Feline Good at Cafe Meow

Cafe Meow opened February 16th… no kitten

Illustrator: Morgan Wittmers Graves

A few weeks ago, the Cafe Meow opened its doors to all coffee and cat lovers alike. This unique cafe features a coffee shop serving a variety of (fairly overpriced) drinks and snacks—and a cat lounge next door where customers can interact with a few furry friends. Separating the two areas is a wall with huge windows, giving the customers an opportunity to watch the cats play while sipping their tasty beverage.

The coffee shop portion of the cafe was pretty overwhelming in the sense that it was very crowded, loud, and hectic. There was no method to the madness of furniture placement, so people were constantly weaving around chairs and tables to get where they needed to go. The drinks themselves were tasty (my roommate tried the peach tea and loved it) but again, overpriced. There is artwork on the walls that is up for sale, although I don’t know too many people who would buy a painting done by a cat. Granted, there are some paintings created by actual humans, but that cat is clearly trying to make a name for himself. He even left his signature paw print on more than one canvas. Since this place just recently opened, I understand why it was so chaotic. While it is not a place to study and do homework, the atmosphere is great for catching up with friends over a cup of coffee.

If you want to actually go in the lounge where the kitty cats are, you have to pay $10, and then you have an hour to pet the cats to your heart’s content. When I went into the lounge, there seemed to be a lot more people than cats at first. However, once people dispersed around the room, there was a little bit more space to walk around and find a cat. I discovered Mittens, a very chill black and white cat who loved to be pet, so I spent the majority of my time stroking his soft ears. While I was sitting there, petting Mittens, I couldn’t help but notice all the people on the other side of the window looking in. It was a little weird sitting inside the lounge area and being able to see all the people observe me as I pet the cats… I sort of felt like I was in some hidden psychology experiment. However, being able to cuddle with Mittens was a comforting and pawsitive experience.

The staff there was very helpful and offered up information on how the cats typically behaved, what their names were, and how long they’ve been at Cafe Meow. They also had additional information posted up on the wall, offering an in-depth biography for each cat in case anyone is interested in adopting one. Since their opening, there have already been two cats, White Sox and Nani, who have both found a new home to live in with a loving family.

Overall, the Cafe Meow did not disappoint. If you plan on going there, I would recommend reserving a time (which you can do online) to visit with the cats, so you don’t have to worry about getting a spot. While you wait, the coffee shop provides a great area to socialize with friends while enjoying a sweet treat or drink. Spending time with the cats is extremely relaxing and can turn any bad day into a good one. Located on Hennepin Avenue, which is only a short ten-minute drive from campus, Cafe Meow offers a lively place to take a break from daily stressors and hang out. I’m not kitten when I say that Cafe Meow is the purrfect way to spend your Caturday.

Link to cat lounge reservations: https://thecafemeow.com/reservations/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thecafemeow/

Cafe Meow website: https://thecafemeow.com/