Fur Real!

Now here’s an interesting twist on things. The Meow Parlour in Lower Manhattan is the perfect place if you need a quick pick me up cup of tea or a perfectly purring cat, which could ultimately result in a much needed cat adoption.

Sound complicated…not quite. Cat Cafes started in Asia in the 90’s, due to small apartment sizes and landlords that didn’t allow pets in residences. Soon there will be four in NYC, with the original being the Meow Parlour.

It’s a safe haven for felines and their fanciers a like. Since it’s opening in December 2014, 50 cats have been adopted in conjunction with Kitty Kind, an all volunteer, no kill rescue group.

Despite the name “Cat Cafe,” coffee, tea and delicious macaroons are served around the corner on Ludlow Street at the Meow Parlour Patisserie. You know how those feisty folk at the NYC Health Department can be.

The venue also recently made headlines, of the positive kind, offering yoga classes.

I would love to open something similar here in San Francisco, but with dogs instead of cats up for adoption.  Someone nicely pointed out to me that I’d be heading towards doggie pandemonium if I did so.

la,la,la,la,la,la…I’ll just tuck the idea away for another day!

Meow Parlour, 46 Hester Street (between Essex and Ludlow) open noon to 8pm, closed Wednesdays. $5 for a half hour visit. Reservations recommended at meowparlour.com. Also, bring along a pair of socks, since all shoes and coats are checked in at the door.

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  • Lisa
    March 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Love it!! Bea and I visited a dog and cat cafe in Bangkok. The small dogs and cats were wandering all over a grassy area, while diners enjoyed a beer or a meal at surrounding tables!! Very peaceful.
    Most amusing- but we opted out and headed for Jim Thompson’s instead and AC!

  • Anonymous
    March 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I would love to do one for dogs with u!! Have we found our next thing?? xoxo, Leesa

  • Jennifer @ The Champagne Supernova
    March 22, 2016 at 12:44 am

    I love love love this idea! A big cat fan myself, I would be stoked if they opened one of these places where I live in Tampa. Cheers!

  • Jennifer
    March 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    As it turns out there’s one here in San Francisco too, which I didn’t know about. Hopefully there will open one in Tampa soon.

  • Jennifer
    March 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Did the dogs and cats get along? I love the concept of enjoying a beer and a meal surrounded by animals. When I ever make it to Bangkok, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!