cat cafe cbdDecember 15, 2021
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The Best Cat Cafés in Melbourne.
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Cuddle up to a kitty at one of Melbourne’s OG cat cafés.
Don clothes you don’t mind getting fur on, grab a snack or a drink and choose the perfect spot for you. You can spend an hour, the day or find your fur-ever friend and adopt a kitty at some of these venues.
You might not have a cat but really want one, or you might just need to get away from it all and cuddle up to a little furball. Whatever your needs are, Melbourne’s cat cafés can probably ease your woes.
Bookings are taken for hour-long visits at $12 a head, and once you’ve found a cat-watching spot, order coffee and snacks from the menu. Unfortunately, Australia is a total killjoy on the health and safety front, and so the café can only serve up pre-packaged foods (chips, chocolate bars, biscuits), and low-risk drinks (soft drinks, tea, instant coffee and hot chocolate with powdered milk).
The 13 cats that call this café home have all been adopted from shelters around Melbourne and are being cared for and loved when they might otherwise have been forgotten. Children under eight years aren’t permitted.
I definitely enjoyed my time here. The staff were nice and welcoming. The cats were friendly and playful. A definite plus for me was that the cats were all rescued. Thank you BaristaCats for giving them a furever home.
$10 entry fee and amazing drinks. Cats were super cute and it had a friendly environment I just love cats and relaxing for an hour with cats. I’d highly recommend this place.
This place is amazing. I went sometime last week, and it now is one of my favourite places despite having gone only once. Now, I didn’t order anything, but it’s worth mentioning that the staff there were very friendly and welcoming, introducing you to each of the cafe’s adorable cats. I’ll definitely be going again, and the second time, I won’t be alone either- it felt almost wrong of me not to tell others about this place. Cozy and aesthetically pleasing, comforting and warm, it is undoubtedly the best place to be for foodies and cat lovers alike. As an overall comment, it’s a must-visit; a hidden gem and a nice break in the busy flow of the city.
Designed for the metropolitan Aucklander who lacks a lawn or apartment spacious enough to house a roaming puss, this cosily decked out space is purrfect for those in need of a de-stress treatment, a break from the office or just general kitten cuddles. Located on the first storey of 95 Queen Street (accessible via Exchange Lane – which is opposite Fort Street aka the weird lane with the spiral staircase) it is challenging to find but easily worth the trip.
Nine cats make up the team that occupy the space, a collection of rescues of all shapes and sizes, each with their own unique characteristics and quirks which only serve to endear them to you all the more. Should you find yourself uncertain, handy reference guides/power rankings for each feline, by Cuddlyness, Playfulness and Sleepyness, adorn the back of each menu.
A funky loft apartment space greets you complete with a plethora of cat toys, couches, climbing towers and bean bags. The wooden floors and furniture fit out will give you post-student flat flashbacks, as it’s an assorted mix, but gives it just the right lounge/chill out feeling you’re after.
Serving up hot and cold beverages (get an iced tea, be a cool cat), along with a selection of sandwiches, cakes and slices, it’s all very relaxing – and at $15 for an hour (including a free coffee or drink of your choice) and a maximum of 16 people per session it’s not damaging on the wallet or overcrowded. Meanwhile, the strategically placed catnip and cat toys, a sure-fire crowd pleaser amongst the inhabitants, means they’re more than happy to clamber near you, around you or on you.
The feline trend is clearly well underway in Auckland – there’s cat cafe number one (The Cat Lounge), Uber’s Kitten Delivery and now, following hot on their heels, Auckland’s second (and only centrally located) cat club: Barista Cats Cafe.
Given the limited crowd size at one time, bookings in advance are strongly advised – so why not make one right now? You know those studies about cats and blood pressure are true. Reward yourself, get that pussy.