Meow Parlour, New York City’s first cat café which opened less than a month ago, is everything a cat lover has ever dreamt of.
What is a cat café?
Cat cafés originally started in Asia in the 90s and quickly grew popular all over the world…now including New York City. Meow Parlour is a comfortable space filled with tables, chairs, pillows, an endless amount of cat toys, and yes- cats.
The space was created to allow visitors time to interact with cats. Many visitors are self proclaimed cat ladies (and gents) that don’t have the space or time to care for a cat on a full time basis, but cat cafés, like Meow Parlour, allow them a dose of feline fun.
Meow Parlour also attracts guests looking for a new full-time furry friend. All the cats are adoptable. Meow Parlour has teamed up with KittyKind, a NYC based no kill rescue group which provides the cat café with all the adoptable cats. All the cats are extremely friendly, which is a top priority to Christina Ha, the Co-Founder of Meow Parlour.
How does it work?
For now, all visits must be booked via their website, which can be found here. Eventually, they will allow walk-ins, but for now, make sure to keep checking their reservation page for available dates (they’re currently booked until March). It’s $4 per half hour, but you can stay longer and pay the difference on your way out. There’s also free wi-fi and plenty of outlets to charge your phone/computer.
I’m hearing a lot about cats, but what about the café?
Meow Parlour Patisserie is the café located around the corner from Meow Parlour at 34 Ludlow Street. Personally, I’m glad the yummy treats are made in a different space…without a dozen cats roaming around. Visitors are welcome to purchase any food or drink from the patisserie and bring it back to Meow Parlour. Click here for their menu (which includes cat shaped baked goods!)
Open daily (except Wednesdays) from 12-8pm
46 Hester Street