You can at Chat Mallows , it is the perfect spot if you are in need of great coffee with cute, adorable, furry friends right here in Paris. Chat Mallows, cat café is where Super Girl and I decided to spend a little quality mama and daughter time, with 15 feline companions.
As you sit quietly and sip your cappuccino and nibble on your chocolate brownie you will notice that in every nook and corner there appears to be a ball of fur nestled quietly and watching you intently. These residents, may on occasion, if the urge takes them, walk around, investigate what you’re up to, or completely ignore you. This café belongs to the cats, you are simply the guest.
Of course you can stroke them, take pictures of them, we all want a selfie with a cute cat, but you can’t pick them up or startle them.
Chat Mallows feels a little out of place here in this quiet part of Paris. Stepping inside, you might think you were in Tokyo or Hackney – that painfully trendy part of London.
The cat café concept started in 1998 in Taiwan and quickly spread across south-east Asia before hitting Europe, US, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. The first cat café in Paris was Café des Chats, which is still in the Marais and the Bastille – the hip parts of Paris.
But back to the cats.
Each has been specially selected for its docile nature, or ability to live with other cats. There are even some Sphynx cats – the ones that are completely butt naked!
The café is completely hygienic, all food and drinks are prepared in a cat free area, and there’s plenty of alcohol gel available as you enter and leave.
Chat Mallow also doubles up as cat furniture show room – everything is for sale. Does Fluffy need a new bed?
30, rue des Volontaires
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00
(Check opening times for August)
How to get there:
Metro line 12, Volontaires
Buses, 30, 70, 89, 80, 88