Totoro-themed cat cafe in Vancouver announces July opening date

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Here’s some meow-velous news for fans of Japanese animation and cats: A Totoro-themed cat cafe is set to open in Vancouver.

Catoro Cafe announced last year that they had secured a space for their unique take on two pop culture phenoms: The 1988 movie “My Neighbour Totoro” and a cafe where you can pet cats. Now, the cat-friendly hangout has announced its 2019 opening date: Monday, July 29.

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Much like other established cat cafes, the business will be split into two sides: food and drink in one half (in this case bubble tea and waffles) and a place for petting cats in the other half. Guests will also have the option to adopt a cat, if they find a good match.

The space will be decked out to match the theme of “a mysterious cat forest,” riffing on the film. Catoro Cafe is also drawing inspiration from a Japanese cat cafe called “Temari no Ouchi,” which was created on the notion of “nekko no mori,” which means “cat forest.”

Although Vancouver is already home to one cat cafe, called Catfe, Catoro Cafe is taking things to the next level with their thematic approach, for sure.

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Catoro Cafe says their aim is to address the problems Vancouverites have with working long hours or not being able to have a pet in their housing situation, as well as create another indoor option for daytime and nighttime recreation in the city.

The team at Catoro Cafe will be taking over the space at 666 East Broadway, which has previously been a butcher shop and the temporary location of the Mensch deli pop-up shop.

“Our vision is for Catoro Cafe to not only be a place where you come to find a cat for yourself, but instead, a MAGICAL destination where you want to spend hours visiting again and again,” says Catoro Cafe.

“Catoro will be an escape from society and from everyday worries. We hope that many people, whether they can or cannot have cats of their own, can spend time with our cats as a way of therapy and to find happiness in our mysterious cat forest.”

The Cat Forest is a large room with cats that roam freely around for you to admire and play with. Admission offers 30 minutes in the cat forest, and guests are advised to arrive 10 minutes before their time slot. Catoro Cafe will be open daily from noon until 10 p.m.

To have a look at some of the friendly felines available for adoption, as well as more information about the whimsical cafe, visit here.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom