Ahh, Prague. It’s one of my favorite cities by far. It’s full of amazing architecture, beautiful parks, delicious cheap beer, and friendly people. Prague is also home to several cat cafes. Located in Karlín (Prague 8), Kavárna Kočičí is a family-owned cafe that is the permanent home to nine former shelter cats. The cafe also is very involved in charitable work, having raised over 60,000 Kč ($2500) in the past year and a half for shelter cats and to support the spaying and neutering of street cats.
The cafe is spacious, with tables and chairs on the ground level and a lounge area below. The lower level, with exposed brick walls and rustic decor, would be a nice place to curl up with a book and a cat on a winter day. The lack of windows makes it a less than ideal spot if you’re interested in taking photos, so be sure to get your fill of cat pics before you descend the spiral staircase.
Both vegetarians and celiacs will find something on the menu; food offerings include vegetarian soup, salad, quiche, pastries, and cakes (including vegan and gluten free). Beer and wine are sold alongside the typical tea and coffee drinks.
More views of the cafe are available on their YouTube channel.
Location: Křižíkova 22, 180 00 Prague 8
Hours: every day, 11:00-20:00
Admission charge: 20 Kč ($0.85)
Price of a latte: 60 Kč ($2.50)
Price of a beer: 39 Kč ($1.60)
If you find yourself planning a trip to Prague (which you must), the absolute best place to stay is in an Airbnb room hosted by Monika. I had such a great experience with her during my first trip to Prague in 2015 that I returned to visit again in 2016. You’ll want to check out some of the major landmarks in the city center, but the surrounding neighborhoods are much more appealing if you wish to avoid the crowds. Monika will share her tips for sights that are off the usual tourist trail and show you were locals spend their time. Thanks to her for acting as a translator when I spoke to the cafe owner!