I think everyone knows about my cat lady tendencies and my love for all things feline. I’ve grown up around cats and the rest of my family adore cats just as much as I do, so it’s hardly surprising that I find myself drawn to them. Earlier this year I paid a second visit to Maison De Moggy through in Edinburgh and since then I’ve been determined to tick more cat cafes off the list. Last week my mum and I spent a few days in Manchester visiting family, so took full advantage of being in the city by paying a visit to their recently opened Cat Cafe. I know I could drink tea and be ignored by a cat in my own home, but I chose to pay for the privilege yet again. Don’t judge me, okay?
Having opened in July 2016, the Manchester Cat Cafe is home to over 10 cats who are free to roam around the open plan cafe space. Alongside their elevated run, the abundance of cosy baskets and their wall mounted beds they have space behind the scenes to hide away if they don’t fancy socialising – which seemed to be the case for quite a few of them when we were there! We visited early evening, as it was the first spot available to book, and unfortunately for me, quite a few of the cats didn’t make an appearance in the main cafe area bar a quick stampede for tuna just as we were leaving. I guess that just means I’ll need to go back again, right?!
Like any good cat cafe, there are a handful of rules in place to ensure the wellbeing of the cats, such as not pestering them when they’re sleeping and not picking them up, as well as the option of shoe covers or some fancy paper slippers to stop visitors bringing in anything nasty from the outdoors.
The cafe area is big, bright and airy with plenty of comfy couches, tables and other spots to sit whilst enjoying your drinks (which are included in the cover price – big bonus!) and a selection of their delicious cakes. They have gluten free and vegan options too, which was great to see on offer. I chose a salted caramel brownie square which was absolutely delicious and very more-ish. It was very quickly demolished, though, because as much as I love food I was there to hang out with the cats.
Cue more cat photos…
Manchester’s answer to the Cat Cafe craze definitely didn’t disappoint. It was a little busy, and the wide open plan nature of the main room wasn’t quite as cosy as I would have liked, but that’s really just personal taste. The staff were absolutely lovely, and very clearly cared about the welfare of their cat companions. The cafe operates on a 50% bookings, 50% walk-in basis which I think is a pretty good set up, and the £12 an hour charge includes all of your drinks. It may seem expensive, but it’s pretty in keeping with other cat cafes I’ve seen and many of those will charge for your drinks on top of that.
Even if the cats were totally disinterested in my company it was still worth it. Next time I think I’ll head back in the morning, hopefully they’ll be a little more awake! You can find out more about Manchester’s Cat Cafe on their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.