I like cats, and I like cake, so eating cake surrounded by beautiful cats sounds pretty heavenly, right? Well since the cat cafe craze hit UK shores I've been able to indulge my fantasies thanks to Scotland's first cat cafe, Maison De Moggy, which opened in Edinburgh in early 2015. I paid my first visit last summer and loved every second, so when Lis suggested that we pay Maison De Moggy a visit for some early birthday celebrations I was very quick to get on board.
Maison De Moggy is located at 17-18 West Port in Edinburgh's Grassmarket, just a couple of minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile. For those unfamiliar with the concept of cat cafes, you are essentially paying an hourly rate to enjoy the company of some top class moggies whilst devouring sweet treats and filling up on cups of tea - or your alternative refreshment of choice.
The cafe is a purpose built home for the kitties, so they have lots of fun and games to keep them entertained if the hordes of adoring people aren't quite enough. You can relax on the huge comfy couches and watch the cats roam to your hearts desire, or if you're like me you'll find yourself endlessly wandering around the two rooms in awe of all. the. cats. Maison De Moggy is home to twelve beautiful cats, each with their own distinct personalities and habits. The cafe is decorated with signs describing the cats and their loves, but the best way to discover their nature is just to hang out with them.
It's hard to pick a favourite, but Sebastian (or Sebastian de la Creme to use his full title) is definitely a firm contender. He's the gorgeous ginger British Short Hair with a cheeky little chubby face who loves a treat and a tummy rub. I cannot resist that squishy face! I also discovered an unexpected affinity to Elodie the Sphynx who was sporting a fetching little hoody whilst sprawled next to the heater. Her dedication to stealing cake from the customers was admirable and I don't think you can say you've seen it all until you've seen a hairless cat in a hoody jumping across the air to steal a chunk of someone's cake from their plate. You can see some footage of the cats in my newest weekly vlog which I think shows their personalities a little better than photos can.
So, if you fancy paying Maison De Moggy a visit to see it for yourself here are a few tips that are worth bearing in mind:
- You'll need to take your shoes off, or use shoe covers, so try to avoid my mistake of wearing tights with holey toes or mis-matched socks...
- The cats have a plethora of toys and treats available so there's no need to bring your own, just bring yourself and maybe a camera as these babies are hard to resist snapping cute photos of!
- In my experience Maison De Moggy can get booked up quickly, especially over the summer and throughout the Fringe, so I'd recommend booking in advance
- Cats sleep a lot, and I'm incredibly jealous of that, but I find that the cats at Maison De Moggy are particularly sleepy after their lunch and tend to be a bit more active in the morning
- Be prepared to fight for your cake, Elodie isn't referred to as a cake ninja for nothing. Hold it high, eat it quickly, whatever your plan of action is you need to be prepared for a bit of feline attention when it comes to your snacks!
- Speaking of cakes, the selection on offer are all locally sourced and there's a good variety to suit all dietary requirements including gluten free and vegan - there's something for everyone
Matching cat prints aren't compulsory, this is just what happens when you are basically the same person, and always end up buying the same clothes. You can read Lis' post about the cat cafe here and be sure to check out Maison De Moggy on Facebook and Twitter too.