• Purr-fect venues: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

    By: Avery Newmark, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


    If you know anything about cat cafes, you know that they are places to sip a magical cup of coffee -- surrounded by the fierce and fabulous. 

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    You might even end up adopting one. What you might not know is that the first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan. They have since popped up all over the world.

    Since today is National Cat Day, here are 14 purr-fectly unique cat cafes across America:

    Java Cats Cafe

    415 Memorial Drive SE. C, Atlanta; 470-305-7575 and 85 Atlanta St., Marietta 770-635-8403. 

    Java Cats Cafe, Atlanta’s first cat cafe, opened in March 2017, with a second location added in Marietta in 2018. Patrons can sip on coffee from Ebrik Coffee or eat a light bite while spending some time with a cuddly, four-legged friend. Reservations highly recommended.

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    Happy Tabby Cat Cafe

    529 Irwin St. NE, Atlanta. 678-640-4404.

    Cat lovers now have another place in Atlanta to sip coffee, pet kitties, and, if they'd like, give one lucky feline a forever home.

    Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar

    283 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina; 843-212-5500.

    Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is a place where you can hang out in a living room setting roamed by adoptable cats, sip on boozy beverages and indulge in delicious pastries.

    Why lounge around when a cat cafe beckons?
    Why lounge around when a cat cafe beckons?
    Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group

    Le Cat Cafe

    2713 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia; 267-800-7877.

    Owner Kathy Jordan said the idea behind Le Cat Cafe is simple: Cats roam freely in an environment where they feel comfortable, while customers can sip coffee, tea or hot chocolate -- all provided free by Jordan -- and mingle with the cats of Green Street Rescue.

    Cat Town Cafe

    2869 Broadway, Oakland, California. 510-747-9064.

    Founded by cat lovers Adam Myatt and Ann Dunn, Cat Town Cafe became the first permanent cat cafe in the U.S. when it opened in 2014.

    Puringtons Cat Lounge

    3529 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon; 503-334-3570.

    Portlanders love their cat cafe, and -- lucky for cat lovers -- reservations are not hard to get.

    Denver Cat Company

    3929 Tennyson St., Denver; 303-433-3422.

    Denver's only cat cafe features cats from Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue; all cats are up for adoption. Entry into the cafe is free during the week, and $5 on the weekends. Reservations are not accepted.

    Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe

    3041 Indianola Ave., Columbus, Ohio; 614-852-3521.

    If you enjoy bakery sweets, great coffee and the friendliest cats in town, Eat, Purr, Love is for you. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins can sometimes be accommodated. The $10/hour "Cat Lounge" fee helps cover the cost of caring for the feline foster family members.

    Crumbs & Whiskers DC

    3211 O St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-621-7114.

    Washington’s first cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers offers a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, desserts and, of course, cats.

    Crumbs & Whiskers LA

    7924 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; 323-879-9389.

    Here you'll find some of Los Angeles' most adorable and friendly cats from Karma Rescue for some cuddle time with a cause.

    Guests are welcome at cat cafes, but limited to humans and other cats.
    Guests are welcome at cat cafes, but limited to humans and other cats.
    Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group

    Blue Cat Cafe

    95 Navasota St., Austin, Texas; 512-766-5003.

    Austin's first cat cafe features a vegan menu of sandwiches and "cat dogs" (a clever name for hot dogs), as well as delicious coffee and tea to enjoy while getting to know the cats in a casual, colorful space.

    Koneko Cat Cafe

    26 Clinton St., New York; 646-370-5699.

    A bright, upbeat cat cafe that offers espresso, Japanese snacks, pastries and sake, plus adoptable cats.

    KitTea Cat Cafe

    96 Gough St., San Francisco; 415-658-7888.

    A more modern cafe that offers waffles, sandwiches and a lounge for playtime with felines.

    Orlando Cat Cafe

    532 Cagan Park Ave., Clermont, Florida; 352-989-4820.

    Located just about 4 miles from Disney's Animal Kingdom is a playful cat cafe -- there's no reason not to stop in and befriend some animated felines.

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