2015 was a good year for cat lovers in Brisbane: we didn't get just one cat cafe, but two! As an added bonus, there is one cafe located on each side of the Brisbane River. The first is located on the northside (Cat Cuddle Cafe in Red Hill), whereas the second is located on the southside (Lucky Cat Cafe in Annerley). I'm definitely more of a dog person than a cat one, but as an animal lover who lives on the southside, I couldn't resist going to check out Lucky Cat Cafe when I came across their Facebook page by chance. Plus, they're dog friendly - a big plus for me.
Lucky Cat Cafe is in a great location, as Annerley is only 4km south of Brisbane's CBD. However, as with most places near the city, on-site parking is quite limited. There are 2 parks available directly outside the cafe, but otherwise, Lucky Cat Cafe recommends parking on Emperor Street, only a short 3 minute walk away. Taking public transport is also a viable option, with a bus stop (15/16 Ipswich Road) only metres away from the cafe.
Our booking was at 9am on a weekday, so we were lucky enough to nab one of the parks!
Katie, the paw-roud owner of Lucky Cat Cafe, was kind enough to let us in before the cafe officially opened at 9am, as we had arrived a bit early. Katie had actually decided to give up her job as a nurse to open up her own cat cafe, which she described as terrifying, but most definitely worth it. And why wouldn't it be? I'd love to have a job that enabled me to hang out with cats (and the occasional dog, like Eddy), all day every day.
Eddy pictured with Katie, the owner of Lucky Cat Cafe. The little fella was spoilt rotten by Katie and a volunteer.
I was immediately wowed by the cafe as soon as I set foot into the room - cats, cats everywhere! Although the actual feline residents of Lucky Cat Cafe live on the second floor, the first floor is pretty much a shrine for these lucky cats (no pun intended). All the cat merchandise you've ever dreamed of and wanted is in the one room - can life for cat lovers get any better than this?
Just some of the merchandise on display - there are heaps more! To list a few things, their merchandise includes: jewellery, bags, mirrors, money boxes, sunnies, sticky notes, photo frames, action figures, USBs, greeting cards, cat-opoly... and so on, the list is endless.
Lucky Cat Cafe had some delicious looking and aesthetically pleasing chocolate fudge brownies on display, so I of course had to get one - probably not the healthiest breakfast I've ever had, but definitely up there in terms of taste. Katie was also kind enough to shout us a medium soy cap, which is literally the only coffee I've ever ordered in the past 4 years. She stated that she makes good coffee - this was an understatement.
It took a lot of self-control to stop myself from purchasing a second one.
Now, it's about time I actually covered the cats who bring in the vast majority of customers to Lucky Cat Cafe. Before going upstairs to meet them, patrons need to know and follow the rules, to ensure the safety of both the cats and the customers. The stairs leading up to the second storey are of course, cat themed.
Lucky Cat Cafe has several resident cats that are not available for adoption: Jade, Rose, Lulu, Annabelle, Henry, Bugs, and Archie (hope I didn't miss any). They each have very different personalities, which was evident just from the hour I spent upstairs. I used to be terrified of cats because I didn't know how to interact with them, but these felines were really friendly and I was brave enough to give some of them a few pats. Woohoo!
Like Bugs, Henry also likes to spend the day lazing away, except on the couch instead of the floor, to the extent that the volunteer today mentioned that Henry's only form of exercise is his daily 2 second prance to the food bowl!
Today's visit to Lucky Cat Cafe has been nothing but positive, and has only helped me take another step towards completely overcoming my (irrational) fear for them. The price was more than reasonable - $12.50 per visit, or $80 for 10 visits. What a bargain! The cats were all lovely, but my favourite is probably Jade, who desires nothing but your undivided attention. I've been to many cat cafes, including the other one in Brisbane as well as overseas in Asia, but in my opinion, Lucky Cat Cafe is the best. Staff/volunteer persons and resident cats were very friendly, but what sets Lucky Cat Cafe apart from other cat cafes is that it's dog friendly. Eddy had a tonne of fun meeting Annabelle, even if only through a glass wall.
Thank you Lucky Cat Cafe for such a great morning. We will be back soon!