NURRI Kassikovik: Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 687 8505
Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 19:00, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Entrance Fee: 5€ per person
Friendly Faces: Review of Nurri Kassikohvik
Second Visit: 10/7/18
We loved our visit to Tallin and Nurri Kassikohvik so much, that we returned a year later, and found our second visit to be even better than our first!
Our first time at Nurri was also our very first cat cafe visit EVER, so we were overcome with so much kitty-filled emotion that we didn’t pay much attention to details or take very good photos. I mostly remember how I felt being there, which was inspired. I was impressed with the facility, the playfulness of the cats and the kindness of the staff.
As such, I expected a similar experience on my second visit, and was not disappointed. In fact, they exceeded all expectations.
We arrived around dinnertime on a cold and drizzly day, but inside, it was as warm and friendly. The cafe was buzzing with a happy scene of customers, a combination of kids and adults, sipping drinks, laughing and playing with the cats.
This time, we made sure to catch up with the owner JJ, a lovely man and caring cat lover. He caught us up on the new cats, sourced from shelters or as surrenders, such as a shy exotic named Kriimu. The cats are carefully selected to ensure they are in good health and enjoy being around humans.
The night of our visit, the kitties were quite playful and energetic, especially Lovi (Lion), who has a penchant for climbing on your back! Some of my favorites included Anni Vanni, a sassy black & white poser and Milli, a gorgeous tabby.
We also made sure to partake in the food menu this time, and were absolutely delighted by our choices. My quinoa salad included avocado, tomatoes and spinach, and was topped by a yummy combination of pesto and balsamic vinegar. Perry’s entree was a lovely caprese salad with prosciutto.
There is no time limit at Nurri and the 5 euro surcharge is a small price to pay for such a high quality experience. The cats, the food, the facility and the people- Nurri Kassikohvik ranks amongst the best in the world.
First Visit: 5/16/16
You never forget your first time. Interestingly, this cat cafe had particulars about it and being my inaugural visit, thought these may be standard. They're not.
You are buzzed in through a locked, double-door system to prevent opportunistic dashes for daylight (it is located on a busy street)
A cover charge of 5€ per person applied to the bill in addition to any food or drink orders
I'm only pointing this out in the name of full disclosure- it's not a deterrent. For Pete's sake, you are going to be in the presence of nine cuddly cats. SHELL OUT THE DOUGH AND BRING ON THE KITTIES!
I liked this facility. It was clean and inviting with relaxing music. While the space is large, it also has a few cozy, cushioned spaces where cats might be tempted to cuddle up next to you. It was thoughtfully designed with a variety of cat gym equipment and even an oversized cat wheel (like a hamster wheel, but for felines). There is a place to escape humans when they have had enough.
We were warmly greeted by a kind young woman who clearly had great affection for the cats. After we placed our order, I surveyed the clientele. On one end of the room, a grandmother sat stoically while her two young granddaughters ran with strings, squealing as cats chased them. On the other side, a 30-ish woman sipped a latte and smiled quietly while she tapped away on her laptop.
Later, a young mother with two boys entered and things got hectic with a bit too much running, yelling and flinging of the cat toys. The younger cats seemed to be fine with it, but the older cats scurried into hiding spots, much to my disappointment.
The cats themselves seemed very healthy, and friendly, once the noisy kids left. They slowly and cautiously emerged while we sipped our drinks and waited. Finally, our patience was rewarded as a long haired cutie leapt into our laps. Ah, success!
We stayed for about an hour and can honestly say that we had stupid grins plastered on our faces the entire time. It's physically impossible not to smile, so if you've got a severe case of grumpy pants, get thee to ye Cat Cafe Nurri forthwith.
We enjoyed hot chocolate, coffee and one piece of cake and the quality was very good. With food and drink, plus a 5€ per person cover, our total bill was 17€. I wrote about how fabulous Tallinn (and the country of Estonia) is on my other blog, so in addition to this outstanding cafe, I highly recommend a visit to this fascinating part of the world.
Dates Visited: 5/16/16 & 10/7/17