Review of Berlin’s Cat Cafes

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Berlin is a fantastic city break destination with enough vibrant neighborhoods, exciting restaurants and cultural activities to keep you busy for months, much less a weekend.

One of it’s best features is that there is truly something for everyone, including three wonderful cat cafes.

Located in the south, east and west ends of town, it may take a bit of travel time to reach them, but that’s part of the adventure, and besides, what does an extra trip on the U-Bahn matter when kitties are involved?

The Neighbor’s Cat visited Berlin’s cat cafes in September, 2017.

Funny Name, Great Place:  Pee Pees Katzencafe

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Pee Pees is well known in cat cafe circles as it was Berlin’s first and of course, the name alone makes it quite memorable.  As such, it has made more than one mainstream media ‘Best Cat Cafes’ list.

I knew I was in the right place when we walked and saw a sleeping cat in a baby push chair.  Navigating through the cute and cozy space, it was crowded being a Saturday afternoon, but we were promptly greeted by the friendly staff who spoke to us in English (Danke Schön!).  We ordered two lattes and split a slice of apple tart, all of which were delicious.

But I was here for the cats, famed residents Pelle and Caruso, rescued as young kittens from the streets of Berlin.  Unfortunately, the presence of small children (sweet little things, but noisy!) quickly scared the cats to the far corners.

Without kitties to pay attention to, I switched my focus to the cafe and enjoyed checking out all the quirky decor as there is quite a bit of it!  All of the patrons seemed to be enjoying themselves and the atmosphere was a happy buzz.

The lack of cats was a major bummer as was the occasional whiff of cat odor (humorous considering the cafe’s moniker), but if I had visited on a less busy weekday, this might have been different.

Overall, Pee Pees genial humans, cheerful atmosphere and excellent foodservice made for a pleasant visit which I encourage you to do when in Berlin!

U-Bahn line U8 (direction Hermannstrasse), exit U Leinestrasse.

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Beeindruckend!:  Zur Mieze Katzenmusikcafe

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There is no better feeling than visiting a top notch cat cafe.

Not only does it make writing the review a pleasure, it more than makes up for the time I spend in the less-than-great places, which luckily, are few and far between.

Zur Mieze, also known as Zur Mieze Katzenmusikcafe has everything going for it– adorable cats, lovely atmosphere, outstanding coffee and caring staff.  All of which rank it among the best in the world.

We popped in on a Sunday afternoon and were greeted with a smile by a kind staff member.  She apologized while explaining that all the empty tables were reserved, but a couple seated nearby indicated they were just about to leave so we waited outside and took some photos of a white cat in the window while they paid their bill.  We truly lucked out!

Inside, we were delighted to discover that the cafe is known for their coffee, specifically five French Press blends, and award-winning cheesecake.  We ordered both, plus a hot chocolate and raspberry torte for €15.50 EUR ($18.51 USD).  I can confirm everything we consumed was very high quality, especially the coffee which puts Zur Mieze in contention for ‘best cat cafe coffee in the world’.

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Order complete, we focused on the cats.  Seven fluff balls, all rescues, call the cafe home.  The menu contained cat biographies with heartbreaking stories about where they were found, but also uplifting details about their personalities, likes and dislikes.  They were an incredibly social bunch, with several cuddling next to patrons (lucky you if Jacky Smoky fancies your lap).

There was a beautiful grand piano in the corner where the weekly concert (hence the katzenmusikcafe name) was set to begin at 5 pm, but never happened due to an issue with the pianist.  It didn’t diminish the enjoyment of the afternoon as the cafe itself is beautiful, classy and completely enjoyable– striking a great balance between modern and cozy.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, Zur Mieze delivers an outstanding experience that won’t leave you disappointed… unless you show up without a reservation.  It may only be Sundays near concert time that a booking is needed, but check in advance to ensure you don’t miss out.

Located near Schloss Charlotteburg, take U-Bahn U7 (direction Rathaus Spandau), exit Richard Wagner Platz.

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A Bit Far, But Close to My Heart:  BaristaCats

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The day we visited BaristaCats the weather was unusually sunny and warm, which mirrored our experience in this wonderful place.

While the location is quite a ways from the city center, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful, brand new facility with a cheery and cozy atmosphere, including a spacious outdoor patio that both humans and cats can access.

Speaking of cats, there are six kitties, all rescues, and quite social and playful, even Muffin, a long-haired sweetie who is still getting used to life off the streets and is a bit shy.  We particularly enjoyed watching Mateo, an energetic ginger and Mokka, a friendly black cat wrestle each other.

Known for specialty drinks, we ordered a ‘Cold Cat’ ice cream concoction and housemade lemonade for €8.40 ($10.00 USD), both of which were beautiful in presentation and taste.  They also serve a variety of snacks and desserts.

The staff are friendly and kind, but more importantly, they are cat lovers who know their charges well and monitor them closely for any signs of distress.

Overall, BaristaCats exceeds expectations in all departments and is well worth the effort to get there. Compared to Pee Pees and Zur Mieze, BaristaCats is somewhat outside the city core, but there are a couple of ways to get there via public transit.

Going there, we chose to take the S5 (S-Bahn) for the great views of the main tourist areas through central Berlin, then made a change at Ostkreuz for the S-75, exited at Hohenschonhausen and then walked the remaining distance, which is just under a mile.  For our ride back, we took the M4 tram (Hansastrasse stop) all the way back into town which is more direct and only a quarter mile walk down Malchower from the cafe.

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The Five Best Cat Cafes in Seoul, South Korea

IMG_6392Seoul is a vast geographical metropolis and exciting travel destination with much to see and do.

From pop culture trendsetting Gangnam to shopping hotspot Myeongdong to the arts and entertainment haven Hongdae, this fast-paced city guarantees you won’t be bored.

With so much territory to cover, sitting down for regular breaks will be necessary, but why just pick any old coffee shop when you can enjoy your brew in the company of cats?

The Neighbor’s Cat recently visited all eleven of Seoul’s cat cafes with five standing out as among the best.

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4REST NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT CAFE & SHOWROOM

We found this cat cafe quite by accident which is a happy coincidence because it turned out to be one of the best.

I’ve seen a lot of cats in my travels.  Well over 1000 at last count, but these fur babies are among the most gorgeous I have ever laid eyes on– and they know it!

The cafe is home to ten adults and four kittens, all Norwegian Forest Cats.  I’m a big fan of cat cafes that serve rescue cats as the vibe is usually sweet and heartwarming but this pinnacle of pedigree was actually quite uplifting.

The cafe itself is also handsome- sleek and spare, but nicely complemented by warm wood and rustic furniture.  The quirky collections featured around the room keep it unique and interesting, as if you could possibly be bored in this Mount Olympus of feline gods and goddesses.  They flirted and swished around for two hours before we finally dragged ourselves away.

The coffee, served by the friendly cat-loving owner, was the best we had in Seoul, and they also serve decadent desserts, so seeing as the cats aren’t the only indulgence here, go ahead and splurge.  Once you arrive in this Hongdae neighborhood gem, I predict you will be here for many hours and need the sustenance.

Complete cafe details here.

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CAT CAFE ATTIC CAT

Out of all the cat cafes in Myeongdong, this one is probably the most popular.

And for good reason, it does cafe as well as it does cat.

I love cats and I also love coffee.  While the sweet fur babies should always come first, I also appreciate a great cafe experience and feel a cat cafe should deliver on the bare minimum of what a cafe is:  a comfortable place for conversation and a cup of coffee.

Cat Attic does just that.  With colorful yet cozy nooks and decent lattes to attract coffee addicts plus a trove of social kitties to satisfy cat lovers, it strikes the perfect balance of cat and cafe.

We visited on a busy day in Myeongdong and found it without issue, which was nice since most of our cat cafe locating in Seoul proved to be difficult.  What I noticed right away was how much the owner and her husband know and love these cats.  They spent a great deal of time offering information on who likes a scratch behind the ears and who likes to hop up on your back.  Between delivering drinks, wiping down surfaces and monitoring the needs of humans and felines, I was impressed at their devotion… and multi-tasking!

Unlike the images you might associate with an attic, this cafe was bright, clean and extremely pleasant with elegant wood and slate decor, and pops of color.  Most importantly, the kitties seemed healthy and well-cared for.

When visiting Myeongdong (via Metro Euljiro 1/Line 2 or Myeong-dong/Line 4), I highly recommend popping in to this 3rd floor feline emporium.

PS.  The location in Gangnam is also top-notch!

Complete cafe details here.

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TABLE A CAT CAFE I

(146 WAUSAN-RO LOCATION)

Could cats and raccoons be the ideal combination?

Of the three Table A cafes we visited, this one was far and away the best, and while the raccoons definitely added a certain mystique, they were not the main reason I liked it so much.  Spacious, sunny, clean, great drinks and full of mischievous kitties, this is a delightful cat cafe.

Seoul has a few animal cafes (puppy, owl and sheep, to name a few), but I had to do a double take when I saw the picture of a raccoon on the door.  After we ordered our drinks (two hot teas for 10,500 SKW/$9.22 USD), but otherwise no entrance fee), I made my way downstairs where three raccoons played on a larger version of a hamster wheel behind a secure area away from the cats.  To be sure, they were super cute, and while it’s an interesting gimmick, it didn’t seem like a happy existence for the raccoons, unfortunately.

Back upstairs, the atmosphere was cheerful, with plenty of cozy corners and comfortable seating that attract a decent sit-down business of both locals and tourists to complement the brisk take-away service fueling Seoul’s rabid coffee culture.  But the cats are the stars here, a variety of Bengals, Scottish Folds, Exotics, Persians and Maine Coons that, while not excessively affectionate, are reasonably sociable.  The staff were friendly and tea was good quality.

Located near Hongik University metro (Line 2), this Table A location is a great place to wile away a summer afternoon.

Complete cafe details here. 

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CAT PLAYGROUND

The first time we visited, they weren’t open, which is strange as Google shows them to open every day.

We returned to this busy Myeongdong location (via Metro Euljiro 1/Line 2 or Myeong-dong/Line 4) two days later and discovered the reason- a major remodeling project.

Cat Playground is investing in their future with a fresh, colorful and quirky atmosphere.  With 30+ adorable cats, ranging from Norwegian Forest to American Shorthair to Persian and even a Sphinx, it’s one fun cafe to hang out.

It was on the crowded side the day we visited, but after being welcomed by the friendly staff, we managed to snag a table where we sipped our iced teas while several cats came to investigate our presence.  Most were incredibly social and playful, but a few ran to the protection of the off-limits section under construction to escape the cuddle seekers.

There are several cat cafes to choose from in this neighborhood, but I found Cat Playground stands out for offering a clean, odor-free atmosphere and happy (albeit some quite overweight) kitties.

Complete cafe details here.

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Y CAT

Formerly known as Gio, Y Cat Cafe is difficult to find, but worth the persistence.

I had seen three variations of the address including 12-6 Wausan-ro 21-gil, which is where we originally set our GPS.  It was not the correct location, but it did get us close enough to see the sign on Hongik-ro.

Located near Hapjeong metro (Line 2 & 6) on the 3rd floor, we each paid a 9000 KRW ($7.82) fee, washed our hands and exchanged our shoes for slippers.  Once inside, we ordered a couple of lattes (included in the entrance fee) from one of the perfunctory, yet pleasant staff, and sat down at one of the many tables around the room.  While we sipped our drinks we noticed the cafe is incredibly spacious and well appointed for both humans and cats.  I particularly enjoyed seeing all the cardboard cat beds which were occupied by snoozing kitties, including two sweet gray babies posing as yin and yang.

Speaking of cats, there were a whopping 37 on hand, from Somali to Maine Coon to Russian Blue to Exotic to American Shorthair, and I was concerned it might be too many for the space, but the cats seemed relaxed.  We visited shortly after the cafe’s noon opening and while most were sleeping, the cats that were awake were incredibly friendly- we had two cuties on our laps within minutes- and the rest posed for pictures like seasoned models.

We had the place to ourselves for most of the hour we spent there, only having to share the kitties with a two young college students and a French couple.

My only nitpick is that while the staff work hard to keep the cafe clean, there is a hint of urine odor, but overall, Y Cat Cafe has a fun atmosphere and loads of furry felines to ensure a happy visit.

Complete cafe details here.

A visit to the Orlando Cat Cafe

Hi everyone,

Our friends from 4cats recently went to the Orlando cat cafe and were so kind and took some lovely photos of the resident cats for all of us.

We are a big fan of cafes like this one in Orlando that promote cat re-homing through the possibility of adopting the resident cats.

Please find the whole story from 4cats below:

Hi everyone,

Earlier this year we were on a business trip to Orlando and while there decided to also checkout the local cat cafe!

And we brought them an extra special present, some of our new and upcoming premium toys selection! : D

We wouldn’t want to be the person / at that tries to take the toy of this little fella… The looks most definitely say “this is mine and I shall NOT EVER part with it!”

We thought that this black and white chap was especially adorable! And he got super lucky as he got to try out our new premium rustling cushion AND our new premium cuddly cushion. 🙂

Ginger cats will always have a very special place for us here at 4cats so plenty of pics had to be taken. 😉

One of the best parts of the Orlando cat cafe is that most of the cats are available for adoption to find their forever home! This type of cafe certainly seems to be a lovely improvement to the older rescue centers with limited space for the cats until they find their forever home.

The cafe didn’t just feature furniture for the humans but also the very important environmental enrichment for the resident cats! Plus this little one decided that the backpack looked tasty haha!

So if you are in Orlando and need a few hours of tranquility with cats away from the crazy Theme Parks why not check out this fantastic cafe on the outskirts of Orlando? More details about the Orlando Cat Cafe can be found here. Bookings are strongly recommended as only a limited amount of people can enter the cafe each hour to ensure the cat safety. The cost is $8 per hour, per person which in comparison to other cat cafes we’ve been to is excellent value for money!

This post first appeared on the 4cats Blog.

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Thanks,

Marc

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