paying an extra fee just to have access to see and play with cats, is it a cat zoo? As lovely and attractive as the idea of a Cat Cafe is, it shouldn’t work that way in my opinion.
    It takes away from the actual experience/ atmosphere, which is to have some good coffee with your furry friends.

    • Mark says:

      At the cat cafe I went to in Japan it was about the cats than the coffee. Coffee was actually a vending machine and instead u paid by the hour to spend time with the cats.

  12. fajer says:

    eep so exciting!

  13. Andy says:

    Let’s hope it doesn’t end up like this again!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31057350

  14. vampire says:

    whats wrong with street cats? :/

    I have a 1 month old kitten that needs a home

  15. Hozz says:

    We went to cat cafe last year in Shibuya/Tokyo and it was amazing setting and playing with all the cats, there were drinks and ice cream available in the vending machines and you can buy a treat for the cats and feed them yourself ! we actually made a Vlog about the whole experience if you want to see how cat cafes look like in Japan.
    https://youtu.be/qlrxmhTqJig?list=PLnf97YCeGlgsU4XfFK6599uGIdJZBmKGu


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