Anyone who’s been reading this blog for any length of time has probably noticed that I am a bit of a cat fanatic. I make cat gift lists. I list “cat-mom” on my business cards. And I have a Pinterest board called “Crazy Cat Lady.”
So, when I realized that Montreal had not one, not two, but THREE cat cafes all within walking distance of each other I knew just what to do. I had to plan a Montreal cat cafe crawl. I ended up doing the crawl by myself, and turned it into a sort of self-pamper day with stops at Millenium Comics and Boutique Geekatorium. Included in my recap are mini-reviews of each cafe based on cats, ambiance, and food.
My first stop was also Montreal’s newest cat cafe, the all vegan Cafe Venosa. In addition to the delicious, cruelty free menu, Cafe Venosa also distinguishes itself as the only of the three cafes featured that allows cafe goers to adopt the cafe’s cats. While all cat cafes in Montreal exclusively feature rescue cats, Cafe Venosa is the only one that allows adoptions.
While the menu options are limited, there is a good selection of breakfast, lunch, sweet and savory options. I got a latte with soy milk (almond milk is also an option) and the quiche which was made with tofu and vegetables in a deliciously flaky phyllo crust.
Two of the resident cats were recently adopted, so there were only three fluffy friends wandering around. As is standard with most cat cafes, guests are persuaded not to bother cats when they’re sleeping, but orange tabby Hobbes did come say ‘hi’ when I munched on my lunch.
Despite being the newest cat cafe in town, Cafe Venosa might just very well have become my favourite.
Cafe Chat L’Heureux
The second stop on my cat cafe crawl is also, arguably, the most famous. Cafe Chat L’Heureux was the subject of a very successful crowdfunding campaign to open North America’s first cat cafe. They ended up getting beaten to the punch by Le Cafe des Chats, but still stand out for their full menu, cat merchandise and trained cats that will give high-fives on demand. The atmosphere is a bit busy, but definitely still cozy.
While a little on the pricey side, Cafe Chat L’Heureux is definitely the largest of Montreal’s cat cafes cat which makes it especially good for large groups. They also have the most comprehensive menu, with full meals and lots of desert options. While not vegan like Cafe Venosa, all options are at least vegetarian.
The higher prices are justified by also contributing to the welfare and upkeep of the resident kitties, which makes sense as Cafe Chat L’Heureux is definitely the best outfitted of Montreal’s cat cafes with elevated walkways, cat beds and scratching posts galore. That said, I still feel like $7.50 for a smoothie is a little goofy.
Cafe Chat L’Heureux has a total of 10 cats “on staff” right now, including two unnamed kittens! The little grey kitten was especially friendly, jumping onto my lap to check out my comic book before bounding off to bother his black cat sibling.
While able to claim the title of first cat cafe opened in Montreal, the search engine ready Le Cafe Des Chats is also the smallest of the three cafes I explored. It’s location right next to a metro station mean that it is pretty popular with tourists, despite having the most limited menu of any of the cat cafes.
While the small size and 8 chats can make it feel a little cramped, Le Cafe Des Chats does have a chill out room for kitties who have had enough attention from the public. They are also the most vigilant about make sure guests wait to be seated, making sure they cleanse their hands with anti-bacterial gel before entering.
The menu is limited to bakery items and some sort of panini for $7.65. I got a small cupcake with rock hard icing that had clearly been in the fridge a little too long. While water is listed on the menu at $2.50, my glass seems to have been included with my cupcake.
Le Cafe Des Chats also has cat art on offer and they appear to be a Royal Canin food dealer. While definitely my least favourite cat cafe in Montreal, Le Cafe Des Chats is still worth a look if you find yourself in the neighborhood.
All in all, the fact that Montreal now has 3 cat cafes that can all be visited in the course of one afternoon is pretty incredible and I encourage you all to go on your own cat cafe crawl if you ever find yourselves in the Plateau.