The first time I heard about those cafe cafes in Japan, I was already planning my trip to Japan (which will no doubt be filled with lots of sushi eating, cat cafe visiting and dancing with Harajuku Girls)
Unfortunately flights to Japan aren’t the cheapest and I had to settle for just looking wistfully at other people’s stories on their travel blogs about going to cat cafes in various places in Asia – Japan, Taiwan, Korea etc.
So imagine my excitement when I heard that cat cafes have finally arrived in Europe! I too, can finally sip a latte while having cute cats climb onto my lap.
I don’t know what brought the cat cafe phenomena out of Asia but they seem to be popping up everywhere! The first cat cafe actually started in Taiwan in 1998, so it definitely took a while for this trend to take off…but last year, they’ve opened cat cafes in Vienna, Paris, Budapest, and most excitingly, in Munich and Berlin! There’s also cat cafes set to open in London, California, Montreal and Vancouver… (next time I’m back home in Canada, I’m so going to be in Montreal!)
The cat cafe in Munich is called Cafe Katzentempel and they have 6 cats, all of which came from breeders who didn’t want them anymore because they weren’t considered purrrrfect (hehe couldn’t resist saying that again). I find this only makes the cats in this cafe more unique, like the one cat that only has one leg, or this strange but lovely beauty…
They serve both drinks and food, however they only serve vegan food, which I don’t have much love for. Then again, no one really goes to a cat cafe for food do they? Especially when there are cute cats to play with!
One thing I didn’t like about Katzentempel was the set up…rather than couches and open spaces I would imagine cat cafes to have, the room was crowded with tables and chairs like they would in a restaurant. This didn’t give the cats too much room to freely move around, and with all the crowd and noise, the cats spent most of the time hiding in the hallway close to the washrooms.
Overall, I do like Katzentempel enough to go back, but I don’t think it really satisfied my cat cafe experience. Luckily, I’m going to Berlin sometime soon, so I’ll have to drag my friend to the cat cafe there. I also saw some photos of the cat cafe that’s opening in Montreal, and they seem to have tons of cats at that one!
Have you guys ever been to a cat cafe?