Cats – love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’ve become one of the most popular creatures on almost every corner of the internet! But behind all those memes about their incorrectly-spelled cheeseburgers, perpetual laziness, and puzzling habit of sitting on anything we happen to be working on, they’re actually some of the most lovable companions one can ever hope to find.
It seems like Manila has finally caught up with this online feline fever because numerous cat cafes have begun popping up all over the metro! And, whether you’re a cat lover or not, trying out a cat cafe will surely be one unforgettable experience. So if you’re itching to get a taste of Manila’s cat cafe craze, we’ve rounded up the purr-fect spots for you to check out!
One place that adds a unique twist to their cat cafe experience is Bengal Brew, a place occupied solely by – yep, you guessed it – Bengal cats! In fact, Bengal Brew is the first cat cafe in the world to exclusively feature this exotic breed of felines, which often resemble leopards in their appearance. Aside from housing 18 Bengal cats, the place is also a favorite haunt for some local artists and celebrities.
Step inside the cafe’s doors and you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to the wilderness. Since Bengal cats thrive in tropical environments, the whole cafe is modeled after a rainforest – allowing guests to interact with the cats in their “natural habitat.” You’ll probably find them climbing cat ramps, perching atop tree trunks, and roaming around the caves and mini waterfalls of Bengal Brew’s life-size pond, so be sure to have your camera ready for those picture perfect moments!
Bengal Brew is located at Manhattan Parkview, Aurora Blvd. cor. Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Cat Cafe Manila
Heartwarming causes take center stage at Cat Cafe Manila, a place that aims to spread love for cats and advocate for responsible pet ownership while delivering an enjoyable themed cafe experience to its guests. Inside, you’ll find their resident puspins (“pusang Pinoy”) roaming around or resting on cute little wooden beds, houses, and hanging bridges mounted on the wall.
Those who happen to fall in love with any of these cats while visiting will be happy to know that they are all spayed/ neutered and up for adoption! As part of their advocacy, Cat Cafe Manila works in partnership with CARA Welfare Philippines to find new homes and loving owners for their puspins. Guests can enter for just ₱200 per head but the cafe can only handle around 15 people per hour, so it’s highly recommended that you make a reservation first through Cat Cafe Manila’s website before visiting.
Cat Cafe Manila is located at 2/F 189 Maginhawa St. cor Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 12 NN – 10 PM
Gilmore Cat Cafe
“It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” You might end up repeating these words over and over yourself after stepping inside Gilmore Cat Cafe. Those who adore fluffy and long-haired cats will be happy to know that many of the cafe’s resident felines are of the Persian and Russian breeds. You can even get the chance to meet Garfield – well, not the fictional character, but the cafe’s equally lovable fat orange tabby cat!
The two-storey cafe houses its cat haven on the second floor, complete with cat condos, toys, hammocks, walkways, and scratching posts. Guests who wanna take a break from playing can also relax, cool down with some yogurt and fruit shakes, and read a few books in the cozy restaurant area on the first floor. Gilmore Cat Cafe charges a regular rate of ₱300 per head with a consumable amount of ₱150, but students, kids, and senior citizens can enjoy special discounts on their entrance fees.
Gilmore Cat Cafe is located at Xavier Hills Condominium, Granada Street, New Manila, Quezon City. Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday 12:00PM – 10:00PM, Friday – Sunday 12 NN – 12 AM
Le Cat Coffee Shop
If you live closer to the south, don’t fret – Le Cat Coffee Shop is there to satisfy all your cat cafe-related needs! Anyone who wants to de-stress in the company of cute and furry felines can just head on over to this relaxing little corner in BF Resort Village. Its owners, a family of cat lovers themselves, hope to promote just how adorable cats are while providing a place for any fellow cat lovers who may not have their own kitties at home.
They’ve got a pretty extensive menu of coffee creations, which guests can enjoy in the simple but elegant cat lounge. Some of the breeds you’ll encounter here include the Ragamuffin, American Short Hair, Persian, and puspin. Le Cat Coffee Shop also offers two different door charges to its guests – ₱199 gets you one hot or iced coffee drink of your choice, while ₱219 will get you a frappe drink instead. Both door fees also entitle each guest to two hours in the cat lounge.
Le Cat Coffee Shop is located at #76 Gloria Diaz Street, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City. Operating Hours: Tuesday – Friday 4 PM – 10 PM, Saturday – Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM & 6 PM – 10 PM
Miao Cat Cafe
Miao Cat Cafe took the metro by storm last Valentine’s Day when it became the first-ever cat cafe to open in Metro Manila. Created lovingly by and for cat lovers, this cozy little jungle is home to over 20 fat, fluffy, and irresistibly cuddly felines! Puspins, exotic shorthairs, Scottish Folds, munchkins, and Persians are just some of the breeds you’ll find lazing about or perched atop the cafe’s tables.
In keeping with its central motif, the cafe houses a wide variety of adorable, cat-themed items. From decorations and fabrics to books and utensils – you name it and they’ve probably got a cat-themed version of it! The place also carries several toys that guests can use to play with the cats. Entrance per head is ₱300, which will get you a meal, one drink, and a maximum of two hours with the cats. Reservations are highly recommended since the place can get pretty packed – especially on weekends!
Miao Cat Cafe is located at No. 7 Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. Operating hours: Daily 11 AM – 1 PM, 2 PM – 4 PM, 5 PM – 7 PM, 8 PM – 10 PM
Uchi No Neko
Uchi No Neko (The Cat House) is the seventh cat cafe to open in Metro Manila. The place is just a short ride away from Ateneo, UP Diliman, and Míriam College, making it a great place to de-stress after a long day of classes. Most of the cafe’s cuddly companions are actually rescued puspins from individual rescuers and organizations like the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART).
Cat lovers will surely enjoy every element of the cafe – from its cat-shaped tables and chairs to its kitty-themed Japanese bento meals, pastries, and drinks. The place is even open to displaying cat-themed artworks from various artists on its walls. For just ₱300, guests are entitled to two hours in the playroom, a full bento meal, one drink, and one dessert. And if that wasn’t cool enough, Uchi No Neko also offers to look after guest cats overnight in its 9-suite air-conditioned cat hotel!
Uchi no Neko is located at 299 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Operating hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM
Velvet Friends Cat Cafe Co.
If you’re looking for a cat cafe with a view, Velvet Friends Cat Cafe Co. might just be your ideal chill spot. Aside from overlooking a sprawling green park, this 106-square-meter space also screams effortless chic – from its polished, veranda-style cafe section to its fancy metal chairs adorned with silly cat-printed cushions. Here, resident cats occupy a special zone called The Haven, a cozy 40-square-meter nook furnished with cat towers and condos, walkways, scratching posts, and food bowls.
Everyone’s free to stay in the cafe area, but those who wanna hang out with the kitties in The Haven have to pay a standard entrance fee of ₱290 per head – inclusive of a complimentary milkshake. Students, on the other hand, only need to pay ₱240, while kids aged 10 years old and below will only be charged ₱190. Velvet Friends Cat Cafe can accommodate around 16 people at a time – and they’ll gladly accept any walk-in guests too!
Velvet Friends Cat Cafe Co. is located at Unit 218, Cluster H, Blue Bay Walk, Metropark EDSA cor Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City. Operating hours: Weekdays 11 AM – 10 PM, Weekends 11 AM – 11 PM