Cat lovers of the state unite! We found some of the cutest cat cafes.

Today, we’re taking a look at the coolest cat cafes in North Carolina. Are you looking to break out of the run-of-the-mill date night ideas? Is your sweetie a cat lover? Want to elevate that coffee meetup to the next level?

Cat cafes in North Carolina could be just the thing! If you haven’t heard of this ultra-cuddly, extra-caffeinated phenomenon, prepare yourself.

I was really curious about the origins of this great idea, so I did some deep diving on the history of feline eateries.

According to “Cat cafes originated in Taiwan, with one opening in Taipei in 1998. The cafe became popular with Japanese tourists as well as local visitors, who enjoyed the opportunity to interact with some furry friends. One of the Japanese tourists took the idea back to Japan, and the first Japanese cat cafe opened its doors in Osaka in 2004. They’ve become very popular in Japan, with Tokyo home to at least 39. Japan as a whole has over 150 cat cafes. Because many apartments in Japan forbid pet ownership, the popularity of the cafes has been attributed to a desire to interact with cats to help relieve the stress of a busy urban life.

Many people attribute the growth of cat cafes to tourists. But step outside the areas where tourists visit, and you’ll see lots of Japanese businessmen happily playing with cats as a way to relax and forget about work for a while.”

Such a simple idea! Some of the cafes are run by rescue organizations, so they run double-duty as kitty adoption centers. That’s a win-win for everyone involved. Be mindful that most of these coffee-fueled catteries strongly encourage making a reservation for the best experience.

We found a bunch of great places in our hunt, but here are six of the coolest cat cafes in North Carolina.

  • Kitten Around Cat Lounge- Carthage, NC

    kitten around states: “Kitten Around Cat Lounge is here to provide a safe and cozy (cage-free) environment for our kitties to be loved and socialized while waiting for their purr-fect forever family. We partner with 4 local rescues to not only provide a unique and fun experience for the community, but also for the cats! ” Not only do the cats look super cute, but the coffee menu is also tempting as well as the baked goodies, sourced from local bakeries! This is an all ages welcome experience, however a waiver is required which can be found on their website. Reservations are not required to enjoy this Moore County cafe, however they are strongly encouraged.
    Contact kitten around for more information:

    [email protected]

    (910) 722-2292

  • Purr Cup Cafe- Raleigh



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    Vegan eats and beverages, plus adorable adoptable cats are what’s on the menu at this Raleigh establishment.  Purr Cup Cafe’s mission statement says ”

    Purr Cup Cafe is a unique and comfortable adoption center where local rescue kitties can thrive and find their forever homes! We are also a welcoming community space for all cat lovers. Whether you adopt or not, a visit to Purr Cup Cafe supports our rescue efforts and makes a difference!

    Stop by anytime to enjoy our cafe offerings to-go, or on our patio.

    We HIGHLY recommend making a reservation if you want to visit the cats. We cannot guarantee you will get to see the cats if you do not have a reservation.

    210 Prospect Avenue Raleigh NC 27603


  • Cat Tales Cat Cafe- Chapel Hill

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    Cat Tales Cat Cafe in Chapel Hill offers a low stress, free roaming environment that lets the kitty kind be themselves and really show off their personalities.
    While you are getting to know the felines, Cat Tales offers amazing coffee, beer and wine options to enjoy.

  • Crooked Tail Cat Cafe- Greensboro & Winston-Salem

    Reservations are strongly encouraged! Make your reservation here.

  • Right Meow Cat Cafe- Fuquay-Varina

    913 S. Main Street

    Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina


    [email protected]

    The menu at Right Meow definitely has my attention, that’s for sure! Boba teas, milk teas, numerous coffee options and luscious looking fruit teas/lemonades are featured along with some seriously cute merchandise!    Be aware that they cafe asks that groups carpool when possible, to save space in the parking area.

  • The Purrfect Pour Cat Cafe- Lincolnton

    145 Vandiver Drive
    Lincolnton, NC 28092

    (704) 240-9930

    Half Cat Lounge, half Coffee Shop! You can stop in for a beverage of your choice and bring your laptop to work, or visit the cats and play (ages 7+ during regular business hours).  Just a heads up, children under age 7 are not permitted for the safety of the cats.  When planning your visit, timing is a consideration.   Generally, the cats are most active early in the day, then tend to nap on and off before becoming lively again in the early evening. We don’t expect them to be continuously active throughout the day, so each visit may offer a unique experience depending on the cats present and the number of guests in the lounge.

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