- Avery Newmark For the AJC
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.
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 and a second one just opened here in Atlanta.
Here are 15 purr-fectly unique cat cafes across America:
415 Memorial Dr. SE. C, Atlanta. 470-305-7575.
Java Cats Cafe was the first Cat Cafe in Atlanta. It opened in March 2017. 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.
529 Irwin St. NE, Atlanta. 678-640-4404.
Cat lovers now have two places in Atlanta to sip coffee, pet kitties, and, if they'd like, give one lucky feline a forever home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3211 O St. NW, Washington, DC. 202-621-7114.
Washington DC's first cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers offers a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, desserts and, of course, cats.
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.
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.
26 Clinton St., New York. 646-370-5699.
A bright, upbeat cat cafe that offers espresso, Japanese snacks, pastries and sake, plus adoptable cats.
96 Gough St., San Francisco. 415-658-7888.
A more modern cafe that offers waffles, sandwiches and a lounge for playtime with felines.
1925 Monroe St., Madison, Wisconsin. 608-665-3636.
A wonderful place to spend time with great people and adoptable cats.
532 Cagan Park Ave., Clermont, Florida. 352-989-4820.
Located just about four miles from Disney's Animal Kingdom is a playful cat cafe - there's no reason not to stop in and befriend some animated felines.