Animal cafes are popping up in major cities all over the world, to the delight of travelers looking to get their fix of caffeine and cuteness. Featuring cats, dogs, woodland creatures and farm animals, these animal cafes offer unforgettable experiences with the world’s cutest baristas.
Harry Hedgehog Cafe
In Tokyo, the unofficial world capital of cuteness, you could spend all day hopping between the many animal cafes, but one you definitely shouldn’t miss is the Harry Hedgehog Cafe. This small cafe located in the hip Roppongi neighborhood lets visitors play and pose with adorable and prickly little hedgehogs. There’s often a line out the door, but you can make an advance reservation online to avoid waiting.
The hedgehogs are very friendly, though they might be a little sleepy since they’re naturally nocturnal. If you really want to get their attention, splurge on the “hedgehog treats,” small worms that will be sure to pique their interest and get them to pose for a photo.
On the global animal cafe scene, cat cafes dominate — and are becoming increasingly popular throughout the U.S. In New York, you’ll find one of the best and cleanest cat cafes in Chinatown at Meow Parlour. This cafe not only offers plenty of snacks for you and the cats, it also puts on special events like yoga and bingo night. And it has special hours for families with children under 10 when the staff can be extra attentive to the cats and the kids. Best of all, all cats at Meow Parlour are adoptable.
KitTea Cat Cafe
In San Francisco, get your cat-and-coffee fix at KitTea Cat Cafe. This cafe offers two options — one where you can play with the cats (reservations required) and another if you want to watch the playful…