True Love Café – Find Your One True Love in BKK (Like We Did)
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a dog lover or owner. Since dog cafes are becoming more of a common sight these days, it’s starting to get difficult to decide which ones to visit whilst on a holiday in Bangkok. What sets True Love Café apart from the pack is its unique husky crowd. Essentially, True Love Café is, more specifically, a husky café.
Huskies are known for their beautiful fur and wolf-like appearance, making them one of the most handsome breeds of dogs easily. Their deep blue eyes(sometimes brown and blue) and striking facial masks add to their appeal. Despite their seemingly intimidating appearance, these dogs are affable and kid-friendly so feel free to bring your children in.
True Love café sees a snaking queue for their furkids. Note that you have to book your slot in advance. We went at 2pm but was only allowed entry into the café at around 5-ish which explains the less-than-satisfactory photos as the sun was already setting. For big groups or first timers, we strongly suggest that you go really early to book your slot to avoid disappointment. I must, however, admit that limiting the number of people does help to maintain the dog-to-human ratio so there’s always enough dogs to play with.
An hour of play time with the adorable huskies, a drink and a slice of cake cost 300THB (approx SGD$13). We got carried away playing with the dogs without enjoying our food. You might want to head there a little earlier than your assigned time slot so you can have some time for the food and drinks.
When it was time to head into the open space to play with the huskies, we decidedly left our cakes and drinks behind. We only started eating our icecream cakes after play time was over, so they were barely edible.
Although it is a given that not everyone will approve of dog cafes where playing and taking pictures with dogs are commercialised, I felt that most of the dogs were still genuinely happy and excited to meet strangers.
To the far side of the café, there’s a small enclosure with a makeshift “photo booth”. You should be able to notice it when the queue starts to form. The staff will get you seated and a few huskies will happily saunter over and give you warm friendly cuddles while the staff/your friends snap a couple of nice quick pics. Here’s one of us with the huskies in action!
The feeling was really surreal! It was kinda like free hugs everywhere! Getting so much love from these gorgeous creatures was an experience that I’ll never forget.
After wandering around the play area for a bit, you should notice a Shih Tzu amongst the pack of huskies. Also known as the leader of the pack, Momo is often seen wandering around playing with the huskies. In spite of his friendly demeanour, Momo is actually pretty shy so we couldn’t get a nice photo of him.
For those with cameras, be sure to keep your eyes open for a good spot towards the end of the 1-hour playtime. Momo and his lively pack of huskies will be gathered at the far end of the café (near the makeshift photo booth, before they make a majestic dash for their “bedroom”! Everyone was gushing over how adorable Momo was. The ball of fluff was the slowest, even though he tried his very best to keep up with his comrades. Well, physical limitations. Remember to shoot in slow-mo (most phones and cameras are capable)!
At the end of the day, the only regret that we had was not coming earlier. As it was after sunset, the pictures didn’t turn out as nice as we’d hoped. True Love Café left us all with a warm fuzzy feeling. It was wonderful to see that all the dogs were truly people-loving, and it only made us happier to know that they’re happy and treated really well here.
Indeed, this café is my one true love in Bangkok.
True Love Café
Address: 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 85 908 2777
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.