The Good Life With IQ
If you want tips, tricks and insights on travelling, being vegetarian, sustainability and India, and from someone who’s been there and done that, then The Good Life With IQ is a good place to be! The inspiration for this blog was a trip to the Lakshadweep islands in early 2017. We had a really tough time trying to figure out how to plan our trip, and the fact that there wasn’t really much useful information on the net was really frustrating. When we got back, I decided to write a post on how we planned our Lakshadweep trip, so that other travellers could be spared our frustration. But once I got started, it was difficult to stop. And that's how The Good Life With IQ got where it is today.
Whether you’re looking to pamper your pet, exchange notes with other pet parents or just hang out with pet people over good eats, The Pet Cafe is for you.
Pet-pampering venues are few and far between in Hyderabad. Enter The Pet Cafe, a hangout for four-legged furries and their two-legged companions. With menus and toys for both, and an easy-going atmosphere, this cosy café is one day-long ‘pawty’! Bonus: The Pet Cafe is right above the Allvet Pet Clinic. Does your furry friend tend to have their feathers (and fur) ruffled by a visit to the vet? Nothing some pet-friendly ice-cream won’t soothe!
The Pet Cafe is run by two ardent animal lovers, Deven Baheti and Shruti Darak. Besides taking care of the café’s operations, Deven runs the Deven’s Hope animal rescue center out of his basement. Shruti is the force behind kitchen of The Pet Cafe, and has also co-founded A Place to Bark, a shelter for abandoned dogs. Together, they know exactly what it takes for you and your furry friend to have a good time. That’s why the café is laid out so that both four-legged and two-legged guests can have fun.
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The deceptively simple signboard says it all
Deven with a furry guest
Fun for everyone
For the four-legged variety, there’s lots of mats laid out on the floor and plenty of toys for the asking. There’s a dedicated water bowl in one corner. And there’s even a private room for some quiet R&R time. If you prefer to stand upright, there’s plenty of seating space, most of it on the long community bar table. Perfect for socializing over pet-parent stories of a quick game of jenga! And if you’re the quiet type who prefers the company of books to that of people, there’s a bookcase full of them of to choose from while you wait for your eats.
The community table, perfect for socializing
Boris wants to join in the fun!
A quiet corner with books and a water bowl
A low table in the corner
This pug isn’t interested if the food isn’t for him
Perfect for a pet-date
Speaking of eats, The Pet Cafe is a great place for that lunch or dinner date you’ve always wanted to take your furry friend on. Not only does it have lots of drool-worthy snacks and meals for your fur buddy, you’ve got a lot to choose from, too. The menu has short eats ranging from nachos and sandwiches to muesli and peanut butter crackers, with plenty of juices, mocktails, shakes and desserts thrown in. Of course, since the café is run by animal lovers, the two-legged menu is vegetarian, and even has a small vegan section.
The pet menu: enough to make anyone’s mouth water
Eats and drinks for everyone
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The opening day experience
We went on opening day, and—just in case—without our mischievous little pawtner in crime. It was great to see so many six-legged couples there, eating, drinking and generally having a good time. Doggies were chasing each other around the room, kitties were climbing over people, and we were sitting in a corner watching the fun. Our plan was to have lunch at the café, so we ordered a bunch of things from the menu. Nachos, fries, sandwiches, and ‘mini poofs of happiness’—little burgers with potato patties—arrived one by one. And we polished them off with relish, washing them down with lots of juice. Everything was just what you would want from a place like this: light, tasty café-style eats and drinks, perfect for a few hours out with your furrier half.
A ‘little poof of happiness’ with extra chilli flakes
Fiery peri-peri fries, washed down with juice drunk through reusable straws
How to get there
The Pet Cafe is just off Road number 2, Banjara Hills. At the traffic signal near the Harley-Davidson, turn off the main road. Turn right at the next crossing, and look for the signboard of the Allvet Pet Clinic on your right. The Pet Cafe is on the first floor of the same building. Use this Google Maps location to navigate
Ambitious plans for the future
The Pet Cafe threw open its doors on 8 August, 2018, and it’s already got ambitious plans for the future. Weekly regional specials on the menu and an expanded space are just some of the things that are on the cards. So if you’ve got a furry friend you’d love to pamper, The Pet Cafe merits watching!
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