Cat World: Beijing, China
Entrance Fee: None
Website / Social Media
Facebook: Not available in China
Instagram: Not available in China
Twitter: Not available in China
Cat vs Cafe (80/20)
Small World: Review of Cat World
If you have been reading my cat cafe reviews for China, you already know that finding them is half the battle. Between constant openings/closings and little to no website/social media presence, I had to spend a lot of time researching locations via the internet, only to strike out most of the time on the street.
So, happening upon Cat World was a delightful surprise.
We were on our way to Coffee Cat on Jiaodaokou North 3rd Alley, and the sun had just set when I saw a sidewalk projection in the waning light.
It was a cat cafe logo.
Gobsmacked, we knocked on the door and a smiling young woman with purple hair opened it. She showed us inside to a table where we ordered green tea for two (40 yuan/$5.80). It was then we looked around noticing it's a small place, run by this hip mom with a young daughter, and filled with eight striking black/silver American Shorthairs.
The daughter had a friend over and the two girls entertained the kitties (and us) using a variety of cat toys. These felines all seemed young, happy and healthy (although some are also quite chubby!) with lots of energy. It was fun, but after a few minutes the intimate atmosphere made us feel a bit awkward. Normally cozy is good, but I couldn't help but feel like I was in the living room of a stranger.
Overall, the friendly owner, lovely cup of tea and beautiful cats more than compensate for the tiny environs, making it a pleasant stop.
A word of caution. This cafe is nowhere to be found on Google, so we have mapped it to the best of our ability. Also, as cat cafes in China fluctuate considerably, it is not out of the realm of possibility that it will not be open in the future. If you are walking the hutongs of Andingmen district, I encourage you to stop by, but don't go out of your way to make it a destination.
PS. I'm not 100% sure the name of this cafe is Cat World, so if you find out differently, please let me know!
Date Visited: 4/26/17