During our first couple days in Lille, we walked past a storefront that immediately caught my eye because it had a big fluffy dog in the window. Are you not a dog person? Well, it was nice knowing you.
Kidding, but really what's wrong with you? The window said "café chien," and I hoped with all my heart that this was a literal translation meaning dog cafe and not some weird French setup that I wasn't familiar with. I've heard of cat cafes (no thank you) and owl cafes (hard pass, I'm scared of birds), but a dog cafe...could it be true?!
When we got back to our place I looked it up and to my delight, it came up as Europe's first dog cafe. Here's how it works: you pay 5€ as an "entry" fee and that includes tea, coffee and water. There are also some snacks available for purchase. Most importantly, you get to sit and pet dogs and love your life. There are 5 dogs that the cafe adopted as well as some available for adoption. The 'regulars' are all friendly and even moreso when you have a cookie. When we went, the adoptable pups were to-die-for adorable, and I really wanted one. I've been fighting the urge to get a dog since I moved to Atlanta but knowing we were going to take this time for travel, I've resisted.
When we got there it was just us and a few other people, so plenty of pups to go around. It did get busier and I can imagine it reaches a point where the dog to people ratio makes it weird with everyone waiting their turn to hang out with a dog, but our visit was perfect. It helps that it's impossible to spend time there and be in a bad mood. The staff was friendly, and it was very clean as long as you don't mind a little dog hair. 5€ well spent!