CAT CAFE MANILA
Cat Cafe Manila has online reservations and a maximum staying time of 1 hour although if you go there and the area is not at full capacity you are welcomed to come in and enjoy. Tickets cost 200 pesos, 100 pesos goes to the maintenance of the cats and the other hundred is consumable. Right from the entrance of Cat Cafe you would know that they give importance to the safety of everyone in the cafe. You are greeted with staff telling you about house rules and also to disinfect and remove footwear for both you and the cats’ safety. The ambiance of the cafe is very cozy with it’s warm lighting, wooden furniture, and colorful cat accessories. To add to the cafe’s welcoming environment was that there were hardly any seats instead of people sat on the floor making it’s easier to pet the cats. Another thing amazing about Cat Cafe is that they’re in partnership with CARA Welfare Philippines (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals), so these cats were rescued from the streets are being taken care of until adopted. Yes, you read it right! These lovely creatures are up for adoption! You could got to Cat Cafe and check the cats out and adopt one, or two, or all.
To reserve tickets go to http://catcafemanila.com/ and if you want to learn more about CARA go to http://www.caraphil.org/
BARKIN’ BLENDS DOG CAFE
Unlike Cat Cafe, Barkin’ Blends doesn’t have online reservations but instead they run on a first come first serve basis. The cafe recently did some renovation separating the cafe area from the dog zone. That means bigger space to pet them puppies! But even with this adjustment the limit to the dog area is 30 people. The entrance to the dog zone costs 190 pesos and that includes a drink but you may pay extra for a particular drink or add ons. The staff is very friendly and would gladly assist you with the entrance and the menu. Maximum staying time with the dogs is two hours. Based from experience, if you want to get the most out of the trip to Barkin’ Blends you should go there on a school day or go there early. The weekends are usually packed with people, especially on the afternoons, and you’d have to wait for awhile before you could hang with the dogs. But if the weekends are your only free time, then go early because these dogs are worth the wait.
The set up of Barkin’ Blends, both the dining area and dog zone are very warm and cabin like, with yellow lighting, wood furniture, brick tile and wood walls, and mud tones. The dog area has the dogs' portraits with their names to guide you, iron park benches, and a fence make-shift divider. Before you enter the dog zone you are required to sanitize to ensure the dogs’ health. There are lockers in the dog zone to keep your things safe but still be mindful of your belongings especially your valuables. Play nice with the dogs but most of all enjoy your time with man’s best friend!
To know more about the house rules, menu, and these adorable dogs check out their site! http://barkinblends.com/
- Words by Billie Lorica and Photography by Daniela Regis and Billie Lorica