A few years ago, the idea of sitting down for lunch whilst dozens of cats freely roam around you might have sounded crazy. But today, cat cafes are popping up all over Britain… and the world! Here’s some of the UK’s best, so you know exactly where to paws for a coffee next time you’re in town!
Picture the scene: you’re sitting in a café, slurping your steaming Latte Macchiato, just watching the world go by. Suddenly, something affectionately nudges your legs. You look down, to be greeted by the sight of a purring fluffball, waiting to be stroked. Of course, this is no ordinary café, but a Cat Café! This trend, which originated in Japan, has been spreading throughout the entire world. There are already 15 cat cafés across the UK, and you can bet there are more to follow. So, I decided to search out some of the best Cat Cafes on home soil, here in the UK! Meow!
Lady Dinah’s is the longest running cat cafe in the UK. Offering the purrfect escape from the bustle of the capital, this cafe serves drinks, afternoon tea and light bites in the company of a bunch of cuddly cats! If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can go for “High Tea”, as part of which you’ll receive a three tiered plate of goodies and refillable drinks. On their website, you can also purchase cat-themed gifts, such as a kitty colouring book, fridge magnets and postcards!
Nottingham’s Kitty Cafe offers a wide selection of freshly made food and cakes, served in a cat-friendly open space filled with kitty toys! All food is prepared in a sealed glass kitchen and you receive a specially-designed umbrella to protect your food from pesky paws once it arrives at the table. The cafe can house up to 30 cats at any one time, and behind the scenes, the cafe operates a cat rescue and re-homing facility. If customers feel a special bond with a particular kitty, they can apply to take them home! There’s also a branch in Leeds.
The Cat Cafe in Manchester is home to 10 cats at any one time, who are particularly fond of the tropical fish tank in the cafe! This cafe in particular aims to provide a relaxing haven for the working urbanite. It’s offering therapeutic feline company for those who spend the entire day looking at a computer screen, are not allowed pets in their apartments or simply do not have the time to keep one! One of the cafe’s key aims is also to combat the recent rise in mental health problems by providing stress-free time with the kitties. Research shows that spending time with pets can have all sorts of health benefits, from reducing stress and blood pressure, to improving your diet!
You’ll find Mog on the Tyne on a lovely historic street in Newcastle city centre. Founder Katie Jane adopts cats from Westgate Ark cat re-homing shelter and aims to raise awareness of the problem of homeless, stray and abandoned cats. This cat cafe runs a number of quirky cat-themed events each week, such as Cat Bingo, Cat Colouring and Knitting Club, where you can learn to knit cat toys! In Newcastle you can also check out CatPawCino Cat Cafe
Maison de Moggy is Scotland’s first ever cat cafe! The cafe focuses on the therapeutic qualities of cats, and serves locally produced teas, coffees and cakes. The cats here are mostly pedigree breeds. And the cafe is the only cat cafe in Europe to own a Sphynx cat, who is named Elodie! If you visit, you can also meet Fabian, a Norwegian Forest, and Alain, a ragdoll!
Hull’s cat café opened in October 2017 and the Spring Bank institution has really gone from strength to strength. Its owner, Amy, also runs the Not Just Pets animal charity, so you know this is a place where the animals are being exceptionally taken care of. Since June 2018, the Catisfaction family has expanded to include new members Macaroni, Tortellini, Missu and Chello. These adroable kitters are the purrfect company to your afternoon cuppa. They even had their very own Welcome Day where they were deserving stars of the show.
And that concludes my tour of the best UK Cat Cafes! Please leave me a comment if you enjoyed reading this or if you’ve visited any of these cafes. I’d love to hear some pawesome kitty stories and see your photos!