Did your morning latte come with a side of kittens? We didn’t think so. Skip the Starbucks queue and get in line for the feline-friendly phenomenon of cat cafes. The trend, which first popped up in Asia in the '90s, are the place to unleash your inner cat person in a relaxed, home-like environment. The combination of delicate pastries, comfortable couches, and adorable cats is, dare we say, purrfect. Read on for our top picks in N.Y.C.
1. Meow Parlour
Three words: Yoga. With. Cats. If you ask us, Vinyasa flow coupled with 45 minutes of kitty cool down gives a whole new meaning to namaste. Also check out the delightful array of cookies and macarons from the Meow Parlour Patisserie around the corner. To stay up-to-date with upcoming Yoga & Kitties sessions and other activities, check out the Kazu & Friends fan club.
46 Hester St., meowparlour.com
The Lower East Side Japanese-style cat sanctuary serves sake, beer and wine, and even hosts weekly events that celebrate Japan and everybody's favorite furry felines. In addition to three cat-centric spaces, including an outdoor catio, the cafe boasts an impressive art collection. Shepard Fairey’s Radical Cat is permanently installed here, and there is a rotating display of cat-centric photographs, sculptures, and prints for sale. Not ready to part with your new furry friend? All of the cats are available for adoption.
26 Clinton St., konekonyc.com
3. Little Lions
This feline-friendly lounge is where we imagine Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham would host their glam-squad book club. Schedule an afternoon catnap, an evening story time, or even a movie night at this Soho salon. Got allergies? Check out the attached teahouse for a cat-free view of the action while sampling a selection of small plates, pastries, and teas (the velvet rooibos is a must).
40 Grand St., littlelionsnyc.com