Au Chat Perche: Caen, France
Address: 19 Place Saint-Sauveur, 14000 Caen
Phone: +33 6 52 81 53 80
Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30-18:30, Closed S/M
Entrance Fee: None
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Chat Historique: Review of Au Chat Perché
Caen is a lovely port city in lower Normandy, approximately nine miles inland from the English Channel and 35 minutes from Omaha Beach (aka Normandy Beach). It's an historic city, famed as the burial site of William the Conquerer.
It is fitting that Au Chat Perché (aka 'the perched cat') evokes the past by occupying a 17th century building, part of old hotel complex. The space has been modernized, yet sensitively retains the features that make it significant and unique. The decor is austere and chic, yet also manages to be cozy!
There were five cats in residence the day I visited including three playful kittens that wrestled each other and entertained the patrons. The other cats curiously inspected patrons and, at times, jumped into open laps for cuddles. I was especially taken with Gordon, a black cat with a handsome face and sweet disposition.
According to Cyreac, the cafe is in partnership with La Compagnie des Chats Sans Maître, an association which provides the rescue cats. Despite only being open for a short time (since September), the cafe has already found permanent homes for sixteen felines!
Au Chat Perché is a family affair as Cyreac's wife Severine is the chef. She specializes in vegetarian dishes and so I ordered the plat du jour, a delicious lentil veggie burger served with curried carrots, rice and salad, plus a pot of steaming hot tea. It was an outstanding meal!
Even though it was very busy on the Saturday I visited, Cyreac was a kind and friendly host, and gracious to answer all my questions in English as (sadly) I can only say please and thank you in French. Merci beaucoup!
With its cool atmosphere, sweet kitties, delicious food and friendly hosts, Au Chat Perché definitely stands out as memorable and an easy two hour train from Paris St. Lazare station.
Date Visited: 11/25/17