It’s very likely that you’ve already heard of cat cafes, with more and more popping up across Europe. Although these might be a relatively new thing for us, animal cafes were a craze that originated in Taiwan in 1998, and swiftly became popular in Japan by the early 2000’s.
Perfect for those of us who live in rented or small accommodation, cat cafes can offer visitors relaxing cuddles with furry friends even though we can’t have one ourselves.
The cafe that popularised the idea in the U.K. was Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium situated in the our hipster capital: Shoreditch, London. As with everything though, Berlin tends do things better, and Pee Pee’s Katzencafe in Neuköln is a perfect example. Tucked away between Karl-Marx-Straße and Hermannstraße, Pee Pee’s is one of the most calming places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.
Often places like this stir concerns over animal welfare, but here you can tell that two resident cats are truly comfortable. On every table visitors can read a charming story (albeit in German, but Matty translated it for me) of Pelle and Caruso.
As kittens in 2013 they were abandoned on the street in a cardboard box. Soon after they were adopted by the owner of the cafe who calls herself the “tin opener” in the story (adorable). Caruso is the bigger of the two and was named after Enrico Caruso because he can “sing so well”. The smaller brother is Pelle and is rather shy. They both now live in the cafe where the owner can be found at the back sewing them cat beds and little bandannas to wear with their names on.
While Pee Pee’s has significantly fewer cats than other places, this is only a good thing. Cats prefer to stalk their territory alone or with others they are related to, and can become very agitated by the presence of too many other cats. Another bonus is that unlike Lady Dinah’s you don’t have to book a 90 minute slot.
Now, while I love coffee, I almost always pass up a cafetiere brew in favour of an instant with lots of a sugar. Matty on the other hand is a true coffee lover, so it is very rare that we both enjoy the same type of coffee.
We weren’t sure what we wanted so we both ordered a Milchkaffee (they even came in adorable cat mugs) and it was possibly one of the tastiest drinks we have ever had!
The seats are comfy, each one with a handmade cushion, and decor is just adorable. The atmosphere is chilled and the service is super friendly. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to do some work (there is free Wifi!), relax or just enjoy a cup of coffee, I would totally recommend checking out Pee Pee’s Katzencafe!
Tuesday to Friday
11 to 19 pm
Saturdays and Sundays
12 to 19
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