Cat Cafes Around the World
Cat cafes originated in Taiwan in 1998 with a cafe called Cat Flower Garden (now called Café Dogs & Cats), the concept was most embraced in Japan and today, there’s been a storm of cat cafe opening around the world. You could say the concept is cat-ching on.
For travellers looking for a coffee and cat fix, here are a few cat cafes around the world (and we’ll be soon listing more cat cafes from various regions)
Le Cafe des Chats: Located in Paris that opened in 2013.
Le Cafe des Chats is the first cat cafe in Paris, a unique place in France where cats and men are brought together.
The Café des chats is a restaurant and a tea room in which a dozen cats live freely.
Whether they were born in the street or abandoned, they found a stable home here. The cats were chosen for their sociability towards other cats and humans.
Koneko: Located in New York City, this cat cafe is a nod to the Japanese cat cafes
Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Koneko has an artisanal Japanese-influenced menu, plus beer, wine, and sake – and a big, furry family of 20 adoptable cats. Our kitties roam freely around three cat-centric spaces: The sunlit Upper Cattery, the warm and cozy Lower Cattery, and a first-of-its-kind outdoor Catio. We also have a revolving exhibition of world-class artwork and a roster of weekly events that celebrate cats and Japanese culture.
Koneko’s central mission is to find loving homes for cats pulled from the city’s “at-risk” list by our partner, Anjellicle Cats Rescue.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium: High tea service is an offering at this popular London spot.
Established in 2014, Lady Dinah’s is the UK’s longest-running Cat Cafe.
Guests can enjoy a drink, cake or a full High Tea service in the Wonderland-themed tearooms, joined by our clowder of wonderful rescue cats.
Resident cats wander around this 2-storey spot for coffee and cake, lined with sofas and bookcases.
Before you set off to visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, it is strongly recommended that you place a booking. It is often fully booked, and the only way to guarantee you’ll be admitted into the cafe is to place a reservation.
La Gatoteca: Madrid’s cat cafes provide a reprieve from the hectic city life.
La Gatoteca is the first cat bar in Spain, somewhere you can enjoy a drink (non-alcoholic) along with a spot of feline company. Unlike the popular oriental cat cafés, geared towards the enjoyment of people, this establishment fulfils a social function for homeless cats.
La Gatoteca is the headquarters for the charity organisation ABRIGA (Charity Association for Cat Rescue and Adoption). Inspired by the cafés that sprung up in 1998 in Taiwan, it offers you the chance to spend some time in the company of several cats that are being looked after in cat shelters and which can be adopted, if the customer so wishes.
Space is spread over two floors, with large lounge areas where you can relax while cats wander around, play and rest. The café offers free Wi-Fi, a library and a shop, and over the course of the year, it runs courses and conferences about caring for cats.
Melbourne Cat Cafe: Australia’s first cat cafe was inspired by a trip to Japan’s many cat cafes.
Cat Cafe Melbourne is where you can get your cat and coffee fix at once. They have several rescue cats that you can play and interact with while enjoying a coffee and treat. Space is split over two floors with a relaxing lounge area on the ground floor and a cafe set-up on the first floor.
The cats have their own internal staircase and move freely between the two floors. Please note they have an age restriction of 8 years over only and wheelchair access is restricted to the ground floor as they only have stairway access to the first floor.
Pee Pees Katzencafe (Cat Cafe): Berlin’s first cat cafe
Pee Pee’s Katzencafe is well known in cat cafe circles as it was Berlin’s first and of course, the name makes it quite memorable.
While Pee Pee’s has significantly fewer cats than other places, this is only a good thing. Cats prefer to stalk their territory alone or with others, they are related to and can become very agitated by the presence of too many other cats. Another bonus is that you don’t have to book a 90-minute slot.
Sources: https://www.cnn.com/travel/gallery/cat-cafes-world/index.html, https://alternativeadventurers.wordpress.com, https://www.tripadvisor.co