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My cat cafes book release: Available 9/1/16!

24 Aug

I’ve written a book about cat cafes based on my blog and it will be available September 1! http://www.books.com.tw/products/0010726529?loc=P_002_023

我9/1要出書, ‘這裡有貓,歡迎光臨:老外帶路,探訪62間貓店長私藏地圖http://www.books.com.tw/products/0010726529?loc=P_002_023

The book is bilingual and includes all the cat cafes on this blog that are still currently in business. At my favorite cafes, I’ve done interviews and included more detailed information about some of the cats. The cafes all have star ratings and are divided up by type so readers can easily find the cafe they want to go to.

書是雙語的, 含所有還在營業的貓咖啡. 在我最喜歡的貓咖啡, 我有採訪老闆, 還有寫比較多貓店長的資料. 我給每一件評論1-5星, 還有份很多種貓咖啡所以人可以找到最喜歡的.

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Pastaholic

5 Sep

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Address 地址: 台北市中山區錦州街328號

Phone 電話: 02-2509-9509

Hours: 11:00-21:30, Closed Sundays, 禮拜天公休

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$60 drink 飲料

 

 

Although not quite a cat cafe, this pasta restaurant has two cats and they also had a cat party in July when people brought in their own cats.  The cats are a bit shy but are cute and playful. 這間義大利麵餐廳有兩隻貓. 我還有看到他們七月有一個貓派對, 客人都帶貓. 店裡的貓有點害羞, 還是很可愛, 很活潑.

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11995242_1155708517778870_1831694850_oThe menu has a wide variety of pasta dishes, all reasonably priced. I had a set meal with pepper chicken pasta with garlic and white wine sauce (NT$210) and my friend had grilled salmon pasta with cream sauce (NT$240). The sets came with garlic bread, soup and a drink. All the food was very good. 菜單有很多選擇, 都還滿便宜. 我點蒜辣雞麵, 我朋友點鮭魚麵. 套餐都有麵包, 湯, 飲料. 都很好吃.

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The cats spend a lot of time in the back and may not let you pet them, but it’s a good restaurant and it’s fun to watch the cats play with each other when they come out. 貓常常在後面, 有時候不喜歡人摸牠們, 但是食物很好, 還有看到貓出現玩是很好玩.

 

Sugar Bistro 小食糖

7 Aug

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Address: 台北市中正區信義路二段181巷3號

Hours: Monday-Friday 週一-五 9:30-20:00 週末 Saturday-Sunday 9:30-21:30

Minimum cost per person每人最低消費: NT$100

 

 

This cafe is more of a cafe with a cat rather than a cat cafe, but the cat is cute and friendly and worth visiting. The cafe is in a traditional old building and has indoor and outdoor seating on two floors. 這咖啡館不算貓主題咖啡但是有一隻可愛的貓. 是在一個古老的房子, 人可以坐裡面或外面.

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The cat was stretched out in a box at the back of the cafe, but he was happy to be petted. 貓在後面躺在一個盒子, 但是他喜歡人摸她.

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The menu has a good variety of brunch and lunch options. Rebecca ordered a salmon omelette (NT$200) and I got a double mushroom ‘burrito’ (NT$180), which was actually a pita. We also both got berry smoothies which were huge and had lots of real strawberries and blackberries in them. 菜單有早午餐還有其他簡餐. 我朋友點一個鮭魚煎蛋捲套餐(NT$200), 我點雙香菇’burrito’ (墨西哥捲) (NT$180), 但是不是’burrito’, 是’pita'(圓麵餅), 還是好吃. 我們兩個喝莓果冰沙 (NT$160), 很大, 很好喝.

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The cafe also sells postcards and other gift items, although most aren’t cat-related. It has wi-fi and outlets, so it would be a good place to work or study. 咖啡館也在賣文具, 其他物品. 有無線網路, 還有插座, 所以是一個好地方讀書, 工作.

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Double Like 雙倍喜歡

18 Apr

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Address: 台北市大同區南京西路18巷6號2樓 (near Zhongshan MRT exit 1)

Hours: Whenever they want 不一定 現打電話(02) 2552-7819

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$90

This is a relatively new cat cafe that I discovered several months ago, but it has taken me this long to finally find it open. The sign above is what you see outside downstairs. If you look closely, it says the hours are 12:00-21:00, closed Mondays. This is not true. The first time I found it, it was morning, so I decided to come back another day during regular hours. I returned on a Wednesday around 1pm. There was a sign saying 包場中. I wasn’t quite sure what it meant so I rang the bell and someone answered and explained it to me. The whole place was booked, seems like a strange thing to do during regular business hours. I tried again a month or two later on a Tuesday afternoon. It was closed. Yesterday afternoon (Friday), I called first to see if they were open. They said the whole place was booked again until 6:30. I really don’t understand why people want to have private parties here on weekday afternoons. Finally, today I happened to be in the area, so I thought I’d check one more time. They were open! It wasn’t very busy, only a few other customers. 這是一間比較新的貓咖啡. 我現找到幾月前, 但是第一次是早上, 所他們沒開. 他們外面的牌子還有他們的名片說開業時間: 12:00-21:00, 週一休息, 但是這是不對. 我一次禮拜三下午來, 他們’包常中’. 一次禮拜二下午來, 他們就沒開. 昨天(禮拜五) 我不要浪費時間過去所以現打電話, 他們說包場中到6:30. 今天我在附近, 所以我在一次去看. 終於他們有開!

The design and decor are very cute. I especially like the way the the walls are painted. 他們的設計, 裝飾很可愛.

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And these cute cat figurines:

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They only have two cats. They aren’t afraid of people and are happy to be petted, but aren’t overly friendly either. This one looks like my cat 蹦跳. 他們只有兩隻貓. 牠們不怕人, 你可以摸牠們, 但是他們也沒有特別喜歡人. 這隻很像我的貓:

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DSCN4511The black one stayed in its bed the whole time. 這隻黑色很喜歡他的床:

DSCN4499Their specialty is spaghetti. I got a set meal, spaghetti with pesto sauce and clams, the dessert of the day (blueberry cheesecake) and coffee (NT$309). The food and the coffee were very good. 他們的招牌是義大利麵. 我吃一個套餐:青醬義大利麵, 藍莓起司蛋糕, 美式咖啡 (NT$309). 都很好吃, 好喝的.

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DSCN4514This cafe is nice if you’re lucky enough to be in the area when it’s open or perhaps if you want to book a party here. I wouldn’t make a special trip here without calling. And it’s also not a good place to work as they don’t have wi-fi. 如果你耀來這邊應該要現打電話看他們有沒有開. 還有他們沒有wi-fi, 所以不方便在這邊做工作.

Minou Minou

21 Dec

DSCN3427  Minou Minou

Address: 台北市羅斯福路四段138號2樓 (near Gongguan exit 1)

Hours: 11:-21:30

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$100

 

 

 

 

I was just wandering around Gongguan in the alley that goes to the movie theater, when I saw some steps going up to a new cafe. Of course I had to check and see if it was perhaps a cat cafe…and it was! 我在公館逛逛, 在一個巷子裡電影遠很近, 我看到一間新的咖啡館. 我當然希望是貓咖啡, 我進去就看到貓!

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This cat was waiting by the door when I came in. He wasn’t very interested in visitors but he was content to be petted by anyone who came up to him.

我看到這隻貓在門口旁邊. 牠對客人沒有興趣, 但是牠會讓人摸牠.

Later, he moved over here to take a nap.

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The cafe has a quiet, cozy atmosphere with decorations with cats on them as well as things for cats, like this record player scratching pad. 這間咖啡館的氣氛很好, 他們有貓主題裝飾還有貓用品, 像這個電唱機.

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They also have a kitten! It was asleep at first, but later it came out to play, going from table to table to visit customers. 他們還有一隻小貓! 我剛來牠在睡覺, 然後牠醒來玩. 牠來每一個客人的桌子打招呼.

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Their specialty is brunch, but they also have sandwiches, desserts and full dinner options (served after 4pm). I had the Bonjour brunch set, which comes with black tea (NT$230). 他們的招牌是早午餐, 但是他們還有三明治,甜點, 晚餐(16:00以後). 我點Bonjour早午餐套餐, 含紅茶 (NT$230).

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Alleycat’s Pizza

14 Jul

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Address: 台北市麗水街6-1號B1(永康商圈)

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 週日-四: 17:00-23:00, Fri.-Sat 週五-六 17:00-24:00

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: drinks around NT$100 飲料~$100

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lishui Street Alleycat’s is the original of a chain of pizza places around Taipei. This year is its 10th anniversary, and it is still home to the original namesake cat, Alley. They’ve tried bringing in other cats, but Alley didn’t get along with them. Now, there are two cats at the Tianmu branch and at least one at the Huashan branch. It has not been confirmed whether the seven other branches have cats: http://www.alleycatspizza.com/alleycats/Web/Locations/index.aspx?StoreNo=4. I went here with my friend Rebecca, and thanks to her for getting much better pictures of Alley than I could.

麗水街Alleycat’s是原本的分店; 臺北現在有十間分店. 今年是他們第十週年, 他們還有原本的貓, Alley. Alley跟其他貓會吵架, 所以麗水街只有她. 天母店有兩隻, 華山有一隻. 不知道其他的分部有沒有貓. 謝謝我朋友Rebecca幫我拍照:

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We had garlic bread (NT$100), which comes with a very good Caesar dressing dip, and a Napoletana pizza (tomato, goat cheese, olives and spinach NT$470). The pizza was delicious and there are many varieties to choose from. There are also plenty of drink choices available. I had a tequila sunrise. 我們吃香烤大蒜麵包(NT$100)還有那不勒斯披薩(生鮮番茄、羊奶起士、鯷魚、橄欖和菠菜NT$470). 披薩很好吃, 有很多口味可以選. 還有很多飲料. 我喝墨西哥日出 .

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Cat themed decorations are all around, some of them cute, others a little creepy.

他們有很多貓主題裝飾, 又的很可愛, 又的一點可怕:

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Al Dente Cucina

10 Jun

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Address: 台北市忠孝東路四段559巷34號

Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:30

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$100

 

 

 

I was leaving the Songyan Eslite and wandering around just to see if there were any cat cafes around when I saw this place! Unfortunately, it was 4:00pm and it’s only open for lunch and dinner. Still, since I don’t go to this area very often, I decided to wait. And while waiting, I discovered Together & Forever, a great cat cafe. This restaurant turned out to be not so great, however. Look at this sign:我離開松菸誠品去逛一下看有沒有貓咖啡館, 我看到這間! 但是那時候是下午4點,還沒開.因為我很少來這附近我決定要等. 我在等的時候找到就是幸福, 一個很棒的貓咖啡館. 但是這間餐廳不是很好. 看下面的牌子:

DSCN1730Combined with the main sign, and also that their business card says they have cats, it seems reasonable to assume that there would be at least one cat here. But the waitress looked at me like I was crazy when I asked about the cat. She just said there wasn’t a cat there. So I asked if there ever was and how often and when it might be there. She looked a little annoyed, but asked someone else, who said it was there earlier but not now. He also didn’t seem very friendly or willing to volunteer any more information. Still, I decided to stay since there were at least some cat decorations to take pictures of. 看這兩個牌子會不會想一定會有貓? 我沒有看到. 我問店員, 她瞪我好像她覺得我很奇怪. 她貓不在. 所一我問貓什麼時候在?  是現在都沒有貓或是只是今天牠沒來? 她看起來有點不開心但是她問別人. 她也不太想跟我講話, 但是他說那天下午貓在, 但是今天牠不要回來. 我還是留下來因為牠們還有一些貓主題裝飾.

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I ordered a pepperoni pizza (NT$170), which was ok. 我點儀式臘腸比薩 (NT$170), 還好.

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The bathroom smelled very strongly of cat pee, though there was no litterbox in there. Maybe the cat had just peed all over the place and that’s why  no one wanted to talk about it. Anyway, I wouldn’t recommend this place. 廁所有很重貓尿的味道. 我想有可能貓剛剛亂尿尿, 所以沒有人想講貓的事. 不知道, 但是我不會推薦這家.