Culprit: Mačkafé (Cat Cafe)
Location: Zámocká 24, Bratislava
Verdict: Cats really aren’t so bad…
Description: About a half dozen pairs of suspicious eyes, framed with preened fur, follow me across the room as I tentatively sip on my cappuccino. They sense my strong allegiance to dogs and my weariness of cats; my palms are starting to sweat. SO. MANY. PIERCING. EYES.
But when one brave, little black cat slinks towards me on the comfy cafe couch, I ease my protective stance. It curls up on my raincoat beside me, and I shed my anti-cat exterior almost completely.
This cat is adorable and comforting. There’s no denying it.
I have resisted Europe’s cat cafe craze for years because I am simply not a cat person. I’ve grown up exclusively with dogs (with a few turtles and barbaric hamsters mixed in there) and I crave constant affection from animals, which cats don’t always provide.
But when my cat-loving friend Rachelle came to visit last November, I reluctantly gave Mačkafé, a five-minute walk from Bratislava Castle, a try. And I’m so glad I did!
This cafe is swarming with aloof and majestic cats who have free reign of the place. Some are more approachable than others, but regardless of where you stand on the cat obsession scale, it’s a nice place to sit down for a drink and dessert. All the cats that hang out in the cafe are actually sheltered cats in need of a forever home. While I’m not sure if adopting the cute kitties directly from the cafe is possible, you can make direct donations to the shelter through the cafe and give these cats the love and comfort they deserve. The staff are also incredibly kind and generous with the catnip 🙂