Do you love cats as much as I do? Turns out, there a place in Edinburgh you can satiate your feline fondness. Maison de Moggy is the first cat cafe in Scotland, and definitely somewhere you should visit at least once. However, I’m betting you’ll fall in love and become a regular customer!
The Maison de Moggy Cat Cafe is located just off the Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s city center at 17-19 West Port. They are open seven days a week from 10:45 am to 6:30 pm, with six one-hour slots available to play with the cats. The fee is £7 for the hour. I’d recommend booking well in advance, as this place does fill up!
The website lists 12 stars in the cat cafe, but there honestly seemed to be more than that. My personal favorites were the Sphynx (hairless) kitten, two Bengal cats and the beautiful white Chinchilla Persian. The Sphynx is called Elodie, and she is the only one of her kind in any cat cafe throughout Europe! The cats all have their own personalities, and while sometimes all they want to do is nap, at other times they’ll be all over you, playing and causing mischief. Elodie is the worst. If you’re not careful with your cake, she’ll get a bite faster than you can blink.
Speaking of cake, as the name suggests, the cat cafe has an amazing cafe. They have homemade cakes and delicious hot drinks to snack on while playing with the cats. When I was there, they had five specialty drinks, which was a little unfair since I couldn’t choose between them. If you do get cake, heed my warning. Eat it fast, or Elodie will get a bite, which isn’t the healthiest for her. Oh, and holding it up high doesn’t always work either. Your shoulder is one of her favorite perches.
This could be a place that a budget traveler might pass by, and most locals haven’t even realized it’s there. However, it’s personally one of my favorite locations in Edinburgh, and the traveler I was with, Stacy, said it was one of her two favorite activities in Scotland (along with our Loch Ness Cruise). Don’t everyone rush there at once (they do have limited spaces), but do check them out. Like I said, you’ll probably fall in love with these kitties, and minimally end up doing what I do. I might not have the wherewithal to visit often, but at least I make sure I pass by every few days to say hi through the window.