The cat cafe trend has been booming in Asia for a couple of decades, and it’s gained momentum in North America over the past few years. Now, the city of Atlanta has a feline-friendly coffee shop of its own: Java Cats Cafe officially opened at 415 Memorial Drive SE, Suite C, in Grant Park on Monday.
For anyone unfamiliar with the cat cafe concept, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Patrons can visit Java Cats for a coffee drink or light bite, and if they so choose, they can spend some time with a fuzzy, four-legged pal. Java Cats has a cat lounge that is separate from the cafe proper (the health department isn’t wild about mixing food and beverages with live animals), and interested parties can make reservations for an hour of time with the little fur balls. Owner Hadyn Hilton is partnering with no-kill shelter Paws Atlanta, and she plans to regularly foster up to 20 cats at her business. All are adoptable on site.
Java Cats sources its caffeinated beverages from Downtown’s Ebrik Coffee Room, and The Gathering, part of a non-profit organization that offers homeless individuals a path to success through training in the culinary arts, provides prepared food items. The cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Get a peek inside Java Cats on opening day via the photos below.