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Spend a Date with a Dozen Kitties at Cat Café Manila (and Get to Bring One Home, too!)

May 7, 2015

On lonely days, it is not surprising to find me looking up pictures of cats. On even lonelier days, it is not surprising to find me looking up pictures of cupcakes and cookies. And perhaps on an especially lonely day, I would not be surprised to find myself seeking a place where I can peacefully eat a cookie, while in the company of a dozen cats. Now don’t you direct me to the nearest bench, where I usually encounter strays that slink about the premises, staring upwards at whatever pastry I was having that day, hoping that perhaps they could partake in my meal. I’m talking now about Cat Café Manila, one of the first cafes of its kind to open on Philippine shores nearly two decades after animal-themed cafes started up in other parts of Asia.

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When Anna Calvo adopted her first cat two years ago, she probably didn’t expect her newfound love for her new pet to snowball into something as big as a food establishment. This year, she opened Cat Café Manila in Maginhawa with co-founder Denis Ty, where she now becomes mother to a dozen cats.

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While most animal-themed cafes get their supply of cats or dogs from the establishment’s owners, Cat Café Manila has partnered up with CARA Welfare Philippines (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) for their supply of felines. All once strays, the cats here have been cared for and have been successfully domesticated, showcasing their advocacy for animal welfare and responsibility. It was a pleasure to learn that all the cats here are up for adoption. For a place so focused on caring for cats, it’s even more marvelous to see the same amount of dedication being given to the food.

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The cafe’s fare seems just as cuddly as the animals, with menu items with names like “Meowcha Cupcake”, “Clawcolate Mint Ice Blend”, and “Pawreo Cheese Shake”. The most enamoring pastry around here, though, would have to be their large, luscious cookies, most especially the Peppermint (loaded with nuggets of mint chocolate) and the Black Sesame (nutty, slightly bitter sesame seeds are sprinkled over the surface of the cookie). The coffee and ice blends here are also great, but it is the elusive Italian sodas that make this café so recommended for the summertime. The Lemon, Ginger, Honey Italian Soda goes down like the carbonated equivalent of a spa treatment, while the bold, bright-green Kiwi Italian Soda tastes almost like candy.

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So instead of looking up pictures of cats or cookies, perhaps you should head on over to Cat Café Manila to experience the real thing. Who knows, maybe you could walk away not only with a full stomach, but also with a furry companion to call your own.

Have you been to Cat Café Manila? How do you feel about dining with some feline friends? Shout out your thoughts with a comment below!

Pepper.ph was invited to feature the above establishment. Therefore, the feature includes no rating whatsoever, which can be influenced or biased.

Cat Café Manila

Address: 2F, 189 Maginhawa St. corner Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
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Website: http://catcafemanila.com/

Gabbi Campomanes SEE AUTHOR Gabbi Campomanes

Gabbi Campomanes was created by several scientists in an attempt to give sentience to root crops, vegetables, and some species of fruit. Unfortunately, the experiment was deemed a failure and Gabbi was banished to live among humans in modern civilization. When she is not reflecting on her existence as a failure to the scientific community, Gabbi enjoys eating, writing about eating, musical theatre, writing for the theatre, collecting socks, and discovering new ingredients to pickle. She is currently completing her degree in Creative Writing.

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4 responses to “Spend a Date with a Dozen Kitties at Cat Café Manila (and Get to Bring One Home, too!)”

  1. Nice to know the food here is great! We’ve been to a cat cafe in Penang and the food was blah, drinks were too sweet. Good thing the cats were adorable. Can’t wait to visit Cat Cafe Manila. Bonus points for their worthy cause.

  2. Love this place forever!

  3. Jai Nadal says:

    Couldn’t help but notice the Sweetleaf cookies.

  4. Menang Gerie says:

    I’ve been there last April and I must say I had fun. Their blueberry velvet cake is great plus the saucer is sooo cute. The best time to go there I guess is dinner time where the cats are active and can play with you. I got here late afternoon so imagine the kitties are sleeping. I just want to share some of my picture from the cafe.

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