Reptile Cafes Are The Latest Dining Trend, Here’s Where You Can East Alongside Snakes And Lizards
Reptile cafes are taking global dining trends by storm, allowing you to dine alongside reptiles at places like Yaps Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Tokyo Snake Center in Tokyo, Japan, and Little Zoo Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand.
Have you ever imagined dining alongside slithering snakes and lively lizards? Well, now you can, as reptile cafes have become the latest dining trend taking the world by storm. These unique dining establishments offer patrons the chance to not only indulge in delicious food and drinks but also to interact with live reptiles. From bearded dragons to ball pythons, these cafes provide a one-of-a-kind experience for those seeking something out of the ordinary.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new, here are some places where you can enjoy a meal surrounded by these scaly creatures. According to Reuters, Yaps Cafe, a reptile cafe, recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. Here, patrons can take pleasure in its reptilian ambiance while enjoying some drinks and desserts. Yap’s Cafe owner, Yap Ming Yang, hopes that visitors to his pet-friendly cafe will learn to appreciate snakes and lizards as much as they do furrier creatures such as dogs and cats.
If you happen to be in Japan, consider stopping by The Tokyo Snake Center, located in the heart of Tokyo. This reptile cafe is renowned worldwide for its large glass tanks housing a diverse array of snake species. While enjoying your choice of coffee, tea, or other beverages, you can observe the snakes moving about. For the adventurous, there’s even an opportunity to handle and pet some of the snakes.
Another popular reptile cafe is the Little Zoo Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand. This cafe not only features snakes but also other exotic animals, such as meerkats, raccoons, and even fennec foxes. Customers can enjoy a variety of drinks and snacks while they interact with the animals in a safe and controlled environment. The Little Zoo Cafe has become so popular that it now has multiple locations throughout Bangkok.
While reptile cafes are still relatively new, they are quickly gaining popularity in other parts of the world as well. Here in the United States, while not exactly a cafe, per se, people can still eat amongst reptiles in a rented picnic area at the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, Washington. With its extensive collection of reptiles, it is a popular place for birthday parties and family outings.
Despite their popularity, some people have raised concerns about the welfare of the animals housed in these cafes. Many people who care about animal rights say that keeping animals in captivity for entertainment is wrong and cruel. But people who support reptile cafes say that these places give people a unique chance to learn about and appreciate these animals, which are often misunderstood.
In an interview with CNN, Tokyo Snake Center owner Toshiyasu Sasaki defended his cafe’s practices, stating that the snakes are well taken care of and that the cafe serves an important educational purpose. “It’s a place where people can come and learn about snakes and other reptiles,” he said. “We have a lot of customers who come in with their children, and it’s a great way for them to learn about these animals in a safe and controlled environment.”
While the debate over the ethics of reptile cafes may continue, there is no denying that they offer a unique and unforgettable dining experience. Whether you’re a seasoned reptile enthusiast or simply looking for something new and exciting to try, a trip to a reptile cafe is sure to be a memorable experience.