At this time of year, coffee shops are packed and bars are filled with visitors and locals alike. Sometimes it's nice to find hidden spots so you're not around the business of all the popular hangouts. You need to head to the most purrrfect cafe that is located right outside of Chapel Hill's campus for a one-of-a-kind experience. This adorable cat cafe in North Carolina triples as a coffee shop and bar.
Cat Tales Cat Cafe in Chapel Hill, North Carolina opened just in February of this year and has been a hot spot ever since. This is a place where you can cuddle up with adoptable cats while sipping on a few cocktails or a specialty coffee.
This is the first of its kind in the state, but these spots have been popular in Georgia and Florida as well, so it's sure to be a hit here too. There are 12 cats that call this place their temporary home and hope to find their permanent one (maybe with you when you visit).
The cat cafe is a free-roaming lounge for the furry creatures, which lets them be themselves and not be so timid when visitors come in. Even if you're not looking to adopt, the human interaction helps the cats become more lovable.
Cat Tales has partnered with The Goathouse Refuge, "who has cared for thousands of cats since 2007." Every time a cat finds their furrever home, another one comes in to have their chance at love.
The cafe and the cat lounge are separated by a glass wall, so even those who are not too keen on free-roaming cats can enjoy them from afar. There is coffee, soft drinks, teas, assorted beer and even wine.
You can make a reservation for one of three experiences: Cat Lounge Visit, Paws and Pose Cat Yoga or Zen in the Cat Den. The lounge visit and the zen reservations each are an hour and the yoga is 90 minutes.
The Zen in the Cat Den might be the most intriguing selection out of the three. You'll be able to have a complete quiet hour to study, to meditate and to even take a cat nap (LOL).
You have to sign a waiver before you enter into the lounge, but once you've done that, you're ready for all the kitty cuddles!
Cat Tales Cat Cafe
Address: 431 W Franklin Street, Suite 210, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to sip on cocktails or coffee while playing with free-roaming cuddly cats.