When I found out that there was a cat cafe in Barcelona, I just had to get us booked in for our trip in June. I love cat cafes and so far including this one in Barcelona, I have been to five in four different countries (you can read my previous posts about London, Paris and Amsterdam), I think they’re brilliant! One of my goals on my 30 before 30 list is to visit two new cat cafes, so now I’m halfway to completing that one!
Espai De Gats is located just a short walk away from Sagrada Familia, with the closest Metro stops being Joanic and Gràcia. It’s tucked away down a little street but was easy enough to find with the help of Google Maps and City Mapper. I’d made a reservation for 11am, but when we got there I realised that it probably wasn’t necessary as although the cafe is quite small, there weren’t a lot of guests while we were there.
There are four different options when you visit the cat cafe:
- Simple – €3 for 30 mins entry
- Cat Person – €5 for 90 mins entry including a drink
- Cat Friend – €6.50 for 90 mins entry including a drink and snack
- Cat Fan – €8 for 90 mins entry including a drink and deli meal (sandwich or something similar)
We went for the Cat Person option, as we didn’t fancy having anything to eat and I wanted to spend quite a while with the cats.
There only appeared to be one member of staff working in Espai de Gats at the time of our visit and as she took our money and drinks orders, she gave us a piece of paper with the rules written on in English for us to read through. Once we’d sat down and she’d brought our drinks over, we didn’t actually see her again apart from when new guests came in and she was taking their payments. I found this to be a bit weird as with all of the other cat cafes that I’ve been to, the staff spend a lot of time interacting with the cats or telling you about them. Obviously, we don’t speak Spanish, so I wasn’t expecting her to tell us about the cats but I thought she might come over and encourage the cats to play or show us what the cats liked.
I’m not sure how many cats were at Espai de Gats as they had access to the back of the cafe which is where their litter trays were and they had little hidey holes which is obviously a ‘safe space’ for them to go when they want to be alone. There were quite a few cats near to the window, snoozing on a cat tree and playing about. I think we must have seen around ten cats while we were there and there was a bit of information on the menus with the cats names on but there were only little profiles for around five of them.
I did enjoy my time at Espai de Gats, however I wish I’d been able to find out more about the cats. At the cat cafe in Paris they have a booklet with photos of each cat and their names and I think something like this would have been really helpful especially as it’s also an adoption centre, so if you wanted to, you could adopt one of them. I think it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re into cat cafes, as the cats are very sweet (I did get scratched by one, but he was a fellow ginger, so I forgive him) and it’s nice to spend time with some furry friends.