As soon as I found out Montreal had a cat cafe, visiting shot to the top of my 'places to visit in Montreal list'. I visited yesterday, with my boyfriend, at 3:30pm and stayed till 7pm.
The great thing about Café Chat L'Heureux Montreal is that you don't have to prebook to visit and can turn up on the day. As I had visited Lady Dinah's in London, with my brother, in the summer. We had to prebook months in advanced. The post is here if you want to read about it. I did email Café Chat L'Heureux before we visited to check.
This was really helpful as we didn't have to rush to get there and took our time with our Sunday. I got a response the day after I sent the email.
We took the Metro from Downtown Montreal to Mont Royal Metro and walked the however many blocks to Café Chat L'Heureux. It was particularly icy and snowy yesterday, hence the snow outside. As you can see in the windows it is pretty busy in there.
We arrived at 3:30pm and the shoe area was packed with people waiting to go in. We did wonder whether it was worth it to wait as there was 12 people in front of us. Thankfully we decided to wait and had an amazing time.
The rules of the cafe. There weren't many but they were very considerate to the cats such as don't wake a sleeping cat, (some children didn't read this rule) don't photograph the cats with a flash on.
There was a cool guest book for you to sign in the waiting room and I took a few snaps of the drawings in there.
The 12 people in front of us were seated and we were next! The carpet to the right is not supposed to have shoes on it as you have to take your shoes off before entering the cafe.
Me super excited to be going into Café Chat L'Heureux as I had been waiting about 4 weeks to visit. Sorry the picture is blurred - it was taken on my phone.
Finally sat in my socks.
My camera was steamed up for the first 30 minutes of being in the cafe as we went from really cold outside to a warm café.
Menus and a list of the cats and their personalities were laid on the table. I really liked the cat list as it tells you a little about the cats and what their names are.
Gustave cat napped for about an hour of us being in the café, but there were plenty of children there and they kept getting up to stroke him, despite the sign next to him. This read - I am sleeping, please do not wake me. Adults got up too and stroked him, they didn't read the sign either it appears...
After the excitement of getting into the café and looking around to see where the cats were, I picked some lunch off the menu and it arrived. I ordered la Jardinière - which was fresh seasonal vegetables on crispy dough delicately seasoned. It was delicious. I would definitely go back and order this again. My boyfriend ordered food too, but I was really hungry and forgot to take a picture of what he ordered.
Luna sleeping in her bed.
These notices were all around the floor near the carpeted areas.
There was a third seat at our table and I thought it was for our wet snow clothes, but it turns out it was for the cats to come and sleep by you. No cats came and slept on our third chair as we had piled it high with coats and snow pants.
Luzerne helping serve the customers.
Doesn't Milady look beautiful?
Gustav enjoying some attention
Chopin sat up here for the duration of us being in the café. He was the cat that I most wanted to meet as he is a polydactyl cat - he's got thumbs - I guess I will have to visit again and hopefully he will come and say hello.
Milady having fun in the basket.
Luzerne and Milady grooming each other.
Luna looking pretty.
Lots of people were having tea in the cat teapots which were really cute.
Isn't she beautiful?
When the cats want some peace and quiet away from the visitors they have a room to the side that is accessible through several cat flaps.
Luciole was very playful and photogenic.
This beautiful black cat is Sheldon and was super friendly.
After finishing our delicious lunch we got a brownie and lemonade to share. The brownie was really sweet and the lemonade was quite sharp. I really enjoyed both of them.
I got myself a picture with Gustave and Luna.
By 7pm the cafe was mostly empty
and the cats came more into the cafe and slept on the chairs.
After this we left and began our journey back home. I had a really lovely afternoon at Café Chat L'Heureux and would love to go back again.
Café Chat L'Heureux opening hours are
11 am - 8 pm
10 am - 10 pm
: 10 am - 8 pm
and is located on 172 Duluth Est, Montreal H2W 1H3
for more information regarding the cats, menu and café visit their website.
Have you ever been to Café Chat L'Heureux? Did you have as much fun as I did?