Cat Cafe Monta: tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5830-7428
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 - 21:00, Closed Tuesday
Entrance Fee: 10 min/Y200, 30/Y600, 60/Y1000, 90/Y1500
In Good Company: Review of Cat Cafe Monta
High above the Taito neighborhood, this cat cafe delights in many ways. So much so, it has officially made the list of Top Five Cat Cafes in the World.
Yes, Monta stands out amongst the 100+ cafes I've personally visited across the globe as it exceeds expectations in all areas- cats, coffee, facility and staff. It's everything a cat cafe should be.
First, naturally, the cats are top notch. The owner has one each of the nine cutest breeds out there:
- American Curl
- Russian Blue
- Norwegian Forest Cat
- Maine Coon
Each one of these cats is a rock star in his/her own right with equal measures of beauty, sociability and playfulness. I was particularly enamored of Kenta, the Somali who is so gorgeous, I just stared at him before he finally moved out of my line of sight. Then, I made eyes at Aby, the Abyssinian and Jack, the Norwegian Forest Cat. While those cats were relatively chill, Lili the Bengal was super playful and curious, chasing a string and sniffing my coffee.
Speaking of coffee, this is another reason why Monta is getting the nod on my favorites list. I'm pretty generous with the cafe side of things, so if they are more about cats than coffee, I'm ok with that. Japan has a fairly loose definition of a 'cafe' when it comes to cat cafes, with most serving hot drinks from a vending machine that are not the highest quality beverages you will find.
But Monta rises above this with real espresso drinks on offer that are delicious! They also serve tea and beer, plus a limited selection of pizza, pasta and pastries. The cost of food and drinks is not included in the entrance fee.
The facility itself is wonderful. Super clean, nicely decorated and cozy without being cluttered, the owner has created a room that stands out as one that has been thoughtfully created to please both cats and humans. I especially appreciated the warm lighting, which so many cafes fail to get right with harsh, fluorescent overheads that are serious buzz kills. I also enjoyed meeting the owner, a genial man who clearly loves these kitties and running his cafe. He genuinely wants you to enjoy the cats and the time you spend here.
As I sat inside Monta's lovely space surrounded by nine gorgeous cats and delicious cup of coffee in my hand while overlooking the Tokyo skyline, it struck me that this is an ideal cat cafe.
Five paws all around!
Date Visited: 6/5/17