- 28 cat cafes around the world
- Czech Republic
Are you a cat person? Then this is the ultimate list for you! These cat cafes around the world are perfect for those that love these fur babies and want some alternative travel goals. I’ve asked over 25+ travel bloggers to contribute and curate to this amazing list and I’m sure you will love to share these with with your fellow cat lovers! What’s the closest cat cafe near you? These cat cafes around the world are listed alphabetically; they’re in no particular order.
28 cat cafes around the world
Olomouc town in one of the best-kept secrets in the Czech Republic. This baroque town is so charming and so unique that many people call it a small version of Prague. There are many places to visit and things to do in Olomouc , but what most of the travelers don’t think about is to visit a cat cafe. I’m crazy about cats and in every destination I arrive, I search for a place to have a nice cappuccino and play with some furry friends. So when I arrived in Olomouc my first afternoon coffee was at Coffee Cat [kočičí kavárna in czech]. It’s a hidden cafe on the first floor of a commercial building, just off the old town. The sign is small, only cat lovers would find it and if you are in Olomouc it’s worth to visit. Inside about 15 cats will be waiting for you, from big fluffy Persians to ginger Garfields and playful kittens. No rush there, you can stay as much as you want, you only need to order a coffee and maybe a pie. Since you are in the Czech Republic, the cat cafe also serves good local beer, a good call if you want to go for a happy hour with friends and the cats. I love it! – By Nat of Love and Road
We discovered the Cat Cafe Nurri (Kassikohvik Nurriand) during a short city trip to Tallinn. The cat cafe was very close to the AirBnB we rented in the Maakri neighbourhood of Tallinn. It is open all year round, every day from 12 am to 7 pm.
The cafe has a good Italian menu (also vegetarian food) and some seriously delicious coffees. The highlight Is definitely the cats though. During our visit, the cafe was home to around 8 cats. The family-run enterprise takes very good care of the cats, which all come from animal shelters. All cats have the necessary vaccine shots, tracking chips and are neutered. They also look very healthy, clean and well fed.
What I really like about this Cat Cafe is that the cats have a big playground with many toys to play with and cat trees to climb. They furthermore have always the possibility to leave the public area whenever they want. The cats are very placid and often in a mood to play. The fee for entering the Cat Cafe Nurri is 5 Euro for adults and 2.5 Euros for pensioners and students. Families pay 10 Euro all together. I can highly recommend a visit to this great little place in Tallinn. – Thomas Mathys from Trip Gourmets
Located in the Tammela district of Tampere, Cat Cafe Purnauskis was Finland’s first cat cafe. When you arrive, you first ring the doorbell in order for the staff to let you in safely, without any cats scurrying outside. You then pay an admission fee of 5€ per person before you take a seat and place your order. Stepping into the cafe, it almost feels like an extension of the outside. Warm natural woods dominate the interior and the room is flushed with light. This magic kingdom is home to six cats with vastly different personalities. However different they are, they all love human companionship and are used to cafe visitors. Often they will let you play with them and at other times they may just curl up next to you while you drink your cup of coffee. The cafe serves rich lattes, spicy teas, as well as sweet and savory treats. For the small sum of 25€, you may even try a cup of the famous Kopi Luwak which the cafe sources sustainably. Purnauskis cooperate with Kisu Ry, a non-profit organization dedicated to re-homing cats. Through the cafe, you can get to know the association and support it financially. – Jacky from Nomad Epicureans
The Budapest Cat Cafe is the first cat cafe I’ve ever come across on my trip to Budapest. Relatively empty, it’s teamed with cats rolling around in the area on different stoops. They’re kept to themselves, but you can go ahead and get familiar with them. They have a decent amount of coffee and edibles on offer, with dairy free alternatives. They also have some wifi, so if you’re a digital nomad in the area that loves felines, you will definitely get some much needed TLC in this place!
The first Cat Cafe started in Taipei, but the capital of cat cafes has always been Tokyo. In fact, there are so many cat cafes here that you could probably spend 1-3 days just visitng the various ones, and that might not still be enough time. My favorite though is the one in Harajuku, called MoChA.
The hygiene is strict, and visitors must respect cats. You’re free to pet the cats or play with them as long as they want to. There are plenty of places where the cats can relax and hide if they want to be left alone, and they even have a backdoor.
When we went, there were almost always 5-8 cats that either relaxed somewhere or played with us or some other visitors. It’s a nice place, and since it’s located on the 4th floor, you also have a view from up here.
You can buy beverages for yourself and snacks for the cats, which is recommended if you just stay for a short period of time and want to play with the cats. Prices are reasonable as well, and you pay only for the time you visit, rather than a high entrance fee.
You can come here as drop in, and during most times of the day, you don’t need to book in advance. – By Alex of Swedish Nomad
I discovered Purrfect Cat Cafe quite serendipitously. It was my second time in the UNESCO Heritage City of Georgetown, Penang, and I was with some colleagues on a short trip after our meetings in Kuala Lumpur. We were looking for live music that evening, but once we sighted the cat cafe, the music search was forgotten! Purrfect Cat Cafe is located on Lebuh Muntri, near the well-known ‘yawning arch’ street art at Ryokan Hostel. The cats are shelter cats, who can be adopted.
The cafe menu is quite limited, but it isn’t the star attraction so we didn’t mind. There was a selection of teas and cold drinks, and desserts. You order at the ground floor, where you would also pay the entrance fee of 13 ringgit (about $3), and then the staff would explain the house rules. The cats are housed on the next floor, and before ascending you would have to remove your shoes and wash your hands to keep the top floor clean. The cafe order would be brought up to you.
The cats are normally kept in half the top floor, which had toys and a big exercise wheel, and when there are visitors, a sliding door in between would be opened to open the whole floor for them (with the door to the stairs closed first). You get to learn their names and play with them (well, with the kitties who were in the mood) for as long as you wanted. It was my first cat cafe experience, and yet another cool thing to do in Penang, Malaysia! – Nuraini from Teja on the horizon
Amsterdam is full of great cat cafes! Cat lovers in Amsterdam will find that you don’t always need to even go to a cafe to meet friendly cats as many Dutchies believe that cats should be able to roam outside. However, you’ll find one notable cat cafe: Kattencafe Kopjes, which is similar to the typical style of cat cafe that you’ll find all over the world. You only need to pay a few euros for entry (3 euros) and you’ll be able to sit in this kitty paradise. It gets quite busy here, so be sure to make a reservation ahead. Food and drinks are extra and vegan-friendly. I definitely recommend the cake! All the cats here are rescues from the local shelter who have been given a wonderful home with loving companions! The hours are a bit limited, so you might need to sacrifice sightseeing to come here, however cat lovers will find tons of normal Dutch bars with cats where you won’t need to pay entrance (besides your own drink). One of my favorites is Pakhuis, a cozy brown bar in the center of Amsterdam, with a sleepy black cat who often greets the bar patrons. – By Karen of Wanderlusting K
The up and coming Polish seaside city of Gdynia has some truly cool bars, cafes and restaurants away from the commercial buzz of Poland’s bigger cities. The city had its first Cat Café open a few years ago and it has gone from strength to strength. The name in Polish is Biały Kot – Kocia Kawiarnia Gdynia, which translates simply as White Cat Café. The interior is open plan and bright, with lots of shelves, cat hammocks and places for the cats to hang out, this is a great venue for cat lovers who want a good lunch and coffee. It is located centrally on Władysława IV Street and attracts a mixture of locals and families. You order your food and coffee from the front kiosk, then open the door to the room full of cats while your order is served to you. Staff are super friendly and welcoming you to this little gem of a café on the Polish seaside. – Suggested by travel writer and nomad Jonny Blair, editor of Northern Irishman in Poland and Hello Poland travel blogs.
You can see Pet & Tea’s colourful petting room from the cobbled street in downtown Coimbra in central Portugal. The bundles of fur inside make it hard to walk past. If you want to cuddle the cats, you’ll pay €5 for an hour in the cat room, which includes a drink and helps fund the vaccinations and food for these former street cats. All of Pet & Tea’s cats are available for adoption so if you fall hopelessly in love, you may be able to take your new best friend home. Some are as cute as buttons while others have been through the wars – one was missing an eye when I visited.
For hygiene reasons, the furries are kept separate from the café area. Although you can’t take your food and drinks into the petting room, there’s an inner room with a glass wall where you can eat, drink and watch the feline antics in the cat room. For some reason I ended up taking my straw in with me and it proved more popular with the kittens than the many expensive toys that are on hand to help you entertain the animals and coax them onto your lap for a cuddle.
Some older cats are content to lounge on their cushion, observing their livelier counterparts with an aloof air. There is an escape hatch for shier creatures or those who’ve simply had enough adoration for the time being.
If you’re not bothered about the cats, stick to the bright, modern café area that’s simply a pleasant space to enjoy homemade cafes, a selection of teas, simple snacks and shop for handmade crafts. – By Julie of Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
There are a few choices of cat cafes in Singapore to get your fix of cat therapy. From the “kawaii” Neko No Niwa to Bugis-central The Cat Café. But my favourite place to go chill with the felines is Meomi Cat Café. The reason why I love this small sanctuary in trendy Haji Lane is the homely feel. The staff are passionate about their furry friends and they are super welcoming too. They are also extremely engaging with the cats, keeping them stimulated so that there is more opportunity to play with the fluffballs. The cats themselves consist of mixed breeds that are not usual to Singaporean homes from the fluffy Main Coon to the unique American Curl. I also think that the smaller space works out as an advantage, as you have more chance of meeting the little guys and gals. Although there will be a few sleeping out of touch in the high resting areas. If you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to a cat pedicure show and a feeding frenzy. Ever seen a cat fall asleep while getting its nails done? The snacks are also a treat with best picks being the waffles or chocolate cake. And when you’re done you can take a stroll down Haji Lane to all the indie boutiques and great eateries. – Callan from Singapore n Beyond.
Cat Cafés around the world are the “in-thing” with them cropping up in most European cities and even some cities in South Asia. Bratislava is home to a number of different style of cafés. All of the cafés we found were unique in both their design and beverages. Amongst the list of unique cafes is Mackafe, the best cat café in Bratislava. The menu is fairly standard but high quality offering the usual flavoured teas and Italian coffee options. However, there is a very unique hot apple and pear drink which tasted similar to hot apple juice. If you are visiting Bratislava any time that is not Summer, it’s likely to be chilly so this drink is perfect to warm you up! The cafe is really comfortable and cosy with a range of seating options including sofas, pillows, beanbags, mattresses and normal tables for a real choice of how you want to enjoy your stay.
The best part of the café is of course the gorgeous cats. These cats climb onto the seats and sometimes even onto your lap. They are happy just to sit and snooze in the area whilst you enjoy your coffee. They are perfectly friendly and gentle; even the person who is most anxious around cats will be comfortable. The establishment is kept very clean with free hand sanitizer on all doors (including the toilet) so that both you and the cats can stay clean and healthy. The care for the cats seemed excellent and all the cats were well fed, very comfortable and suitably happy. The staff were welcoming and attentive. Although they were busy tending to the customers and making drinks, they also made clear efforts to give their time to tending to the cats too. – Steve & Chrissie from Inspirational Discoveries
Danila from Travelling Dany suggests The Cat Cafe in Manchester. It is located in an hipster part of the city. The Northern Quarter is in fact an area full of art, artisans and creatives. The urban jungle can be a bit too overwhelming, which is why the silence, once you get inside the Cat Café, is almost deafening. Here in fact they adopted the Japanese method: cats and a zen environment are used to help people to relax. Offering a safe have in the middle of a particularly busy city.
Once inside you will receive a card where they write down the time. You’ve got to pay by the minute, but the maximum per hour is 12£. When you’re finished inside, you just walk out, they will check how long you’ve been inside and tell you how much you have to pay.
The cat area is separated from a short corridor, with a set of double doors to make sure the cats won’t get out. Before to enter, you will need to either remove your shoes or wear shoe covers. But once inside, you will be treated with a warm, cozy and colorful room full of cats! There’s also a cute little café that sells all kind of cat-themed threats and souvenirs. You’re meant to sit on one of the comfortable couches and sip your British tea, but to be honest, you’ll spend all of your time cuddling the friendly cats!
Those who started Tiny Lions Cat Cafe & Adoption Center in Ann Arbor had the right idea — a comfy, fun place to hang out with adorable cats all day! At this newest addition to Ann Arbor’s hip scene, opened in May 2016, the “Catfe” features cozy couches in a bright and breezy environment where you can sip your coffee while petting adoptable cats. Friendly kittens and cats of all ages cuddle up to you, wanting to be pet. They even put on shows sometimes. Whether you can’t have a feline at home or have family members who are allergic, these homeless fur babies are there for you. Tiny Lions also hosts fun events like Trivia Games, Coloring with Cats, Yoga with Cats, and Movie Nights where you can bring pillows, sleeping bags or blankets.
There’s free Wi-fi, cafe tables ideal for laptops, and lounge chairs good for snuggling. There’s currently no refreshments, but you can bring your own food, non-alcoholic beverages or coffee from the popular shop right next door. There’s a small charge of $7/hour (or $4 for half hour). They even have a Telecommeowting package for $15/day for those wanting to work in a stress-free zone.
Of course, at the end of the day, there is no obligation to take a cat home, but after spending so much time with such cuties, you may just want to, or simply return again and again!
Tiny Lions lounge & adoption Center (TLC)
5245 Jackson Rd, Suite A1; Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Open 6 days/week, Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-7pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
– By Lavanya of Nature Traveler
Crescent City Cat Club opened New Orleans’s first Cat Café in Marigny neighborhood in 2017. If you are a cat lover, missing your feline friend from home, or looking for an interesting place to spend the night, the Crest City Cat Club is for you. For $7, guests can come to the Crescent City Cat Club and hang out all day with their feline friends. There is also a window where guests will be able to watch bottle-fed newborns needing extra attention. If interested, or staying for a while, you can even sign up to volunteer to feed the small kittens while in town.At any time, 20 – 40 full grown cats have a living room area and ‘catio’ where they are allowed to explore and socialize. The cats know that you are visiting their house, and some of the cats are just couch potatoes, while others hide under seating, or are ready to pounce and play. Unlike other Cat Cafes, Crescent City Cat Club does not sell food and beverages, but you are more than welcome to bring in any local dishes and coffees from the local neighborhood. My favorite thing to get is a coffee from Coast Roast at St Roch Market so I’m fully caffeinated while playing with the beautiful cats. Looking for somewhere unique to stay in New Orleans? The Cat Club also has a guest house where visitors can spend the night for $100 a night. All travelers must like cats, because you are a guest in the cat’s homes. Travelers also have the ability to volunteer while they are staying in New Orleans. After spending all of that time with the adoptable cats, if you are interested in giving a feline its forever home you can adopt 1 cat for $65 or 2 for $100. – Mallory from Plaid Shirt Yoga Pants
Tucked away among the hustle and bustle of the famous, Chinatown neighborhood in New York City, lies the feline oasis of Meow Parlour. This recent addition to the Chinatown neighborhood is a great place for non-cat owners and wannabe cat owners to snuggle up and the kitty loving that they desperately need in their life.
However, the cats that call Meow Parlour home, or at least until they are adopted by a lucky visitor, are very popular amongst New Yorkers, an understandably so. Therefore, before you stroll on into Meow Parlour, make sure you make a reservation online, Time slots are thirty minutes long and cost $10 per session.
Not to worry though. If you are swept up in the kitty loving, you can always extend your time. Just keep track of the time though since the staff generally won’t remind you when your half an hour is up. And if you go over your time limit, you’ll be charged another $10.
Oh, one more thing! Before you head into Meow Parlour, you first have to check in at the front desk, sign a waiver (so that you won’t sue them if a cat gets a little too frisky), take off your shoes and coat, go over the rules with a staff member, and sanitize your hands. And boom, you’re ready to rock and roll.
From here it’s smooth sailing as you chill out with about ten different cats and marvel at all the insanely cute, cat themed décor in the café. A truly relaxing, unique, and super fun way to wile the weekend away. Looking for more coffee? Here’s a list of some amazing cafes to check out in New York. – Kelly from Girl with the passport.
Cat Town in Oakland, California, was America’s first cat cafe when it opened in 2014. It has changed its name (the Cat Town Cafe is now the RAWR Coffee Bar, and the cat area is known as Cat Zone) but the purpose is the same–to get cats adopted. And the format is a winner.
Step up to the counter and order a snack–I am fond of the sugar cookies decorated with “meow” as tasty as the ones you get when you buy cookies online and a cup of the acclaimed Highwire Coffee. This little cafe also prepares natural raw cat food that you can purchase to take home to your furball and special treats for the Cat Zone cats that you can purchase for just $1. Coffee and treats can be carried into the Cat Zone, where you can linger. Cute cat furniture includes whimsical beds inspired by cargo cranes seen at the Port of Oakland, and some play structures resemble buildings in downtown Oakland. Also, colorful murals cover the walls. Soaking up the atmosphere while you watch and munch for a while, then playing with the cats, then picking one to take home is the purrfect way to spend a day. – By Carole of Weekend Adventures Update & Berkeley & Beyond
Washington DC is home to an adorable cat cafe called Crumbs and Whiskers. It’s located right in one of the trendiest parts of DC – Georgetown. For a fee of $15 on weekdays, $20 on weekends, you can hang out in this adorable cat cafe for 90 minutes. The best thing about this cafe is that all the cats are up for adoption from local rescues! You’re not only having a ton of fun playing with kitties, but also supporting the rescue and adoption of adorable kitties! While you’re there, enjoy macaroons and coffee drinks from a local shop nearby in their adorable “coffee and cats please” coffee sleeves. There are toys and games available with tons of different seating options to make the most of your time in the cafe. It is also equipped with wifi so you can bring your laptop and get some work done too! If you’re headed to this cafe, make sure you make a reservation because it tends to sell out quickly, especially on weekends. -By Meghan of Meghan the traveling teacher