Monday, May 26, 2014

Hop Hop Rabbit Cafe @ SS18 Subang

Here's where cafe-hopping takes on a whole new meaning. It had to happen: The Klang Valley now has a rabbit cafe, where cake-&-coffee lovers can cuddle up to furry, carrot-chomping cuties.

 Hop Hop, run by a cheerfully young & affable team, is split into a typical cafe space & a special grassy, glass-sealed room where several bunnies (nearly 10, for now) lie calmly in wait for the inevitable human invasion.

 Note the house rules. Meanies will not be tolerated, so be as gentle as, well, a rabbit. Customers are also not supposed to bring food & beverages into the rabbit section.

 Which will prove more popular: Rabbit cafes or cat cafes? We love Bugs, but we wonder whether we should bet on the felines.

Food isn't an afterthought at Hop Hop; even if you're not a fan of rabbits, it's worth coming here for the cake selection, which ranges from a well-executed banoffee pie (RM7.50) ...

 ... to this rich caramel peanut cake (RM10 per piece). Naturally, carrot cakes are available too (with cream cheese & walnuts).

Hop Hop's interpretation of S'mores (RM15.50), served fresh & warm with Nutella, is a guilty pleasure.

Savoury fare is offered as well; know-it-alls will be anxious to point out that the Dog Bowl of fries topped with cheese & meat (RM10) is evocative of what a certain restaurant at Aman Suria serves. Pasta, wild mushroom soup & herb-crusted onion rings are among the other potential orders.

Sumatran, Ethiopian & Brazilian beans form the foundation for Hop Hop's three-continental coffee blend. 

Maybe we should request rabbit-themed latte art next time? Could be fun. By the way, Hop Hop is a pet-friendly place, so feel free to bring canine buddies here. The outlet also provides support for animal rescue programmes; visit them to find out more.

 Wrapping up with Hop Hop's Milo Milo, a mix of hot chocolate & coffee.

Hop Hop Cafe
7 Jalan SS18/6, Subang Jaya, Selangor
Daily, 7am till at least 10pm

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55 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this place, Sean! I love the decor, the bunnies, and the way they present the fries with meat and cheese on a dog dish. Creative, splendid, fantastic! :)

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    1. Linda: really glad to hear you liked reading about this place. i hope the cafe owners will be encouraged by your feedback if they read it :)

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    2. hihi.. we are very thankful of the kind comments and are always striving to provide the best experience possible =)

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    3. Ci Long: thanks for your hard work. i'm sure many customers appreciate it and that they enjoy their time and food/drinks at the cafe :)

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    4. Dear Cafe Owners and Fellow Blogger,

      I'm sorry to be a sour puss - but regardless of how 'nice' the cafe is, people have to understand that rabbits are

      1) NOT meant to be kept on artificial grass like that. It may damage their paws long term.
      2) It is such a big lie that rabbits live on carrots - they should be fed carrot tops (vege on the top of carrots) and other fresh vegetables. Actual carrots cause long term intestinal problems because of the high sugar content.
      3) 80% of their diet should be fresh hay. I do not see ANY hay in the pictures, and I'm guessing they are not fed that because hay might just 'mess up' the cafe's decor.
      4) They are naturally timid animals and actually hate being moped about all the time because it scares them. So, for your own bloody pleasure, you are scaring the poor creatures with your foul-smelling fingers post eating.
      5) They are nocturnal animals, and therefore prefer resting/sleeping during the day rather than being poked and jabbed by apparently friendly customers (inevitable human invasion as you call it).
      5) I know better than you because I actually care for one myself and am not using rabbits for business because they appear cute and cuddly.
      6) Rabbits are cheap to buy in Malaysia, but they are really fragile animals that require lots of care and proper love. If well taken care of, they can live up to 10 years.

      Please check this website out for proper care of bunnies and have a serious think about the nature of your business. I love rabbits and will be more than happy if you need advice on taking care of them.

      http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-health-advice/rabbits

      Regards,
      Malaysian rabbit owner from London

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    5. Dear Mei Wong,

      Agreed on what you said, cuz i have my own bunny, business owner need pay attention on this matters if they really care the bunny not only business.

      Regards.
      Joan Ng

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    6. Hi Mei Wong,

      The rabbit's carrot intake are limited and they go more on leafy vegetables. there are fresh hay timothy always inside the box for them to enjoy =)
      all the rabbits are adopted and not bought =) our store is pet friendly and supports rescues. proceeds goes to different organisations every month.
      these rabbits have been with me long before the cafe started actually. they still come home to sleep with me on rotations =)
      regarding the artificial grass being bad for them, we had researched and the opinions are split. as long as they dont eat them it'll be alright we believe

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  2. That's very nice. I do hope patrons will comply by the rules though - seems to be a problem with people these days - if you say no, they will do it. Worse than kids, no respect for authority...nor rules and laws. Sad!

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    1. This is so true what you are saying! I hope that the patrons will comply by the rules as well.

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    2. Suituapui: heheh, spoken like a true (former) schoolteacher! :D

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    3. Linda: oh yes, you both make a valid point, and i think the cafe's staff make it a point to monitor customers who enter the rabbit zone to try to make sure the rabbits are properly treated :)

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  3. Those desserts do look scrumptious.

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    1. The Yum List: definitely enjoyed them, they were very well-made :)

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  4. Don't you think it's weird and awkward to bring your drinks inside considering how the table and chairs are positioned and that the entire enclosure is transparent and elevated? lol.

    Also those chairs look somewhat dangerous to the little bunnies. What if someone accidentally moves the chair and hits a rabbit? Hmm...

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    1. Jason: i agree with your point, but no worries about the drinks; the house rules actually state that customers are not supposed to bring food or beverages into the rabbit zone. the cafe staff serves everything outside and customers are supposed to eat and drink outside. i just added that point in the blog entry, thanks for noting it ...
      as for the chairs, that's valid too. i think though that as long as the zone isn't too crowded, most customers seem to move carefully around the rabbits...

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  5. The rabbits are too cute!

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    1. Footfringe: yaaa ... i'd like to see more pointy/upright-eared ones as well (versus the majority of the droopy-eared bunnies here, heh) :)

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    2. haha hi sean, if we get to rescue more rabbits we will find those really pointy ears ones, and tag you =p

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    3. Ci Long: cool, good luck with your projects and thanks for the positive efforts :)

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  6. Sorry, am not buying it. Food prep and animals just do not belong. I will keep thinking about how hygienic is the place when I see animals around. I know, it's in a glass enclosed area.. but still patrons go in and out. And there are droppings. And food in a dog dish? Not on.

    But then again, that's my personal take on it. Different stokes, I suppose.

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    1. JH: strong points, definitely debatable. Thanks for making your concerns clear in a rational manner. Personally, I trust the cafe's team, that they've considered those points and that they're equally keen to prevent any potential problems :)

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  7. hop hop...
    I think it is a good place for those young lovely birds to have a drink and chit chat over there..
    lol

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    1. Simple Person: love-birds & rabbits ... sounds like a good combination! :D

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    2. haha maybe we could do something about our deco to have birds =p

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  8. awww...rabbit and food. but it looks a little unappetizing for me >< I'm worried that the place is unhygienic too, since the staff also go in and out of the rabbit area...

    FiSh @ www.ohfishiee.com

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    1. Fish: it'll definitely be interesting to note how the team here tackles the concerns about hygiene, ya.

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    2. hi ms Fish, the staff that enters into the pet enclosed area will not have any contact with the food preparation. =)

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  9. Wah, there are real rabbits! I thought just the name, haha.

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    1. CK: haha, ya, real rabbits, perfect for a Rabbit like me :D

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    1. Zach: hope you made your frustration known to the team here, ya, so they can work on making a more satisfying drink :)

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    2. Hi Zach, Milo Milo Ice is actually classified as mocha in other cafes as it's espresso + chocolate. just that we named it after our 1st rescue "Milo"

      But do let us know how we could improve on the taste to serve you better in the future = )

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    3. didn't know that :) sorry for jumping the gun there.

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  11. What a random idea! Rabbits and cake... Unique I suppose.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heh, rabbit cafes have done well in Japan, so it'll be fun to see if they also make a splash here :)

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  12. That's a very cute cafe ! But very far thou :(

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    1. Cookie: hope you can try visiting subang on a weekend :)

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  13. Whoa some interesting comments here.
    Well will hop by for some hop hop time if I got the hope for it :P
    Desserts should get me hopping in!

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, the desserts are definitely decent. not a bad stop to hop into if you're in subang :)

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  14. wow this seems awesome! but wont the bunnies escape when people open the doors?

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    1. Yuu And Me: ooo, interesting point. but so far, the rabbits haven't shown any inclination to escape ... i guess cats might have tried to escape :)

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    2. very thankful that patrons are very careful in opening the doors =)

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  15. Super thrilled that this concept has finally reached Malaysia. Thank you for bringing this over! :)
    However, I do hope that the rabbits would be treated with proper care as per how house rabbits are taken care of (speaking from a bunny owner's perspective).
    Looking forward to stop by soon to check your place out! :)

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    1. hi grace,

      6 of them are my own personal rabbits actually... they have never lived in a cage since i had them. always in open area with playpen at the minimum... i still go in and spend time with them and they still come home to sleep with me =p they stay in aircond inside the enclosed area 24/7 too =p

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  16. I don't think I wanna see my food served in dog bowl, feel so weird :P

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  17. Haha its part of the fun experience :p

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  18. Cafe is really beautiful and customers love to come there. You have good varieties but i like the most is coffee. Cold coffee is my favorite.

    Regard
    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak.

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  19. woah, from cat cafe to bunny cafe pulak. but I pity d bunnies. not sure if d cafe owner actually loves bunnies or know much about them. maybe just hopping into the latest trend of cafes with pets? bunnies by nature feels terrified being in the open, around strangers, noisy places with no place to hide. they can get very stressed out. i can't even begin to imagine if some mother brought her kids there and they starts to scream in excitement and tries to grab onto a bunny. bunnies are known to easily die of stress. imagine someone having to be alert and worry for his own life the entire day! I plus bunny fur is crazy fine unlike cat n dog fur. it's going to really fly around especially during their molting season. I am a bunny owner for years so i know. I really cannot imagine eating there. lol

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  20. hi klieo lee. the rabbits are trained to be docile and friendly towards humans. all the bunnies are adopted and the original 6 are the co-owners rabbits. and the rest were adopted from customers that didnt have time for them. the rabbits have grooming session by the owners before the cafe starts for the day and once a month a groomer comes to assess them and provide extra grooming if needed.

    why the open space for rabbits ? ever since the owners had the rabbit, the rabbits have NEVER lived in cages, only in an open area with playpen. all the animals that the owners of the cafe own were never caged and thats what made all the owners came together to challenge the current concept in malaysia of having animals only in cages. this also explains why the pet friendly zone allows for free roaming of animals. though we understand that having a pet friendly zone may cause us to lose the non dog lover market, all the owners' common goal was just to create a pet friendly culture =)

    and at hop hop we dont wish to be known as a rabbit cafe but rather an animal lover cafe thats why part of our proceeds goes to rescues and us being known as a very pet friendly cafe =)

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  21. The café is closed for renovation apparently? I tried visiting there today but just sore a bunch of construction workers working inside.

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  22. yes we are currently closed for renovation and will reopen on June 19

    Updates made will be :

    Expand the pet friendly zone
    Make it wheelchair / elderly friendly.
    Shift the kitchen to the back of the cafe thus allowing us to open kitchen the whole day
    Update our rabbit zone

    Come visit us June 19 onwards =)

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  23. Does it close at 9pm on sundays? This is because i just came all the way from Ampang and it is 8.58pm and they just closed it. So, I just want to know exactly when and what is your closing time Because I thought it closes at 10pm. Or do you guys close as you like?

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  24. Does it close at 9pm on sundays? This is because i just came all the way from Ampang and it is 8.58pm and they just closed it. So, I just want to know exactly when and what is your closing time Because I thought it closes at 10pm. Or do you guys close as you like?

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  26. I have a pet rabbit and if I bring along my rabbit, does the cafe allow my rabbit to play in the rabbit area? While supervised by me, of course. Is there any payment required? :)

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