There’s something seriously therapeutic about cuddling up with a kitty cat, and Subiaco’s Cat Café is the only place in the city where you can surround yourself with feline friends as you enjoy a coffee.
Situated on Rokeby Road, The Cat Café is a small space with an enclosed cat sanctuary out back. Run by a husband and wife team, Pepi and Chris are cat Mum and Dad to the twelve cats who live there. As a big donator and supporter of The Cat Haven, all the cats are rescues who have been given a forever home at The Cat Café.
The café attracts a wide variety of patrons, from cat lovers in it for the cuddles to stressed out workers needing a serious mental health break. Although it’s on a busy high street, the thick glass windows between the street and the cat sanctuary create a quiet retreat where you can switch off from the outside world and enjoy a coffee, colour-in and of course, play with the cats. You could say it’s a kid’s playground for adults.
The cat sanctuary runs on a pre-booked session basis costing $15 for an hour. Unsurprisingly, the Cat Café is popular amongst kids, so they often book out in advance on weekends and during the school holidays. To view their schedule or book in, head to their website here. A little tip – it’s best to arrive 10 or so minutes early to sign in and grab a drink before your session starts, as you cannot enter the sanctuary mid-session.
For those after the ultimate cat and zen crossover experience, The Cat Café does Meditation with Cats every other Thursday night, hosted by a meditation and animal Reiki (energy healing) specialist, Carolyn Trethewey. With only 12 spots available, this books out pretty quickly, so you might want to pencil it into your diary in advance. Bookings here.