“Every animal should be well treated, not just our own cats! That’s why we fight for animal rights of all kinds!”, explains deputy director Julia. The Cat Temple therefore only serves plant-based cuisine. The menu has changed and grown over the years. While the Cat Temple originally opened as a simple café, today there is a wide spectrum of cold and warm meals on the menu. The homemade vegan cake is, of course, still available. To it has been added other sweet and savory dishes, as well as a seasonal menu. Everything is prepared according to their own recipes, fresh and healthy – and that morning, noon and night. A highlight is the spelt bread, which is baked fresh daily. “Unfortunately, many people still believe that you have to sacrifice flavor when choosing vegan food. We want to show that that certainly isn’t the case!”
Animal welfare and environmental protection go hand-in-hand for the Cat Temple team. That’s why, in addition to plant-based ingredients, value is placed on the use of food stuffs that have a minimal environmental footprint. That means, above all, using ingredients from local farms and avoiding the use of foods that require extreme amounts of water, long transport routes or those produced in unfair trade.
Not only is the menu sustainable, but the entire business is as environmentally friendly as possible. That includes abstaining from the use of plastic and trying to produce as little waste as possible. That includes food stuffs: “We don’t throw away food here!”
The Cat Temple is above all a safe & pleasant home for cats. But human guests don’t come off badly either. Sometimes a good meal is enough to make us happy & satisfied – and in the Cat Temple there are more than enough good things to eat. The furry friends can intensify this feeling: Did you know that even the presence of cats has a verifiably relaxing effect on our disposition?
To be certain that the four-legged friends feel at home in their new environment – with many human visitors and rattling dishes – they are introduced slowly to their new surroundings and staff observes how they react. Deputy Director Julia remembers the early days: “It is so wonderful to see how the cats have blossomed! At first, all of them were rather shy, now you hardly see that. I often stand here and watch the cats and have to smile about how well they have adjusted.” Naturally, every cat has its own individual personality. Some are by nature rather reserved, whereas others are always part of the action. That’s why they make sure that the guests don’t put pressure on the cats at the Cat Temple. The cats come to people on their own when they want to be petted. For an extra feel-good factor, the animals have their own room where they eat, use the litter box and can retreat.
Must haves at the Cat Temple
Carrot salmon sandwich & iced chai latte: The “salmon” made from carrots gets its flavor through liquid smoke & algae and tastes amazingly like its animal namesake. Combined with Guerkamalo (guacamole made from peas – delicious and better for the environment than the original from avocados) on home-baked spelt bread.
Summer special // Banh Miau Sandwich + Pink Panther Mocktail: Those who like Asian cuisine will love this baguette in the style of the Vietnamese classic Banh Mi - marinated tofu, pickled carrot & radish, baby spinach, coriander and a special sauce mix. Accompanied by a mocktail of alcohol-free gin, cardamom, rosemary, grapefruit, elderberry and tonic.