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La Gatoteca

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Address: C/Argumosa 28, Local 1, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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+34 916 22 58 31
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Less cafe and more a cat adoption introduction service.Great idea.

I wasn't sure what to expect for a cat cafe but when I found out there was one in Madrid I had to visit. It's very central, very near the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what to expect for a cat cafe but when I found out there was one in Madrid I had to visit. It's very central, very near the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. When you enter the reception area, the fee is based on time spent there so €4 gets you 30 minutes and €6 gives... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place for people of all ages. Some of the cats are more lovely-dovey while others are a bit more standoffish, but regardless it is a great way to spend a half hour (or more) in Madrid. You pay after you play with the cats, so you can stay as long as you want. And your first drink is... More 

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Thank Julia K
Dallas, Texas
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fabulous! They had a great assortment of beverages you could consume while loving on cats. They encourage you to explore both floors, take photos (no flash), and play with the cats. Because most cats don't like being forcibly held, they request you do not pick the cats up. I love that they are offering these cats such... More 

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Maasmechelen, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I always wanted to visit a cat cafe and when I saw the advertisement on the city map, we decided to go and see what it was about. Having heard and seen the cat cafes in Japan, I had some expectations on what we could encounter, but unfortunately it's more a cat shelter that offers a free drink per visit... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We visited La Gatoteca based on TripAdvisor reviews. I have to say, we would not go again. When we arrived, we were lucky to have at the front desk someone who spoke some English, and she explained that the place is not geared toward tourists, but rather to locals who want to spend some time with the cats and then... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I had never been to a cat cafe before, but always wanted to go! This place gave a free drink with every ticket(although you could purchase more) and around 15 cats(most were asleep). If you are planning to go, go for the cats not the cafe(because there is no food, and the drink selection is mostly soda pop). The people... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

The staff here are very friendly and you can tell that the cats are well looked after however there seemed to be a lot of fighting going on hence the 3 stars as I felt as some of the cats might hurt the others. On a positive note though this place is massive and reasonably priced and the kitties are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Found this place via Google. Wasn't sure what to expect but it was superb. 3 rooms. Normally they have between 15 and 20 cats but today they had 22. They are both a sanctuary and cat adoption centre. You are charged a fee for time spent here 6 euros per hour and you get your first drink free. Then you... More 

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Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I'm giving La Gatoteca 4 stars because I love cats, and I found it a unique, enjoyable, and interesting place to visit, in the middle of a neighborhood known for it's bars and restaurants (and very close to the Reina Sofia Museum and Atocha Station). And I'm assuming that's why it has gotten so many 4 star reviews. If you're... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We are all familiar with the cat-café concept at this stage, it's been all over the media. And recently even in a episode of Girls, so no excuses for you cat (or coffee) lovers out there. The first time I heard about it was in an episode of "An Idiot Abroad" and I totally fell in love with the idea.... More 

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Walking into this neighbourhood is like entering a different country ... except it's hard to tell which one it is. One side of Calle Lavapiés is lined with Indian restaurants, the other with kebab shops. Men in traditional African clothing convene outside their businesses for long chats, and people shout to each other across plazas and streets. Interspersed among ethnic specialty shops are independent theaters and dance studios, and two large arts and cultural centers — the beautiful Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory — all of which attract young crowds. Along Calle Argumosa, the place to go for drinks, artists and art appreciators with piercings and dreadlocks convene in the street’s eclectic array of young, hip bars. Though some of the side streets can get a little seedy at night, Lavapiés is still the place to go for those seeking a unique blend of arts and culture in an international and funky neighbourhood.
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