October 1, 2023
Located in North Willoughby, Chatswood, Sydney, Jiji Rescue Cat Cafe is a great place to meet cats have a coffee and snack and enjoy spending time with friends. Set in a leafy suburb, I was able to find parking easily near the café. On entry, I was greeted by a friendly staff member, who took my order before escorting me in to meet the cats, that were happily lounging on the couch, one in a cat bed on the floor, and another perched in a cat tree.
Popcorn, a white and ginger male was the first to greet me and the staff happily told me that it was one of the other cat’s last day at the café, and he was being taken to his new home that afternoon. All of the cats come from rescue groups and are available for adoption. The café’s main goal is to help these cats find their forever homes and so far, have managed to rehome 36 cats.
Jiji Cat Rescue Café was founded by Yuki Arai. Originally from Japan, Yuki has brought the popularity of cat cafés in Japan to Sydney. Besides a great drink menu, there’s also a snack menu with gluten-free banana bread and cookies, healthy protein balls, and wraps available, plus there’s cat art for sale and I bought a birthday card for a friend while I was there, knowing that the money was going towards a very good cause.
The café allows a maximum of 6 people per booking including children under 3 yo. All ages are welcome. Children under 3 years old are free of charge. However, children under 12 years old must be supervised by those over 18 years old. Each child requires a supervisor to enter. The entry fee is also a requirement for supervisors. Entry is $15 per person for 20 minutes and an additional $8 for every 10 minutes after. Booking is strongly recommended.
161B Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove NSW 2068