Ah, cat cafés. They’re a ‘thing’ that have become increasingly popular in recent years, with thousands cropping up all over the world. The craze began in Japan about ten years ago. The concept of cat cafés is basically to sit and relax with a cup of tea and a snack, surrounded by purring felines. It’s often said that cats have a calming effect, and we all know that nothing makes everything better like a good brew does. So, my thoughts on the combination? Absolutely genius. So if you’re a cat lover and live in the UK, you’ll know that every major city in the country has one or two cat cafés open for business. On the other hand, if you’re visiting the UK this summer and want the deets of the best UK cat cafes to head to, then look no further. Here’s a round-up of the very best.
Best UK Cat Cafes
Cat Café Manchester
This was Manchester’s first cat cafe to open, and has a superb little family of friendly felines. Open seven days a week, the café hosts events like yoga and movie nights between 7-9pm, perfect for those who need a little downtime with their favourite animals. It costs £12 an hour, which included unlimited kitty time and hot and cold drink refills. A percentage of the café’s sales go to various animal charities, and food such as cakes, muffins and biscuits are served. Trip to Manchester, anyone?
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is probably one of the most well-known and best UK cat cafes in London. Situated in Bethnal Green/Shoreditch, it was the very first cat café to open in London. It was also named after the pet cat in ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Aw. Not only does the café serve delicious food including homemade pies, bagels and scones, but there are always fun events taking place. You can even do yoga and knitting with cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. It includes a cover charge for each guest, provided that the group is below six people. Each customer has a slot in the café for an hour and a half.
Kitty Café, Nottingham
In a fairly central part of the UK (Nottingham) is the family-friendly Kitty Café. This houses rescued and abandoned cats, or those with medical issues that need some tender loving care. Oh, my heart just broke. The café has a range of food options on its menu, including hot food like pizza, pasta and jacket potatoes, plus plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices. Open seven days a week from 10 am until 6 pm, Kitty Café is home to loads of cats.
Mog on the Tyne, Newcastle
Cleverly named after the 1971 Lindisfarne album ‘Fog on the Tyne’, this central cat café houses rescue cats. It works closely with the cat shelter Westgate Ark and the Tyne Veterinary Clinic. Open daily except Mondays, Mog on the Tyne welcomes walk-ins, but booking is recommended. The admission fee is £5 per person. There’s a wide variety of sweet treats on offer, and a cool selection of paninis or ‘pawninis’ to keep hunger at bay. A must-do if visiting Newcastle!