Meows Away!: Cat Cafe Manila
I’m a cat person and definitely I’d visit a cat cafe. Fortunately, Maginahawa, one of my favourite places for food, has a Cat Cafe! Enter Cat Cafe Manila, a small, cozy cafe with a clowder of cats milling about.
my table at cat cafe manila
For you to visit the cafe, you must log-on to their website first (catcafemanila.com) and reserve a ticket. Upon arriving at the cafe, remove your shoes and sanitise your hands by washing them or use alcohol. Pay Php 200 at the door — Php 100 goes to CARA Philippines and the other Php 100 can be consumed for food and drinks.
As you enter, and if you are a first-time visitor, owner named Cat will enthrall you with stories of how the cats and the cat cafe came to be. Inside the cafe, everything is lively and the crowd are relaxed. The walls and windows of the place are adorned with cat drawings. The cafe itself is ‘catified’, kitted with cat beds, a cat wheel, and a wooden cat tower to meet the expectations of the feline friends.
The cats start to mingle once you sit down. You can play with them with some cat wands or just pet them when they are settled. Oh, and Cat Cafe Manila has some house rules you need to abide by.
My spot in the cafe has a better view of the cats around the cafe because I am in the middle!
another sleeping cat
At the time when I visited, most of the cats were asleep. Well, cats sleep during the day most of the time. Some of them were dozing off in their cat beds hung high on the walls.
Here’s Domino looking like a boss.
There’s a cat named Ling-Ling who likes to investigate handbags.
Now, let’s talk about their food. Being a cafe, they offer desserts, some pastas, mantou (stuffed bread), ice-blended drinks, and coffee, and are priced just right. The Php 100 from the door charge earlier will only get you a muffin or an order of mantous. You’ll need to add another Php 100 or more to complete your meal. As an added kitty flair, their names for drinks are cat-related, and it’s amusing.
What I ordered is a drink called Chocolate Cookie Cat (ice-blended chocolate drink with cookie bits) which was very yummy and filling, much better than what big coffee chains offer, seriously.
banana toffee muffin
As for the muffin, I had a Banana Toffee muffin which was miles-away better than what most coffee stores sell. The muffin is served warm and is very glorious when it reaches your mouth. You can actually feel the melding of the flavours of banana and toffee in every bite! The only caveat here is that you need to consume it while it’s warm or it will be hardened by the toffee.
nacho and BG
As a cat person, I love my experience inside Cat Cafe Manila, and I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars – it was that great and enjoyable! The owners are friendly and approachable, and they talk to their cats from time to time. It feels as though the cats there are not for entertainment but for raising the awareness of homeless pets and spaying and neutering.
a visitor and lingling
lingling smelling a bag
The good part is that all the cats there are up for adoption. I have gone to to Cat Cafe Manila twice now and I never get bored. As you leave, you can buy some cat-related souvenirs with prices starting at Php 200 and above. You can buy a wallet or a small cat figurine for your other cat friends. If you need good vibes to last throughout the week, be sure to come visit Cat Cafe Manila!
The Cat Cafe Manila Owner and Chaka
How to get there:
From Makati or from the south:
Taking the MRT: ride an MRT going to Quezon Avenue, drop off at Quezon Avenue and ride a jeep in front of Eton Centris that will take you to UP. Tell the driver to drop you off at Philcoa (landmark is a Mini Stop branch to your right). Once there, walk to a tricycle terminal, choose a red-coloured trike and tell driver to take you to Maginhawa corner Makadios. Trike fare costs 40 to 45 pesos because it’s faaaaar.
Ramdon Cat Photo
By bus: Hop on a bus that will get to Fairview or SM North, tell driver to drop you off at Philcoa. Same route after that point.
Cat Cafe Manila
2nd Floor, 189 Maginhawa corner Makadios Streets
Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Opens 12 noon to 10pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Be sure to book first on catcafemanila.com before going to the cafe.