Cat Café Melbourne

Cat Café Melbourne
This Place is your Purrfect me-time relaxation in Melbourne.


Please note that your story you are reading happened when we visited this place last March 4, 2020.

I always knew I’m more of a dog lover until I met my first Siamese cat last Christmas Day. She is small and cuddly, very affectionate and purrs none stops each time we held her on my arms and give her some pat while I watched the previous season of Lucifer. She loves being with us all the time but learned her place during bedtime because I don’t want her to learn to sleep with us in the bedroom.

Cat Café Melbourne

During the pre-Covid19 season, while we are in Melbourne for a weekend, I spotted through Google map the Cat Café located in Queens Street. I insisted my boyfriend to visit the next morning and relax for an hour with other felines because we are missing our cat at home (she can’t travel with us, for now).

Cat Café Melbourne

Cat Café Melbourne is the first Australia cat café that was opened back in 2014 as a result of a successful crowd-funding campaign to provide homes to many homeless and abandoned cats in Melbourne. Inspired by many cat cafes in Japan, it provides safe and secure homes for many felines and visitors can play and sit with them for an hour while giving them treats to lavish upon you.




Although they accept walk-in guests (if there are available slots), we decided to book our session with these felines at 11am for an hour that comes with a warm tea. It costs AUD$15 per person. 

Cat Café Melbourne

Unlike many cafes in the city, you won't here those clicking sounds of keyboards from busy yuppies, loud phone calls, loud screaming kids and crying babies (though kids are allowed as well in this place), but instead, you will notice that eerie silence of rooms (both ground level and upper level) and mostly sleeping (or lazy) cats, don’t care of the world and wouldn’t approach you unless you got treats for them.

Each hour of visit only accepts less than 10 guests, to avoid overcrowding.

Cat Café Melbourne

There are four rooms coming off the main hallway. There is one main room, which has a large couch and a table with two chairs to accommodate humans and an array of cat furniture. Then there are three smaller rooms, each with one couch. One room has a bookcase with books, including many cat-related titles, and another has a Nintendo Wii connected up to a television, in case you are bored by the feline attractions. 





Cat Café Melbourne
Cat Café Melbourne

Cats have appeared in good condition, their furs are soft and shiny, and the people who cared for them seem to make a lot of effort to make the whole rooms clean and tidy. There are no scattered furs around, even their beds and blankets are all clean. They did a great job.

Cat Café Melbourne
Cat Café Melbourne

Of course, I could help to fantasize about having these kinds of furniture in our living room. Those chairs are totally adorable with cats prints on it!



Cats are notoriously clean and loving which is why we prefer having our little Smokey in our home.

Cat Café Melbourne
I like this little fella wearing its pride tie (is this cat gay?) but it doesn’t matter because s/he is adorable!


But despite their cuteness around, I felt this little awkward feeling being in this room. You see, cats are very territorial just like other pets, and being with other guests around makes it feel a little awkward also for the cats. All cat mama knows that having with cats enjoys alone time, cozying with them like it’s the best in the world. And when your cat responds to you because it’s a mutual feeling, not like some stranger that you just bump along the hallway.

Cat Café Melbourne

Sometimes I wish we can have this huge play tower in our living room, but we just got a small one for our little Smokey. But come to think of it, this thing costs a lot and I’m glad that there are many generous hearts in the city so that these purrfectly adorable felines will have a nice home.

You will be noticed that sanitation is very important in this place. I haven’t noticed any sign of cat litter around, or even the scent of it. Yes, I am a newly cat mama, but I hate the foul scent of their pee and shit.





CAT-BOARDING SERVICES
This cat café also offers cat boarding and day-care services while you are away for a long weekend or work. They have these two-level private cabins designed for cats to have a comfortable stay. It has a cozy sleeping area, scratch post, stainless steel bowls for food and water, bathroom for your babies, and well-ventilated sidewalls.

Daycare services cost AUD$25 per day which includes a choice of wet or dry food. For long-term or short-term boarding, check this link.

Cat Café Melbourne
Dada is like an animal whisperer. He can make most of the animals like (or love) him with his magical pet massage.




FOOD AND DRINKS
You can buy treats for the cats. Foods and drinks are very basic, not those you can find in many urbanized cafes in the city. They have coffee, which is in a vending machine, or have a green tea just like those from your Grandma’s home. But still, it is a nice place to relax.

Cat Café Melbourne

It is understandable that you can’t adopt these adorable cats from this cafe. Most of them are in the old age and changing its environment would only harm the cats. However, they have added listed services of available cats for adoption are you are keen to have of your own.





But if you can keen on visiting this cat café, just remember some of these key points:
* They only serve snacks rather than substantial food
* You may not adopt the cats from the cafe
* You must be respectful to the cats; no waking up sleeping cats or picking them up without permission
* No children under eight are permitted in the Cat Café.


Cat Café Melbourne

CAT CAFE SHOP
At the ground level, they have all sorts of cat-themed items that you can get a souvenir.
It was lovely to visit this place, maybe next time I’ll bring our friends here who do love cats!


Watch our vlog below!




Cat Café Melbourne

Cat Café Melbourne

30 Guildford Lane, Melbourne 3000, which is between La Trobe Street and Little Lonsdale Street, accessible from Queen Street or Sutherland Street.
Opens 7 days a week (11am-5pm). Please note they are closed daily from 1pm to 2pm.
Email: catcafemelbourne@gmail.com
Phone: 0491003583
Website: https://catcafemelbourne.com/



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  1. The place looks so cute! And the kitties as well. Just that I have allergic rhinitis, I hope that I won't be having any problems should I visit any cat cafes.

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  2. Cats are really precious, they're one of a kind! This cafe seem to be really cool!

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    1. I love the fact that it is so clean and doesn't stinky!

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  3. I want to go there and hug all the cats. I'm a cat lover and currently Mom to 9 cats haha.

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  4. It looks like a really amazing place Blair. It makes sense but I would never have thought that you would need to book a slot in a cafe. It sounds like a perfect place for cats and cat lovers.

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    1. The café is quite famous, and I think having a reservation makes sense in order to control the crowd and not give stress to these cats.

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  5. Cute naman ng cafe! Ingat po kayo jan sa Australia!

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  6. The idea behind the Cat Café Melbourne is novel and amazing. The setting is awesome. I'm sure that both the feline and human occupants will find it relaxing.

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    1. I agree! No wonder they gained many repeat customers.

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  7. My friend has been to this place, she loves cat so you know she enjoyed it. I want to go there someday.

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  8. I've never been to a cat cafe yet! We have one that opened recently in our city, I can't wait to go through such an amazing experience.

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    1. Cats gives an amazing delight, but of course beware from snobbish cats.

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  9. OMG this cat cafe looks so good. and the cats are so cute. I love cats actually. I wish I could visit it.

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    1. I wish I could have a fluffy cat. But if it quite impractical (I love cats but I hate loose fur!).

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  10. How awesome would it be if everything opens up again and this place would be available to visit! It's so nice that places like this are available for our fur friends!

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    1. Since the shop is not part of essential business, they might be one of the last to open again.

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  11. Home to many homeless and abandoned cats in Melbourne. This sentence ithink is the baseline for initiating this cafe. This is so unique a concept. . Each hour of visit only accepts less than 10 guests, to avoid overcrowding.This is again so thoughtful. So glad to read that hygiene is being maintained. Overall every aspect of the cat cafe has been thought of and i guess that is what makes it appealing

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    1. This is one of the CLEANEST cat café I visit. Better than the Tokyo cat café.

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  12. my heart will be delighted to be here!! So far, the best cat cafes Ive been are found in Japan. Seems like cats have special place in their hearts.. They treat them kings and queens...

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    1. There are so many cat café in Japan, and I just visit one.

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  13. This is the first time I hear about a cat cafe, and I think it is a genious idea. Some people can't have a pet, and at least there's a chance to get close to an animal and spend some time with. It's also good if you plan on getting a pet, and want to find out if a cat is the right one for you. Awesome!

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    1. Yes, this cat café could be our beta test for adopting a cat.

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  14. This is such a fun place and novel idea I should say, first I thought it was a cafe where you could take your pet cat.

    I guess if you ever wanted to see if a cat is the pet for you, this cafe would be the place to go.

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  15. So cute! I believe they have one of these in Los Angeles, CA too!

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    1. I hope many cat cafe will open coz it is good in the community.

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  16. Hahah cool cafe. Best for cat lovers like me. Hoefully, will visit it one day!

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  17. Interesting business model. My niece would love this!

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    1. This cat cafe follows the strict health safety of the guests and the cats, no wonder they still here for years.

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  18. I love the idea behind this cafe. I adore cats, they are fantastic creatures.

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    1. they are so adorable! I always thought I am a dog person, but when I got my cat Smokey, now I am converted :)

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  19. What a cute place. I would stand outside as I have severe allergies to cats (my skin will turn red) but my sister would love this place.

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    1. awww that will be a bummer :) Just enjoy the cat prints :)

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  20. I've never seen any of these near me. I don't know that I would enjoy due to allergies but I'd totally check out a dog cafe!

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  21. This is super interesting I'm a little bit concerned about people trying to get the cats. I wouldn't be nice for people to treat them badly.

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    1. most of the guests are those interested on cats and knows how to treat them :) So far no bad people yet.

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  22. The Cat Cafe looks like such a fun place! I wish we had something similiar in our area. If I'm ever in Melbourne I will check it out!

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    1. This helps many stray cats, and also human who can't have pets at home, and visiting a café is a cure.

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  23. What a cool place for cat lovers. I like that people can enjoy petting the cats

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  24. Wow!! This is so amazing!! The cafe looks so cozy and the idea is just brilliant for cat lovers!!

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  25. I would love it here. I am all about cats! I've always wanted to go to a cat cafe! One day, I hope!

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    1. If only I'm a millionaire I will build a huge cat paradise all for stray cats.

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  26. This is amazing! My son would visit and never leave (and he's 20) Any cat would love to live or visit such a sanctuary! Kelli A

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    1. I wish to visit them again when they finally permitted to re-open.

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  27. I absolutely love the idea of a cat cafe! This looks so clean and nice - it would be such a fun way to spend some time when you wanted to get out of the house.

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    1. That's true! Hope many niche animal café will be open.

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  28. I’ve never been to a cat cafe but it looks so great! We lost our beloved cat several years ago and I miss being around cats.

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  29. By admission, I’m more of a dog person than cat. Still, this cat café in Melbourne looks so niche that I’d like to visit if I ever get there.

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    1. Yes, but it is rare to have a dog café coz many still thinks that dogs needed bigger spaces. Maybe a dog sanctuary could be possible.

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  30. I love cat cafes! I always make an effort to visit them when I go travelling. It's my favourite thing to do :)

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  31. This looks like such a cute place and love the way its done up, especially those bright coloured chairs look amazing.

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  32. wow...this cat cafe seems so amazing and interesting..i haven't heard of any cat cafe before but this place looks awesome and a perfect place for cats...You enjoyed lot there and these photographs are giving the evidence.... (World in Eyes)

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  33. This is such a great idea. I am wondering what is happening to those cats during the lockdown. I must say that it is a great way to cuddle a cat when you need a hug.

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    1. I do hope they are all cared well. There are many volunteers in Melbourne who would love to assists them.

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  34. How cute is this cafe! I have always wanted to visit one of these car cafes! It looks like so much fun

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    1. It is fun and relaxing. Though I admit that most of them are not too affectionate (if comparing to my cat!) Maybe because they are immune to many guests that comes and goes.

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  35. This is so cool! I have heard about these places.

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  36. Cat acfes is heaven. It feels so good to be surrounded by cats!

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    1. Visiting them is so much fun! But I'm not sure yet if we are really to give our Smokey another playmate :D

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  37. What an adorable place! I feel bad for the one wearing the tie, it must be uncomfortable to wear any tie for a cat!

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  38. That is a different concept of a cafe. Cat cafe Melbourne is unique. We don’t have anything like that in Canada. People who love pets and can relax would love this combination!!!🤗

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    1. That's true! An hour of stay gives a lot of joy.

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  39. Wow i love the overall concept of the place! I wish there is a place like that here in Baguio. Good thing I have pet cats and dogs to keep the cuteness reachable haha

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  40. Awww cat cafes are the cutest and pang patanggal ng stress! I've been to one in Tokyo and it was my first time to experience it. Gusto ko magstay ng matagal but ang mahal hahaha! It's nice that this cat cafe you visited have cat boarding services! :)

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    1. I'm not sure kung parehas tayo ng pinuntahan sa Tokyo, pero I can compare na Cat Cafe in Melbourne is way better than in Tokyo. Especially sa cleanliness at walang amoy pusa!

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  41. I'd probably gush on these kitties and insists on taking them home! Cat Cafe Melbourne looks homey and cozy, and it's great that they have day-care services so you don't have to worry about leaving the kitties at home - I usually leave my kitties at my parents.

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    1. Cats are like babies! We leave our Siamese cat to my mother-in-law whenever we need to travel.

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