Le Chat Puccino: Rennes, France
Hours: Tue-Sat 12:00-19:00, Closed Sun/Mon
Entrance Fee: None
Chat-tastic: Review of Le Chat Puccino
It's easy to fall in love at Le Chat Puccino.
Of course, the sweet kitties are the primary heart stealers, but other contributors include the cute and cozy atmosphere of the cafe plus fun touches, like coffee cups adorned with cats dressed in French Navy (aka Breton or Marinière) shirts.
Then there is infatuation-inducing city of Rennes itself. The capital of Brittany is famed for a well-preserved historic district filled medieval half-timbered buildings that now house adorable shops, as well as galettes, a savory crepe made from buckwheat.
It's possible to make a day trip from Paris (I did), but after visiting both Rennes and nearby Nantes, I highly recommend combining cat cafe stops with a bigger, broader tour of Brittany. The entire area is physically stunning, rich in cultural tradition and filled with culinary and shopping delights.
At the center of all there is to see and do is Le Chat Puccino. Sophie, the gracious owner, opened her cafe in August, 2016 on a charming street adjacent to the historic district and quayside canals of the River Vilaine. Inside, she has created a lovely environment with classic style, soft music and lots of natural light from the large storefront windows. I was lucky to spend some time with her visiting about her experiences (in English, merci beaucoup!!).
Le Chat Puccino features rescued cats available for adoption. There were four during my visit, but Sophie indicated that she was waiting on three more to arrive shortly. In addition to an adorable Tabby kitten and Jolene, Sophie's own gorgeous queen-of-the-house Tortie (not for adoption), my favorite cat (who has since found her permanent home!) was Lena, a black and white short haired girl that cuddled with me at length.
There is also a full menu, and while I initially sipped a mocha, after watching the amazing food being delivered to visitors during the lunch hour, decided to order a toastie with side salad, followed by an espresso. Delicious!
It was sad to leave, but soon found myself entertained by a late afternoon spent shopping and sipping wine before I caught the train back to Paris.
After such an outstanding day (truly one of the best I had during my two weeks in France) I strongly encourage you to make your way to Brittany, Rennes and Le Chat Puccino. Go ahead, fall in love for yourself!
Date Visited: 11/21/17