The enchanting Japanese concept that combines food and felines, branches out into various shapes,
sizes and species across the globe
THE Putrina One Cat Cafe, a pop-up concept that recently opened in Manhattan,
New York, for just three days, proved very popular, with people waiting in line for over three hours just to get in. We list popular animal cafes around the world that allow you to sip your cuppa along with some furry friends.
Kitty parties take on a whole new meaning at this new London café in Shoreditch. The cozy English tearoom—named after Lady Dinah, Alice’s cat from Alice in Wonderland—offers coffee and afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes and scones for you and the kitten curled up on your lap. Lauren Pears raised more than $181,000 through a crowd-funding campaign to set up the café and, as of March, has opened its doors to humans and felines both as a place to de-stress and as a rescue home for abandoned cats. Rs. 515 up (approx). Prior reservations required. At Bethnal Green Road. Details: ladydinahs.com
Café Little Zoo, an interactive Japanese café, offers you a taste of the wild in a charming zoo-like setting, replete with iguanas, snakes, falcons, turtles and owls who will dine alongside you as you are served a choice of Indian, Japanese and ‘American’ food. Each table here is equipped with hand sanitisers so you can tuck into your meal in comfort. Rs. 200 upwards (approx). Reservations and walk-ins are accepted. At Chiba, Narashino, Tokyo.
Bau House in Seoul is a dog lovers’ heaven where you can snuggle up to golden retrievers, labradors Beagles and even the sociable Cavalier King Charles at will. Dogs are encouraged to wander freely between tables and make new friends in the interactive atmosphere created. Watch out for the clever ninja-like pooches who are capable of stealing treats from your table. Rs. 200 up (approx). At Mapo-gu. Details: cafe.daum.net/BAUhouse
In Vietnam, Pet Café lets you hang with your choice of animal, from snakes and tarantulas to squirrels and hedgehogs, while you sip on some hot tea. Rats and other rodents are also welcome here and the owner, Nguyen Minh Nghia, even claims that they are as friendly as in Ratatouille! Customers sit at small bamboo tables, order a hot drink or juice and interact with animals — something Nghia thinks will help people overcome their fears.
At Hanoi. Details: 0466556699