Espai DeGats – a coffee and a cat, please

Located in the hip, Gracia region of Barcelona sits an unassuming café with a quirky difference: it’s a rescue home to the neighborhood’s abandoned cats.

The very first of its kind in Barcelona, the café was created to help house the large number of stray cats in the area and serves two fundamental purposes: 1, to offer a safe environment for the cats to live and play in, and 2, to find them a loving home.

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Doubling as an education and adoption center, the cafe has become increasingly popular with locals and tourists who come here for a coffee, snack or some lunch (and, of course, some playtime with the cats), and leave safe in the knowledge that the money they’ve spent has gone back into supporting los gatos.

Equally as reassuring is knowing that all of the cats have been tested for health issues; they’ve been deloused, sterilized, dewormed, vaccinated and are microchipped, leaving any potential adopter with little to worry about.

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Booking isn’t mandatory, but due to the capacity and the popularity of the place, is highly recommended. Entry options are:

  • Standard entry – 3€ for 30 minutes
  • CatPerson Admission – 5€ for 90 minutes and a drink
  • CatFreind Admission – 6.50€ for 90 minutes with a drink and a snack
  • CatFan Admission – 8€ for 90 minutes with a drink and an option from the cafe’s deli section (which is delightfully, vegan!)

Guests are asked to let sleeping cats sleep, but are welcome to relax, snap pictures, work or study and are even allowed to bring their own food (so long as it contains no meat, naturally).

Be sure to check out the Espai DeGats website for the rules of visiting and for more information – http://www.espaidegats.cat/

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Location: Terol, 29-33, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

Opening times – Open from 10:30 to 1:30 am, and then from 5 to 10 pm, except on Mondays, when it’s closed, and Tuesdays, when it opens only during the afternoon.

What’s nearby? Gaudi’s Park Güell  and Casa Vicens, plus lots of cool indie shops and artist studios.

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