Not only do cat cafes provide a fur fix for cat lovers and a wonderfully conducive setting for finding a new furry family member, but they’ve become great meeting places to enjoy some real cat-centric events, too. So, if you feel like doing yoga with cats, painting a feline portrait, enjoying a fun movie with a cat on your lap and, of course, looking to meet your next BFF (best furry friend), check out our list. And on the uber-good side, collectively these cat cafes have found several thousand cats forever homes, and the numbers continue to grow.
Crumbs and Whiskers
7924 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hours: Monday and Tuesday — 11 a.m. to 7.45 p.m.
Thursday through Sunday — 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Kanchan Singh opened her first cat café in Washington D.C., and, following its success, this second one here in Los Angeles. Feline yoga is popular in both locations, and so are trivia nights focusing on topics such as Harry Potter and Disney.
The Cat Cafe
472 Third Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Daily — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This feline establishment, with its full selection of coffee drinks, is located in the downtown marina district of the city, and, like most cat cafes, also takes reservations to ensure that it’s not too overcrowded at certain times.
Cat Town Cafe
Oakland, CA 94611
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mondays and Tuesdays for adoptions, appointment only
This was the first permanent cat cafe to open in the U.S. The Port of Oakland’s cargo cranes and dock area are the inspiration for the interior design of the Cat Zone, and the cat play structures are based on buildings from the downtown Oakland skyline. The cafe also features a rotating cat-centric art gallery and a variety of cat-focused merchandise available for purchase.
96 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: Mondays — 12 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday — 12 to 7 p.m.
Friday — 12 to 8 p.m.
Saturday — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
When it comes to events, Caturday morning cartoons are becoming very popular at KitTea. Visitors are encouraged to come in their PJs, and the cafe sets up a cereal “bar” featuring three classic cereals served with whole or soy milk. According to founder Courtney Hatt, the idea is that visitors make a bowl of their favorite cereal and then curl up with a cat to enjoy an hour of cartoons and old commercials ranging from the 1940s to the early 90s.
Denver Cat Company
3929 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
Hours: Sunday through Thursday — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
According to owner Sana Q. Hamelin, her cafe is the only one in the country where food and drink options are not sold separated but incorporated into the cat lounge.
“We are also one of the few that allow walk-ins and don’t limit cat time, but we try to stagger departures and arrivals especially when cats are adopted out and we have to integrate new arrivals into the cafe,” she explained. There are about 12 feline residents at any one time.
Orlando Cat Café
532 Cagan Park Ave.
Clermont, FL 34714
Hours: See website for cafe hours.
Play area: Tuesday through Sunday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While you are ordering your coffee, you can see the cats at play through a large viewing window and then of course go and join them in the Kitty Play area. The cafe hosts a variety of events and recently hosted a book-signing party for author and cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett.
The Brooklyn Cat Cafe
149 Atlantic Ave. (between Clinton and Henry)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Monday and Thursday — 1 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday — 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday — 11 to 7:30 p.m.
If you enjoy classic movies starring felines, check out the showings listed on the cafe’s website. It also hosts kitten happy hours for adults only and yoga sessions to test your suppleness with the feline stretched out on the mat next to you.
26 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002
Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Sunday — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Koneko means “kitten” in Japanese and is best described as a cat cafe and sake bar. Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it has an artisanal Japanese-influenced menu, plus beer, wine, sake — and a big, furry family of 20 adoptable cats. The cats roam freely around three cat-centric spaces. When you’re not petting purring felines, there’s a revolving exhibition of world-class artwork and a roster of weekly events that celebrate cats and Japanese culture.
46 Hester St.
Manhattan, NY 10002
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday — 12 to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Meow Parlour was the first cat cafe to open in the Big Apple and promises visitors “sweet cats and delicious treats.” Owner Christina Ha advises visitors to make a reservation so that the kitties aren’t overwhelmed. You can stay as long as you like, sip coffee, munch on a delicious cat-shaped cookie from the Meow Patisserie around the corner and enjoy the free Wi-Fi with a cat curled up next to you.
Morgan’s Cat Cafe
35 West Market St., Suite 1
Red Hook, NY 12571
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
This cafe is earning a reputation for fun events in the company of about 25 felines all looking for their forever home. Here, BYOB means bring your own brush, and learn how to paint cats with artist Christina Baal, who painted the mural inside the cafe. The Catnip Singles Mixer — Meeeooow! — is a great event to meet other cat people over a glass of wine and canapés. The cafe also sells $25 gift vouchers.
Kawaii Kitty Cafe
759 South 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kawaii (the Japanese word for cute) pretty much sums up all the resident felines. Located on historic Fabric Row in the heart of Queen Village, South Philadelphia, this establishment is part coffee shop and part adoption center and works with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society to select kitties to bond with their patrons. There are weekly free wine parties, and the evenings are themed.
Le Cat Cafe
2713 West Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday — 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday – 1 to 6 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed for cat nap 3 to 4 p.m.) Sunday – 1 to 6 p.m.
Le Cat Cafe works with Green Street Rescue to find foster homes and eventually forever homes for the cats that reside at the cafe. Both the yoga and Pilates classes are popular with regulars, and the cafe is planning to add events, such as story time for younger visitors as well as a therapeutic Senior/Veteran hour.
The Purrington Cat Lounge
3529 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday — 12 to 8 p.m.
Come and listen to Moshow the Cat Rapper purring words in the cat lounge or sign up for yoga classes, beer and wine tastings or meowvie nights. There’s nothing quite like a movie with a cat on your lap!
The Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe
1225 North 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.
Yoga sessions are very popular at this cafe, and you can purchase a monthly membership for the classes. The venue is also available for private parties with up to 16 guests.
Crumbs and Whiskers
3211 O Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Hours: Monday and Tuesday— 1 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday — 1 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday — 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
After visiting a cat cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Kanchan Singh opened this cafe in Washington D.C. and a second one in Los Angeles (see Los Angeles listing). Crumbs and Whiskers has both feline yoga and trivia nights, with topics like Harry Potter and Disney.
Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Crumbs & Whiskers
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