^View from the second floor of the Cat Café & Gallery in Budapest, Hungary
The Cat Café & Gallery in Budapest opened in 2013, a little later after the first cat café opened in Europe. It wasn’t the first to open in Hungary, but it is one that has remained since it first opened its doors. Being a 5-hour ride away from Vienna, Budapest is one of the cities we often visit when friends are on eurotour. And we only got the chance to see the felines at the Cat Café during our last visit.
The café is located a few steps away from the big basilica (St.Stephen’s). And a 3-minute walk from the train station Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út. Révay street is parallel to Andrassy ut, the famous main street of Budapest. This café only has a single door, although it may not be an issue regarding cats getting out into the streets when guests come and leave. You will be greeted by this large wood print when you enter (first photo), with the adorable faces of the resident felines saying “heyow.”
There are the typical café offerings on menu. Coffees, different teas, and other alcoholic beverages can be sipped with paninis of your choice of meat filling. For those who want a refreshing drink without getting tipsy, there’s lemonade for you too. And what’s a café without cakes? There’s a range of fresh cakes, cat cupcakes, and other pastries you can choose from off the display.
You can go between lattés and cappuccinos – I’m more of team milk while hubby is team coffee. And if there’s matcha – either as dessert or drink, I’ll have that too. Their catpuccino is cutely dusted with cinnamon paw prints, a must try. (Can’t see the paw prints on the photo anymore, forgot to take a pic before sipping). There are other latté art to enjoy, even paw ice on your cold drink! 🙂
Some of the cats might join you as you eat, so feel free to touch if they allow you. ^_^ Otherwise, you can buy them some treats to attract them to come near. No cats say no to treats. And they would probably leave their scent on you as repayment.
Their website lists 9 cat residents, but most might be in hiding or asleep – because, cats. The cats are called Azur, Flora, Potyok, Pongo, Omara/Omi, Mortimer, Luna, Maya, and Kyra. Azur is the majestic red maine coon, just like our Minos. Pongo is the white with black spots and cute black, button nose (photo on pin image). The pictures and the names of all others are on this page.
Update, January 27, 2020: the red maine coon, Azur, succumbed to a heart problem. 🙁
Update, March 1, 2020: Their facebook page and instagram accounts also feature Momo, Minnie, Figaro, Mirtil,and Nermal.
Update, March 2, 2020: a new kitty named Mirr-Murr was added to the family, a pretty, gray Persian diva cat.
Update, March 10, 2020: Sophie, the 14th cat was introduced on their instagram page. So yeah, there are 14 cats, I’m not sure if there were others who left in between.
Update, March 14, 2020: Kyra is now with a new family, so there are officially 13 cat residents at the café.
True to being cats, they sleep mostly, so don’t be disappointed. Cat owners know that cats sleep 16 hours a day, and it’s on their own terms unlike hoomans who are asleep mostly at night.
As mentioned above, buy them treats to attract them to come to you. Don’t bring cat treats, but ask the servers for some, it may not even be 2€, and you get to touch and cuddle them.
The café has this corner with cat towers adorned with palette furniture and cat sketches. Cat towers are specially good for cats, with all the scratch posts and sisal they can have their claws sharpened, jump and go up high, watch hoomans from a higher point of view. It’s mildly mimicking how living in the wild would be.
Visiting Cat Café & Gallery in Budapest whether it’s winter, summer, spring is a must for catlovers. We were there one beautiful summer day, we’d probably come back in spring.
It’s the purrfect place right meow!
Cat Café & Gallery Budapest
Révay street 3., Budapest
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00