Cat cafes have come to Germany!

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.

How purrrrfect!

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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!

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“shhhh A HUMAN IS HERE!!”

Have you guys ever been to a cat cafe?

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25 Comments

  1. February 17, 2014 / 1:31 am

    What a cool idea! This is literally my idea of heaven. So.many.cats!

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 17, 2014 / 12:40 pm

      Yea it’s great! 😀 I think every city should have one!

  2. February 17, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I’ve been following this trend of cat cafes in the news, but haven’t had a chance to visit any. Glad to hear Montreal is gettting a kitty cafe too!

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:20 pm

      I don’t watch the news much in Germany, but that’s cool that they’re getting so much publicity! I think the one in Montreal has opened…let me know how it is if you visit! 🙂

  3. February 17, 2014 / 11:17 pm

    Oh wow, I had never heard of cat cafes until reading your post! What a cool idea especially for all of us animal lovers in the world. That last picture made me laugh like they were up to something just as you implied. It’s been many years since I took German and I went to their website. I see that they have very strict rules for patrons regarding the cats and that is good. From what I could figure out it looks like they have some yummy salads, soups and pasta dishes. Sorry, you know what a foodie I am lol! Can’t wait for your next post when you have time, Michelle! 🙂

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      That’s so cool that you still remember enough German to read their website! 🙂 Once I don’t use a language for a few years, I forget it completely. Haha and of course you’d check out the menu 🙂 I think you’d be happy to know that they have dog cafes as well! Hopefully that’s another trend that will be brought to Europe/N.America as well! 😀

  4. February 18, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    The cats are really cute, but somehow the concept of eating and drinking with cats all around creeps me out… what a funky concept! It seems fitting that it originated in Japan 🙂

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:25 pm

      Haha, yea I can see it being a bit creepy if there were tons of cats. This one only has 6 though, and its a big place, so you don’t even notice them unless you go looking for them! 😛 And yea, they think of the craziest things in Japan…they even have a goat cafe there!

      • Milly
        May 30, 2014 / 2:59 pm

        Goat Café!? Cool! But, one question, wouldn’t they poop every where inside?

  5. February 19, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Awww, cute! I think there’s a cat cafe opened in London now, so next time I’m down there I want to go. I agree, though – you need sofas and armchairs and a more relaxed atmosphere to get the full benefit!

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      Yes, hopefully the one in London will have that concept!! Let me know how it is! 😀

  6. February 19, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    Oh this is such an awesome idea. I had no idea there are such cat cafes. I loves cats so I am going to try and find one in my area.

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      Where are you from? It seems like they’re popping up everywhere so I’m sure it’s not too hard to find one near you 🙂

  7. February 19, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I love this idea – we need these here! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler 🙂

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      No prob! Your link up is such a cool idea 🙂 And hopefully there’s one opening in your area sometime soon!

  8. February 20, 2014 / 9:27 am

    Hi Michelle, interesting post about Cats 🙂 I love to much this meeeow meeeow…. & meeeow so much 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 20, 2014 / 3:28 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 hopefully you’ll get to check out out!

  9. February 21, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    My friend will love this…animal cafes are getting more popular and I’m happy they are ! Although I am very allergic to cats so I might steer away from these ones…

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 25, 2014 / 11:41 pm

      Awww that sucks! They also have dog cafes in Asia so maybe those will catch on in North America/Europe as well! 🙂

  10. February 22, 2014 / 5:19 am

    Oh my gosh, all the kitties. I would totally take a trip just to pet them! I wish I lived in a place with a cat cafe – let’s hope the idea spreads even more.

    • Michelle
      Author
      February 25, 2014 / 11:43 pm

      Cat cafes do seem to be popping up everywhere rapidly, so maybe there will be one in your area by the end of the year 😀

  11. Helly
    May 11, 2014 / 9:35 am

    hey there. i love how cat cafes have finally arrived in germany but as a german girl living in shanghai ive gotta say i still preffer the cat cafe here in shanghai!

    • Michelle
      Author
      May 14, 2014 / 6:15 pm

      Haha yes I can imagine them to be a lot better! 😛 You’re so lucky to be living in Shanghai…sounds like such a fun place to be!

  12. Milly
    May 30, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Cool! Dog and Cat cafes! Whoo! 🙂
    Wish they would come out with a horse café… lol! 🙂 I enjoy reading your blog/website!! 🙂

  13. Payton
    July 30, 2014 / 4:41 am

    Awh, this idea is so cute! I’ve never heard of Cat Cafes, until i saw this. I hope they continue to trend and come to the US, although that would probably be quite a while. Another reason to travel!

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