Cafe Moustache: Rouen, France
Address: 54 Rue d'Amiens, 76000 Rouen, France
Hours: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, Closed M
Entrance Fee: None
Meow-stache: Review of Cafe Moustache
The day had started very early when I boarded a bus in Paris for the two hour ride to Rouen that Sunday morning in November. By the time I returned that night, I had experienced a magical day that included some fabulous French felines.
When I arrived in Rouen mid-morning, I was able to take a leisurely stroll across the Seine river into the old city. I had certainly heard of Rouen, the capital of Normandy and it's famed cathedral (a favorite subject of Impressionist Claude Monet), but was gobsmacked by the large expanse of medieval half-timbered houses. For the next hour, I took dozens of photos and soaked in the history.
By the time I arrived at Cafe Moustache, I was a bit chilly and in need of a cup of tea. Luckily, I was able to secure one of the nine seating areas (they do not accept reservations) even though I arrived shortly after the 11 am opening. The cafe has been very successful and I can see why- the atmosphere is cheerful, lovely and inviting, full of feline-friendly spaces and cozy nooks for their human admirers.
The cafe has partnered with Felin' Possible 76 for rescued cats. They sponsor between five and seven at one time, making sure they have plenty of love and care until they are adopted. Some of the kitties were quite social, going from table to table for ear scratches, while others were a bit shy, still learning to trust again.
I was impressed by the cafe's commitment to the cats welfare and that they sponsor cats that might not catch the attention of a prospective adopter due to a missing eye or leg. Balou, an eight year old black and white boy is one such cat. He only has three legs and has suffered abuse in the past, but it hasn't prevented him from living a full life, receiving much adoration from the cafe's patrons. The day I visited, he posed for photos like a supermodel!
Food-wise, the cafe has a large selection of hot and cold beverages, plus pastries and a few paninis. I had a cup of tea and muffin, both of which were good quality.
I was not able to speak directly with the cafe's founders, Julia and Constance, however their website provided a lot of insight as to their approach and it's clear they have been both thoughtful and thorough in researching and executing their vision. Cafe Moustache offers a pleasant, feline-focused experience that in combination with the historic city of Rouen, makes for a wonderful day trip from Paris.
Date Visited: 11/19/17