On December 15th 2014, Meow Parlor opened its doors for business. It is established as New York City’s first permanent cat cafe, which is basically a coffee shop where people can be social, study or simply have a latte with the company of a bunch of cuddly cats. The very first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998, but soon spread to Japan where it gained much popularity and publicity. Now, it has finally reached the Big Apple.
It was founded by Christina Ha and Emilie Legrand who partnered up with the organization “Kitty Kind” who would supply the cats. All the cats that are featured in the cafe are available for adoption. The cats are available to roam free in the cafe, although they still have a room to rest in. Meow Parlor even offers photo sessions with the fancy felines. People who have been to the cafe for pre-opening events say that it is a very comfortable environment.
The facility offers a full menu and thirty minutes of “kitty time” for $4, in which customers can play, pet and cuddle with these lovable cats. But unfortunately, those interested will have to wait. Meow Parlor is booked up until February.
When told about this recent opening, BSGE students reacted positively. “It sounds like a really cool place to go. I love cats, and even have one of my own so I think that this would be a great thing to try out” says Portia V. ’18. Another BSGE student, Gina G. ’20 commented,“Please please please take me! I’d love to go!” This seems to be a very creative and fun attraction for tourists and locals alike. Based on the recent popularity, it can be assumed that this paw-some cafe will be a long running hit!