This blog post was updated on May 28, 2021.

If you’re a fan of cats (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) then you’ve probably noticed the awesome news on social media that today is #InternationalCatDay. YES, a day to honor our feline friends all around the world. And what better way to do just that than by visiting a cat cafe?

“What’s a cat a cafe?” an uninformed dog person may ask. Well, it’s just like any other cafe or coffee shop, except it features some (and even occasionally quite a lot of) resident fur friends to allow cats and cat lovers a place to connect, sip some lattes (or milk), and strengthen the human-feline bond that’s existed for centuries. The feline-themed bistros have been popping up around the world in recent years. Here are just some of the kitty hangouts, that’ll be “purr-fect” to add to your next trip itinerary.

Cafe Dog & Cats in Taipei, Taiwan

In the Taiwanese culture, cats are considered lucky. This could be one reason why Taipei is the king of cat cafes. Last time we checked, there were more than 50 kitty bistros in Taiwan’s capital city. And if you ask locals where it all started, they’ll point you to Cafe Dog & Cats. This coffee shop was originally called Cat Flower Garden when it first opened in 1998. Since then, it has also become home to one dog (hence the name change). In addition to the Golden Retriever, you’ll find about 10 cats roaming the premises. Buy a few kitty treats from the barista and they’ll be crawling all over you in no time.

Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California

Given the fondness that Americans have for their pets, it’s no surprise that the cat cafe craze has spread to the states. In 2014, Cat Town Cafe became the USA’s first permanent feline bistro, and the Oakland destination remains a popular hangout in the Bay Area. Owners Adam Myatt and Ann Dunn turned the inside of their shop into a massive kitty play area that quite literally looks like a cat town. In addition to cat trees and shelves, there are also climbing areas that look like buildings. If you see a feline you like, you may be able to take him or her home. Cat Town Cafe also acts as an adoption center.

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London, United Kingdom

Cat lovers will need to head to London to partake in this kitty cafe. With two levels that feature sofas, bookcases, and feline playgrounds, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium has plenty of space for everyone to stretch out. Be sure to make a reservation before your visit. Between the tasty cakes and the cat yoga classes, Lady Dinah’s tends to get busy. Once you enter, you’ll find a relaxing space with 12 cats led by the kitty matriarch, Mue.

Cat Cafe Kyariko Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan

Like Taipei, cat lovers visiting Tokyo can get their fill of feline companionship at any one of the city’s many cat cafes. For those who feel especially deprived, nothing beats Cat Cafe Kyariko Shinjuku. This coffee shop has a whopping 50 cats on site. Even if your dream is to be covered with furry friends, you may want to take an antihistamine before visiting this bistro. First-time visitors may have difficulty finding this cafe, which is located in a slim, six-story building. But once you get some kitty love, the search will be worth it.

Le Café des Chats in Paris, France

Unlike most cat cafes, which generally charge an hourly fee, Le Café des Chats in Paris is more like a restaurant that features felines as an extra. The focus on food means that guests can enjoy a great menu of Parisian delights while making some kitty friends. If you want to be especially popular with the 12 cats at this trendy Marais eatery, offer up a few nibbles of your croissant sandwich.

Which of these adorable cat cafes would you like to visit? Let us know in the comments!

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