Paws and Pleasure: A Feline Haven at Cambodia’s Ministry of Cat Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Cambodia, Ministry of Cat isn’t your ordinary cafe; it’s a haven for cat lovers, a culinary delight, and a sanctuary for furry friends in need. Established in April 2019 with a mission to find forever homes for stray cats, this unique establishment has seamlessly blended Melbourne’s cafe culture with a hint of Spanish flair.

Heartfelt Mission and Culinary Delights

At Ministry of Cat, the mission is as heartwarming as the atmosphere is inviting. Collaborating with Animal Rescue Cambodia, the cafe has successfully rehomed nearly 250 cats over its four-year journey. The dedication to this noble cause is evident in every corner of the cafe, creating an ambiance of compassion and care.

The menu at Ministry of Cat is a culinary journey that blends the best of Melbourne’s coffee culture with a fusion of Spanish-inspired dishes. Imagine sipping on artisanal coffee while indulging in mouthwatering romesco avocado toast, Korean bibimbap, or Caribbean tacos – all in the company of adorable feline companions. What makes it even more special is that all dishes are vegetarian, with numerous vegan options available, catering to a wide range of tastes.


A Resilient Journey Through the Years

Having survived this long, including through the challenges brought by the pandemic, Ministry of Cat stands as a resilient symbol of commitment. The temporary closure during lockdown gave rise to innovative services like daily lunch box deliveries and a cat hotel, offering a safe haven for pets while their owners go on vacation.

Owner Adolfo said, “We’ve successfully rehomed nearly 250 cats, making a tangible difference in the lives of these furry friends in Cambodia. Every purchase at our cafe supports this noble cause, allowing us to continue our efforts in creating a better life for our feline companions.

Supporting the Cause: Every Purchase Makes a Difference

The heartbeat of Ministry of Cat lies in its mission to make a tangible difference in the lives of stray cats in Cambodia. With nearly 250 successful adoptions, every purchase at the cafe directly supports this cause. Whether it’s a cup of coffee or a delectable dish, visitors actively contribute to the welfare of furry companions, helping create a better life for them.

Adolfo added that Cambodia faces a significant stray cat population, and most of these animals face a grim fate due to lack of nourishment, disease, and the local cat meat trade.

“Our partner ARC is rescuing these cats from the streets, and we provide a temporary home while finding them the perfect family. Additionally, we play a crucial role in spreading pet culture in Cambodia, contributing to the improvement of animals’ lives in the country,” he said.

An Unforgettable Experience: Coffee, Companionship, and Culture

Ministry of Cat offers more than just a place to dine; it provides an unforgettable and unique experience. The cafe’s peaceful ambiance, tasteful decor, and, of course, the company of furry friends create the perfect atmosphere for work, friendly chats, or quality time with family. Highly trained baristas ensure top-notch coffee, while the diverse menu offers local delicacies like banh xeo alongside international favorites like Japanese cold noodles.


Benefiting the Community: From Street to Sanctuary

Cambodia grapples with a significant stray cat population, facing challenges like malnourishment, disease, and the local cat meat trade. Ministry of Cat, in partnership with Animal Rescue Cambodia, actively rescues these cats from the streets and provides them with a temporary home. By doing so, the cafe plays a vital role in creating awareness and spreading pet culture in Cambodia, contributing to the overall improvement of animals’ lives in the country.

Join the Mission, Experience the Magic

Adolfo ended, “We extend a warm invitation for you to join us at Ministry of Cat, experience the magic, and play a part in our mission to make a lasting impact on the lives of our feline friends. Come for the coffee, stay for the company – you won’t be disappointed!”

Tom Starkey
Author: Tom Starkey

Tom Starkey is an International Development graduate from Sussex University with 12-years of experience across 4 continents, Tom's goal is that he wants to showcase his love for Cambodia, where he lives, works and now happily calls home.