Meet us at the Cat Cafe Stubentiger in Hannover on the 18th of February 2018

Hello everyone,

As some of you know we often travel to Germany and of course while there visit our favourite German cat cafe Stubentiger!

Cat Travel: Cat Cafe Stubentiger

This time around we arranged a special event at Stubentiger! We will be there to meet German cat lovers and talk to them about all things cat but at the same time recruit some people for the German edition of Katzenworld! ; )

 

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If you are interested in meeting us and of course the cats of Stubentiger sign-up for the event on Facebook, we’d love to meet some of our German followers there.

And don’t forget the cats are not the only amazing thing at the  cafe… they’ve plenty of great food to choose from on their menu!

Marc

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Nagoya, Japan: A Top Cat Cafe City

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As a reviewer, I try not to toss accolades around as indiscriminately as I do cat treats.

But I’m going to make an exception for Nagoya.  This Japanese city is not typically found on a tourist’s itinerary, but it should be if you are a cat lover,

You see, the cat cafes are outstanding.  Completely charming and filled with fun-loving cats and engaging humans, you are guaranteed to experience a little slice of kitty heaven.

With all the publicity surrounding Tokyo’s famed feline emporiums, it may seem difficult to believe, but since it’s an easy day trip by train from Kyoto (35 minutes) or Tokyo (90 minutes), I encourage you to experience it for yourself!

Lots to Love:  Cats Gallery

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I wasn’t expecting anything elaborate, so when I entered Cats Gallery, I was surprised that it was a contemporary, beautifully decorated space set to a soundtrack of soothing music.

Clean and tidy, there are three rooms to satisfy every cafe need- a lively cat play room with lots of toys and climbing equipment, a quiet side room, and a sitting room with a long table and window where you can enjoy a beverage and observe the cats surveying the outdoors.

There are 18 cats in residence and the majority were in the play room, where I spent most of my time.  With a playful atmosphere, my visit to Cats Gallery was one of the most pleasurable outings I’ve had in a cat cafe, mostly due to the variety of adorable kitties that were extremely social and active.  The environment is no accident as the owner, a delightful woman (first photo above), clearly enjoys what she does and despite limited English, engaged with visitors and encouraged interaction with the cats by bringing them over and demonstrating how they liked to dive into paper bags or hop up on backs.

The entrance fee is Y1000 ($8.84 USD) for one hour and does not include drinks which are your typical Japanese cat cafe vending machine variety.  One hour goes by very quickly when you are having this much fun!

Cats Gallery, with fantastic felines, an enjoyable space and a customer service oriented staff, is an outstanding cat cafe and while it’s worth the trip to Nagoya alone, consider there are three additional high quality cat cafes to make the decision even easier.

For complete cafe information, click here.

Beautiful Babes:  Cat Street

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Don’t judge a book by its cover.

I’ve heard this advice hundreds of times, but I still do it.  Even though I know the exterior of cat cafes can be very deceiving, I was a bit apprehensive when approaching Cat Street.  The building is in need of a facelift, but is bustling and full of businesses including Cat Street on the fourth floor.

In reception area, I removed my shoes and sanitized my hands while the friendly hostess gave me a run down of the house rules before leading me through the double doors.  Once inside, I was immediately smitten.

First, the big, open space is brand new and beautifully designed.  The teal carpets, white and tan leather couches and dark wood tables make for an appealing combination.  The cat equipment is thoughtfully and tastefully incorporated so that it enhances vs. cluttering the space.

There are fourteen cats in residence at Cat Street and they are gorgeous!  Breeds include Rag Doll, British Shorthair, Russian Blue, Maine Coon and even a Munchkin.  Beautiful babies to be sure, and these divas know it.  They are curious and playful, but not exactly keen on being petted.  It mattered not to me as I was thrilled just to sit and bask in their good looks.  Eventually I was rewarded as three sweet kitties decided to hang out near me.

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For Y700 ($6.19 USD), you get 30 minutes and unlimited free drinks in the separate kitchen area.  The quality was above average for a Japanese cat cafe.

With excellent atmosphere and so many handsome, social kitties, a visit to Cat Street (and the city of Nagoya) is definitely worth the effort.

For complete cafe information, click here.

Stay & Play:  Neko Manma

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Neko Manma is more cat than cafe and designed for maximum kitty interaction.  If your aim is to play with cats, this is the cat cafe for you!

The location is a bit far from the center and I took the Sakuradori (red) metro line from Nagoya station to Gokiso station, where I walked the remaining few blocks through a pleasant residential neighborhood.  I entered the lobby area and was greeted by the friendly staff who did not speak English, but made me feel welcome even though they were a bit surprised to see me since this location is definitely a destination and not a walk-by impulse decision.

I paid the fee of Y1296 ($11.46 USD), which included unlimited drinks, took off my shoes and headed upstairs.  There are two rooms to choose from, as males are separated from females, with approximately 10-12 felines in each space.  The owner understands what cats like because the rooms have quite a bit of cat equipment including plenty of nooks and hidey-holes, plus soft cat beds.  Everything seemed very clean and fresh.

The kitties were either chosen for their personalities or just plain love life because they were all quite social and engaging.  I was having so much fun playing with them, especially the black long-haired beauty (what a flirt!), that I almost forgot to take photos!

The drink station is well-appointed with real mugs and lots to choices.  It’s definitely a step above the typical vending machines you see in most Japanese cat cafes.

Overall, Neko Manma delivers a wonderful experience with lovely cats, a nice facility, decent coffee and friendly staff which ranks it highly, especially when compared to many of the cafes in Tokyo.

For complete cafe information, click here.

Cute & Cozy:  Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi

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Of the four we visited, Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi was probably the most standard.  It sits on the second floor of a nondescript office building on busy Sakura Dori street about a 25 minute walk from Nagoya rail station.

When I entered the cafe however, I was warmly welcomed by the friendly host which set the tone for a lovely visit.  After I changed into slippers and washed my hands, I stepped inside the cat area and was immediately charmed by the bright and cheerful surroundings and calming lullaby music.  The set up is geared towards the cats with plenty of beds, toys and climbing equipment, but still enough tables and chairs for humans to be comfortable too.

There were 17 cats in residence the day I visited, a variety of short and long-haired cuties with friendly personalities.  I was able to interact with many of the kitties, but a few were definitely not keen on being petted!  There was also a mama cat and five tiny kittens in a cage, which was spacious and comfy, but still a bit distressing considering the cries and meows coming from inside it.  Due to the language barrier, I wasn’t able to determine why they were there, but suspect they are in the cage to protect them from the other cats.

For Y700 ($6.19), you get 30 minutes entrance into the cafe which includes free hot/cold drinks and biscuits.  I liked how the the drink station is in a separate room from the cats, although it is quite small and does not have seating.  You can make your beverage in the mini-kitchen, but need to drink it in the main room.

Overall, I had a nice time visiting Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi.  The fresh, clean environment, friendly staff and abundance of cats provides a nice break from touring the city, although I do feel the other three Nagoya cat cafes offer a slight edge in terms of space, atmosphere and the ‘fun’ factor.

For complete cafe information, click here.

The Neighbor’s Cat is a comprehensive global cat cafe website with first-hand reviews, an up-to-date location directory and extensive photo gallery.  On a quest to visit every cat cafe (126 in 23 countries so far!) in the world, The Neighbor’s Cat can help you find the perfect cafe to complement your travels. 

Review of Kyoto’s Best Cat Cafes

After the frenetic, high-energy chaos that is Tokyo, most visitors find Kyoto, with its abundance of green spaces and temples, a calming and serene change of pace, .

This zen-like atmosphere even extends to its cat cafes.

The Neighbor’s Cat visited six Kyoto cat cafes in June, 2017, but will profile the four best.  If interested, there are two additional cafes (with less-than-stellar reviews) if you want to read about them here and here.

Cat Apartment Coffee

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Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.  Even my reviews– sometimes you just need to see things for yourself.

I was concerned what awaited me at Cat Apartment Coffee when I saw several angry one star reviews online, with most of the ire was directed at the ‘no touching the cats’ policy.

Deciding to keep an open mind, I arrived a few minutes before the café’s noon opening time.  Inside the courtyard, it was like walking into another world– set in a Japanese garden, it was peacefully serene.

When I entered the house, it was even better.  I was blown away by the fusion of modern and traditional Japanese interiors.  The downstairs is the coffee bar and I loved the minimal, open design featuring stunning dark wood floors.  Upstairs, where the cats meet visitors, the space is enhanced with several customary elements such as shoji screens, low tables and tatami mats.  The whole space is incredibly special- beautiful, immaculately clean and authentic.

The owner was very friendly and we talked about the rules while she showed me a seat.  She explained that the policy about not touching the cats was implemented to prevent the cats from becoming skittish and avoiding people, which in my experience is a common issue with popular cat cafes- there are too many people trying to touch the cats. She noted that if a cat climbed on you, this wasn’t a problem, just to avoid picking them up.  Sufficiently apprised, I placed my order for an iced latte and turned my attention the kitties.

Whatever she is doing is working, because all of her cats were incredibly curious and social.  By not having people chase after them constantly, they all easily approach visitors.  My favorites included a regal Russian Blue named Roy and the sweet, expressive Latte, a Siamese mix.

After playing for a bit, I sat with my iced latte and was thrilled at how delicious it tasted.  The coffee shop downstairs clearly isn’t for show, they know what they are doing.  For an extra Y300 ($2.72 USD) you can add a drink to your entrance fee or Y600 ($5.44 USD) for a drink and piece of cake.  The quality here makes the prices a bargain.

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It was the fastest hour I’ve spent in a cat cafe.  It wasn’t the cheapest, but Cat Apartment Coffee is one of the most memorable and far and away the best experience of the 120 cat cafes I’ve visited so far in my travels.

Click here for the full review and cafe details.

Cat Cafe Nekokaigi

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Think a shelter-supported cat cafe can’t provide a quality cafe experience?  Cat Cafe Nekokaigi is here to prove you wrong.

Oftentimes, such cafes do an superb job on the cat side, but lack high standards in the facility or beverage department.  With Nekokaigi there is no compromise– you get all the warm feels AND an excellent cafe experience.

The space is fantastic- large, clean and fresh with the perfect balance of beds/equipment for the cats and comfortable seating for humans.  The atmosphere was relaxing and I was really impressed at how nice it was.

Then, I met the lovely ladies behind the desk.  First, they were very kind and made me feel welcome by seating me, taking my drink order (I had an iced tea) and then giving me some information about the cats, including why the cat in the orange tub has a towel on his head?  Answer:  because Japanese people do the same when going to Onsen, Japanese baths.  They went out of their way to cater to their guests, but it was clear they love the cats first and foremost.

I can see why, as they truly stole my heart.  All of them had been homeless at some point, yet here they were, twelve beautiful felines living happy lives.  Most were the picture of health, except for one poor baby with cancer that was in a special bed with a note asking that she be petted very gently.

Located on the second floor of a building on busy Oike Dori street (between Tozai line stops Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae and Karasuma line Karasuma-oike station), the price of admission is a very reasonable Y900 ($8.16 USD) for one hour with drinks extra, but also well-priced at Y200-300 ($1.81-$2.72 USD) each.

Cat Cafe Nekokaigi is an incredible value for all the warm and fuzzy that awaits you.

Click here for complete cafe details and more photos.

Neko Cafe Time

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Cute is such an overused word, especially in the world of cat cafes, but it is truly the best way to describe Neko Cafe Time.

With the sweetest owner and thirteen cats that have personality to spare, it’s hard not to fall in love.  The kitties are mostly rescues and you can tell how much she loves them with how their bios are presented- from ‘Store Manager’ Bob to ‘Red Beans’ Azuki, each cat has a story and learning their character quirks makes observing them even more fun!

The space is on the small side, but is very clean and well organized with a free drink or ice cream included in your Y700 entrance fee (30 minutes).  One thing that stood out to me was the level of engagement for patrons, like a wall poster where you can mark your favorite cat with a sticker.

Located next to famed Fushimi Inari shrine, visiting Neko Cafe Time is an enjoyable and inexpensive treat when in Kyoto.

For more photos and full cafe details, click here.

Cat’s Eye

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It’s the unexpected that makes life exciting.  Like coming across a cat cafe that wasn’t on your radar.

It happened while I was on my way to another Kyoto cat cafe.  About a five minute walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi station on Marutamachi street (across from Imperial Palace Park), I saw the sandwich board on the sidewalk that said ‘Cat’s Eye Kyoto’.  When opportunity presents itself, one should always say ‘yes’, so I abandoned my current plan and walked in.

One of the kindest people I met during my visit to Japan (which is something considering how nice everyone is here) greeted me at the door in English (arigato!) and after taking my Y1000 fee and order for a coffee (included in the price), she showed me to the cat room.

I found the space to be very clean and pleasantly comfortable albeit simple and no-frills, however I didn’t have much time to contemplate the cafe’s interior as the cats came out to play almost immediately.

Cat’s Eye resident felines are rescues and the focus of the cafe is adoption.  There were eight sweet fluff balls the day I visited including two adorable kittens that were particularly playful, but all of the cats were well-socialized and friendly.

The cat-loving owner served my coffee (in a real mug with a biscuit, a step above what you normally find in Japan) and spoke at length about the cats, encouraging me to interact with them.  It was just the two of us during my visit and it was lovely.  We talked about cats, travel and more- the hour went by very quickly.

Cat’s Eye is not your typical over-the-top Japanese cat cafe experience, but you are seeking a quieter place with plenty of kitty snuggles on offer I encourage you to visit Cat’s Eye and support the good work they are doing.

For more photos and complete cafe details, click here.

The Neighbor’s Cat is a comprehensive global cat cafe resource with first-hand reviews, the most current locations and an extensive photo gallery of the cutest cats on the planet.  On a quest to visit every cat cafe (120 in 22 countries so far) in the world, The Neighbor’s Cat can help you find the perfect cafe to complement your travels.