For the first year I lived in Rome, something was missing.
Of course I had moments of homesickness. I missed my family and my friends.
And I finally realized that I also missed my pets.
There was no cat cafe in 2010, but soon there was Bacon the cat.
Just one cat. (I made do).
We have since moved Bacon from San Lorenzo to Testaccio, which means that now that Rome DOES have its first cat cafe, I live pretty close to it!
I headed straight to the upstairs seating where I met this guy. He was very interested in being in my immediate vicinity, but not really into snuggling.
All the cats in the cafe are indoor kitties, roaming the cafe’s cat playground and eating their own natural food.
Most are curious/interested in coats.
All have impeccable taste in home decor and reading material.
But it’s not just all cats, all the time. Romeow Cat Bistrot serves up vegan-friendly fare. So you can get your feline companionship with drinks and treats.
Valentina (one of the lovely founders) is happy to chat about the kitties, the menu and the philosophy.
I opted for a smoothie, which are also slightly difficult to come by in Rome. Almond milk, bananas and berries in this case. For 6.50 Euro, the relatively rare treat was a bit pricey but the selection of primi and secondi seemed more reasonably priced.
Update: (5 November 2015) When I visited Romeow, I only ordered a smoothie. The smoothie was small for the price, but fine. Since then, I have heard from a few visitors that the menu was seriously lacking so I am removing this post from my Rome Restaurant Reviews. I cannot recommend the food — it is good in theory but perhaps not in execution. But the coffees are a fine bet and the kitty company and novelty factor might be worth it.
Romeo Cat Bistrot
Via Francesco Negri, 15
+39 06 57289203
Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 – 23:00