Showing posts with label Cat cafe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cat cafe. Show all posts

Les Café Des Chats (Montreal)

Up until recently, I was living a bleak life – without a creature comfort that I always yearned for. Yes folks, I was cat less. So, when a trip to Montreal with the girls was planned, visiting one of their cat cafes was a top priority.

Without the strict laws that constrain Toronto counterparts, at Les Café Des Chats the feline are allowed to roam around the two-roomed establishment freely, and if they’re experiencing too much human contact, duck into a separate cozy sleeping area that’s customer free. Some sill like to stay with the crowd and sit atop high shelves so they can sleep just beyond arm’s reach.

Unlike the bad press that has plagued Toronto’s TOT Café, in Montreal, they don’t have kittens who require more sleep and are less likely to defend themselves against pesky children. Moreover, the larger space allows Les Café Des Chats to have more cats (there was about ten) so each one isn’t constantly being harassed by multiple hands.

For the most part, all the cats were friendly and playful – especially a white one that I named Snowball who loves belly rubs and stayed steadfastly by the window watching people pass by. But, there were a couple who rightfully would be annoyed when children pet them while sleeping. Is it mean to say I also loved watching them swipe at the small hands or bite the air beside them as a warning?

The food and drink offerings aren’t bad either – had I known they served soup and grilled sandwiches, I would have had lunch there! Instead, at first, I resigned myself to hydration only, sipping on a refreshing iced tea ($4.25) and then when the air conditioning became too much, cups of the hot Moroccan mint and cream of earl grey versions ($4).

Since it was a rainy afternoon, with no desire to trudge around the city with wet shoes, we stayed at Les Café Des Chats for almost four hours! Dividing our time between petting cats, taking videos to flaunt to my husband, and just sitting around chatting.

Feeling a little guilty for staying so long and only having drinks (although the staff there were nothing but patient and kind), I ordered a house salad ($6.50). The bowl of lettuce free chopped vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, purple cabbage, and corn) sure hit the spot … the garlicky lemon vinaigrette a great dressing.

Some would view a rainy afternoon while travelling as a terrible affair. For me, it gave us an excuse to stay at Les Café Des Chats just a bit longer. After all, as the Cat in the Hat would say about sitting around on a dreary day:
“Why do you sit there like that?
I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny.
But, we can have lots of good fun that is funny!”

How To Find Them
 Location: Montreal, Canada
 Address: 3435 Rue Saint-Denis

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CLOSED: TOT - The Cat Cafe (Toronto)

TOT The Cat Cafe Toronto

FINALLY! Toronto’s first cat café has successfully opened despite the red tape and hesitant landlords across the city. Having contributed to a couple failed crowd sourcing start-ups, the thought of a feline friendly café was but a distant dream. So, when TOT quietly opened on College Street, steps from the lively Kensington Market district, visiting the establishment instantly became my New Year’s goal.

After waiting so long, Toronto’s first cat café is … better than nothing, but definitely not as heavenly as I imagined. Firstly, the cats are segregated into a room beside the dining area, that you’re allowed to bring drinks into, but feels more like visiting a fancier adoption chamber than café.

During our morning visit, the three kittens were still sleeping and one of the house rules is to not wake the animals. 

Watching them sleep and not being able to play with them is excruciatingly difficult, it’s like dangling a lollipop in front of a kid. The only benefit of arriving early is there’s virtually no wait and we were able to stay in the room for double the allotted 20 minutes.

However, when the cats finally awoke, it was quite fun watching them stretch, eat and play. Ranging from 2 to 6 months, they are awfully cute and surprisingly patient with being petted by multiple strangers.  

TOT’s menu offers a selection of drinks ranging from $2 for a bottle of water to $5.15 for a large specialty drink. The Calico macchiato ($4.35 for a small) I ordered had a decent shot of espresso capped with creamy foam and a sweet drizzle of caramel. After purchasing a drink my name was added to a clipboard awaiting a call to enter the room.   

There was also a selection of sweets (cheesecake, butter tarts and cookies), fruit cups, yoghurt, veggies and dip, premade sandwiches and soup. Everything looked fine but no different from what you’d find in a cafeteria.

I really want TOT to do well… in fact, I NEED the place to succeed. So, to the owner: please do something to increase your bill totals so the business thrives (and opens more locations)! You have to make the food appealing so the café becomes a place where people stay and eat.

Given the establishment’s proximity to Kensington Market, use that to your advantage! Offer a couple of Wanda’s Pie in the Sky desserts, make toasted bagels using the wood fired ones from Nu Bagel and offer savoury easy to heat options like beef patties. There doesn’t seem to be a kitchen, could a catering service with a local restaurant work for more substantial plates during peak hours?  

Additionally, TOT definitely needs more cats, I dream about being surrounded by cats… not surrounding a cat with other people. To be fair, an employee explained they normally have five (still not sufficient) but since some were adopted they hadn’t been replaced. Which brings me to the best part of the café … you can adopt the cats!

Coming from the Toronto Humane Society, these cute balls of fur are in need of a loving home. What a great opportunity to spend time with them to access their temperament; if you have children they can even come along to get acquainted with the cat.

Although, TOT didn’t live up to my dreams, I nonetheless enjoyed the visit. Given I can’t have a cat at home, playing with one elsewhere is the next best thing. Unfortunately, bringing home a kitten would be one take-out item my husband wouldn’t be pleased with.

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 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 298 College Street

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