- What: Cat café with 10 resident cats
- Where: 26 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, EH3 5AU
- When: Mon–Sun, 1-hour slots between 10.45–14.15 & 15–18.30
- Charge: £7/person/hour
- Bookings to be done ahead of time on the website
- Website here.
Ever since the cat café in London opened last year we’ve been hoping to be able to visit – especially my boyfriend who absolutely loves cats. We were very excited to hear that one would open in Edinburgh as well, and I decided to finally book us in for a visit for Valentine’s Day.
We were a bit worried that the place would be full of kids running around and monopolising all the cats, but were pleased to find out that they don’t allow children under the age of 10 in the café (don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with children in general, but lots of them in a small space…). As expected on that particular day, all the other guests also seemed to be couples on a date, and I definitely think this would be a great idea for a date, even when it’s not Valentine’s Day (just make sure your date actually likes cats first).
When you arrive at Maison de Moggy, you are greeted by a cat nanny who explains everything to you, and you are then given a number that you can use when ordering food and drinks. After taking off your shoes and sanitising your hands you’re free to go off and find a furry friend!
Most of the cats were of the sleepy kind, who were quite happy to sit around and be stroked. A couple were a bit more active, and there are plenty of toys around for you to play with the kitties.
We particularly liked cute little Alain and Amelie, a pair of rag doll kittens. Alain made it known that he was very keen to get through to the kitchen for some cupcakes by meowing loudly, but sadly he had to make do with cat treats. He’s just the cutest little kitten with a tiny moustache!
Downstairs, away from the main café area, there is a “relaxation room” where they only let in a few people at a time. Downstairs there were two cats – a black one that slept through our entire visit, and Alain’s little sister Amelie, who walked over to us and plonked herself down in my boyfriend’s lap, stretched out and fell asleep. After about 15 minutes, when some other people came downstairs into the room, we decided we couldn’t keep monopolising the cat, and had to pry her away. Such a cute little kitten!
We then sat down to have something to drink – one drink was included in the entrance fee – and had a cupcake suited to the theme of the day. One of the cats decided he deserved a taste as well, but he was well-trained enough to stay on the chair rather than jump up on the table, so there’s no need to worry about cat hairs in your tea.
Before visiting Maison de Moggy it is worth visiting their website to find out the etiquette – for example, you shouldn’t bring your own toys or sweets for the cats, but there are plenty of toys available, and you can buy treats for the cats in the café as well. You’re also not allowed to pick up the cats, but as we found, some of them are very friendly and might decide they’d like to sit on your lap, which is absolutely fine.
All over we had a very nice experience. Because of the price, we won’t be going very often, but I’d definitely be happy to go back for another visit!