UPDATE: I have just found out that the Gateria Cat Cafe is sadly closed. They still have an online shop where you can buy things for your kitty, and a Facebook page to adopt cats but the cat cafe is no more.
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I’ve never considered myself as a cat person, but it seems that lately I have developed more affection for our feline friends. Perhaps it is the lack of close friends & distance from my family when I’m travelling, but there really is something therapeutic about stroking a cat. When I found a Cat Café in Mexico City just down the road from my awesome hostel I knew I had to check it out!
I have never visited another Cat Café but I’m told you usually have to book a time slot with the cats, or reserve a table at least. Not here, you just turn up. It is just a small place with 5 or 6 tables, so it does get busy in evenings & on weekends with eager Mexicans waiting in line to get their feline fix. During the week though it is much quieter, and you can easily get a table.
The menu is basic coffee shop fare, with coffees, frozen smoothies, cat shaped muffins and huge portions of cake. They also have a few more substantial savoury dishes like a veggie burger, but I only sampled the muffin & cake.
All the cats here are available for adoption, the café acts as a kind of foster home while they look for owners tempted by a visit here to take one of the kitties home. They also host regular special adoption days with more fluffy kittens and cats who are looking for homes. Al the cats seem very well cared for, have plenty of toys to keep them occupied, and places to escape the reach of over-eager strokers too when they need a break.
I made the mistake of taking my laptop here to work, as the café has wifi too. However, it seems that the cats don’t like it when you have your attention diverted, needless to say I wasn’t very productive with a cat sat on my laptop!
I have been back here a few times on stressed afternoons, or when I just need a friendly kittie to play with. Far less work than owning your own cat, but still helping with their upkeep, this really is a feel-good way to spend the afternoon.
If you have time while you’re in Mexico City, and fancy a break from the 22 million people here, escape to La Gatería and find your own little place in cat heaven. And next door to the café is a shop where you can buy all sorts of cat-related items to take home for your own cat, or your newly adopted one!
Tabasco 337, col Roma Norte, Ciudad de Mexico. You can find them on Facebook under La Gatería.
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