Café Miao

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Katte latte

Café Miao is Denmark’s first cat cafe and the site of my introduction to cat art in milk foam. It is home to seven friendly permanent residents: Stoffer, Åse, Peter, Guffe, Tiger, Panter, and Snehvide. The cafe wasn’t very crowded when I visited in the middle of a weekday, so the cat to human ratio was quite high. I suspect the cats have a taste that is a bit more traditional than that of the average Danish person, as the design of the place leans toward cat-cozy rather than the more customary modern Danish style.

 

Food options include burgers, a brunch plate, various udon noodle dishes, sandwiches, and salad. It looked to be standard cafe fare, with the bonus of cat-shaped buns for the sandwiches. I was tempted to order the veggie burger ($15), but I opted to stick to only a latte. The Copenhagen food scene is bursting with amazing eating spots, and I wanted to sample as many as possible during my 5-day visit. Plus I know I get so distracted by cats that finishing my coffee before it’s cold is enough of a feat.

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MINKA Cat Cafe

Most cat cafes focus on the cat-visiting part of the business rather the food and drink. That’s okay by me, as the point of going to a cat cafe is to witness some purring, get in a few pats, and toss around some toys. It’s hard to focus on two of my loves (cats and food) at the same time, and there are plenty of non-cat options if I’m just looking for a falafel or some spring rolls. But sometimes you hit the jackpot and find yourself eating well-crafted food in a tasteful, modern environment with a cat sitting in the chair across from you.

MINKA Cat Cafe is located in the Āgenskalns neighborhood of Riga, Latvia, approximately a 30-minute walk from Old Town. Five former shelter cats call MINKA their home, and they make perfect companions for lunch or dinner. The cafe serves beer, wine, and alcohol in addition to coffee drinks. There is no admission charge, and the prices are very reasonable. The full menu can be found on their Facebook page.  I visited for lunch on a weekday, and there were guests at only one other table. But the place can get crowded at other times, so reservations are recommended if you don’t want to risk disappointment.

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Blue Cat Cafe

It was pure luck that I landed in Blue Cat Cafe. A friend and I stumbled on it while walking home to our Airbnb late at night during a trip to Austin. Of course I insisted it be our first stop the next morning.

The cafe was started with funds from a Kickstarter campaign and sports both good food and creative decor. Yes, it’s a bit over the top cat-crazy, but in a good way. In typical Austin style, the food comes from a food truck and includes a variety of vegan Tex-Mex dishes. Coffee drinks are also all vegan. Visitors order outside, and servers bring everything in when it’s ready. It’s also possible to eat out in the courtyard.

Some of the cats are adoptable, while others are permanent residents. A three-collar system identifies the status of each cat. Those with green collars are in need of homes. A red collar indicates that a cat is in the process of being adopted. The remaining cats are permanent residents.

Location: 95 Navasota Street, Austin, TX, USA

Opening hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

Admission charge: $3

Reservations: No

Cats: Some are adoptable though the Blue Cat Foundation

Price for a small latte: $3.00

Seattle Meowtropolitan

Located in the Wallingford  neighborhood of Seattle, Seattle Meowtropolitan is Seattle’s first cat cafe.The friends I was visiting made a reservation for us to visit on a weekday at opening time. There were only a few other guests present, so there were plenty of cats to go around.

The cafe contains one room with a few tables where food and drinks can be purchased. It’s possible to sit in this section and watch the cats through a glass wall. A visit to the cat room costs $10 for 50 minutes, with one drink included in the entrance charge.

If you can’t get to Seattle, the cafe has a webcam on which you can watch the cats from 3 pm – 4 pm PST.

If you do make the trek, be sure to check out the Archie McPhee store that’s just down the block. You might want to pick up a dashboard cat buddha as a souvenir.

Location: 1225 N 45th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103, USA

Opening hours for cat lounge: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 9 pm

Opening hours for cafe: Monday, 9 am – 6 pm; Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am – 9 pm

Admission charge: $10 to enter cat lounge, includes one drink

Reservations: Possible to book online

Cats: 10-15 shelter cats from the Regional Animal Services of King County; some are adoptable

Food and drink: Various coffee drinks with vegan milk options available; pastries and snacks but not full meals

Price for a small latte: $3.30