The Cat Cafes of Eastern Europe & the Baltics: Part I

As a traveler, I have found Europe to be amongst the best places in the world to visit. All the things we travel for: history, culture and food abound and simply wandering its streets makes one feel so enlightened and positively civilized.

As a budget traveler, however, Europe presents a challenge. Such refinement comes at a cost and makes Europe, especially Western Europe an expensive destination. Eastern Europe and the Baltics offer all of the charm, plus better affordability.

This includes the cat cafes.

The Five Best Cat Cafes of Taipei

Taiwan has long been a destination for cat lovers, ever since the first cat café, Cat Flower Garden (now called Café Dogs & Cats), opened its doors in Taipei in 1998.  Since then, the trend has swept across Japan with the rest of the world recently catching on. 

The country has remained a steady presence on the cat café scene with plenty of options to get your kitty fix, from traditional cat cafes to regular cafes with a shop cat, and even cafes that feature adoptable felines.

The Cat Cafes of California: Part II

Southern California is famous for many things- the sunny weather, the ocean, Disneyland, Hollywood to name a few. There are drawbacks as well- earthquakes, traffic and high cost of living among them, but seemingly not enough to reduce the appeal.

So Cal is also home to several well-known cat cafes, and since they feature rescue cats available for adoption, it’s all attraction and zero drawback.

The Cat Cafes of California: Part I

California often sets the trends in the US and so it’s not surprising that the first cat cafe started here. California also leads the way when it comes to animal welfare, but I was surprised to learn that the first cat cafe to open in the US also pioneered the socialization technique used in most rescue and adoption focused cat cafes around the world.

The Neighbor’s Cat visited seven cat cafes in May, 2018. Today, we feature four outstanding locations in and near the Bay area- Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco and Napa.