A Purrfect Evening at Catfe

I always thought I was a dog person. But ever since I rescued little Raja from the streets of Korea, I've become a feline fanatic. Some might say I've even turned into a crazy cat lady.

South Korea not only led me to find my furry sidekick, it’s where I discovered cat cafés too.

Moving to Asia wasn’t easy at first. Adjusting to a small rural town that didn't speak a word of English had its challenges. Plus, it was the first time I lived all by myself. The local cat café was a good escape when the loneliness crept in. Nothing was better than sipping a frothy latte and cuddling with adorable kitties.

When I got back to Vancouver, I was shocked to see cat cafés didn't exist. They’re wildly popular all over Asia and I knew they were popping up in big cities like Montreal and San Francisco. I guess the cat gods heard my prayers because shortly after my return, I found out about Catfe.

I couldn't help but squeal with excitement upon entering. This place is a cat lover's dream! We ordered cappuccinos, got a run down of the café's rules, and went off to soak up some cat company.

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Catfe is half café and half foster home. It's home to eight to twelve adoptable rescue cats, making it the perfect place to go if you're in need of a caffeine boost and quality feline time. Beautifully designed, this cat-inspired space is loaded with cozy cubbies, nifty hiding spots, and more mouse toys than you can imagine. 

These cats sure loved attention. Some purred with happiness when you stroked them, while others pounced at wand toys when you waved them around. 

The cats come from the BC SPCA and are ready to go to forever homes. If you fall in love with a certain feline, feel free to fill out an adoption application. Eighty-five cats have been adopted since Catfe's opening and that number continues to grow. As a strong advocate for animal welfare, I think this program is incredible because it gives the cats exposure to loads of potential adopters.

^ Sunshine here was such a cutie pie. She was so rambunctious and full of energy. I loved showering her with affection and watching her gracefully jump from shelf to shelf. 

After plenty of playtime and cuddles, Marc and I paid a visit to the senior citizens of Catfe. The older cats are housed in a smaller room at the front. 

These gorgeous ladies are 17 years old -- but don’t let their old age fool you. They’re still down to play! 

Before we knew it, our coffee cups were empty and the sun was starting to set. Sadly, it was time to go home. But I know I'll be back soon for more kitty time! 

Craving some feline companionship too? Business is booming for Vancouver’s first cat café and Catfe really recommends making a reservation. This place is so busy, I had to make my booking two months in advance (totally worth the wait though). If you’re feeling lucky, you can always show up and try to snag a walk-in spot.

Where: 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver (inside International Village Mall)
Hours: 11am-9pm 
Admission: $5 with any beverage purchase (or $8 with no purchase) 


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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