An Afternoon Inside Auckland’s BaristaCats Cafe

An Afternoon Inside Auckland’s BaristaCats Cafe

I have something to tell you all: I love cats. Like, I love them so much that I could shamelessly shout it from a mountaintop. While this wasn’t always the case, it certainly is now. My deep appreciation for the furry aliens came when I first adopted Willow — the greatest cat in the world — in 2009. Before our paths crossed, it’d been clear Willow had led a pretty difficult life. Previously named Percia, the little babe was underweight, covered in mites and totally fearful of her world when I adopted her.

BaristaCats Cafe

Within a short span of time, Willow was able to make vast improvements and quickly adapted to her surroundings and routine. She quickly became a favorite among my peers and her doctors. She remained small and fearless, but grew to be so healthy, strong and affectionate. In fact, I knew I was going to name her Willow from the get-go as Willow trees are known to withstand whatever storm comes their way.

When I adopted sweet Willow, I had no idea what would happen in the years to come that would lead me to a life of travel. Fortunately, a friend of a friend is able to provide a forever home for Willow in Chicago – something I’m grateful for each day. There is nothing more special in the world than someone who has an appreciation to give animals another chance.

And that’s why I love Auckland’s Barista Cats Cafe.

This haven in the heart of Auckland is purrfect for tourists and locals alike. If you’re keen, the employers will show you around and give you some back stories regarding the cats. Many of them have health issues stemming from abuse; others are blind and deaf. Each of the cats are considered “at risk” and have made incredible strides since being placed in the care of the amazing staff.

I will warn you in advance, if you’re interested in spending an afternoon at BaristaCats Cafe, it would be a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation. There is a limitation on how many guests can enter each hour, as the staff don’t want the cats to feel overwhelmed.

The staff members are not only super eager to provide customers with details about each of the house kitties’ personalities, but they’re super enthusiastic in the process. After our quick (but informative tour) we were served our respective teas and were free to chill out.

BaristaCats Cafe

BaristaCats Cafe

BaristaCats Cafe

BaristaCats Cafe

BaristaCats Cafe

All in all, this is a noble and trustworthy business that could definitely use some support. If you’re in the area and wondering what to do in Auckland, this is an excellent option. It’s places like this that create a safe haven for abused and unwanted animals that really make a difference.

The flat white coffee I had was delicious and I don’t even really like coffee! Also, there are vegan and gluten free options for those with food sensitivities or preferences.

Address: 95 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010 (turn toward the Oakley store)

There are too many cats without homes, and I was fortunate enough to find my little nugget a warm and loving forever home. If you’d like to donate to the organization that helped Willow significantly during her initial transition, please pay it forward to Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society

If you're a cat lover like me, you'll love this incredible cat cafe in Auckland. Check it out!

Are you an animal lover? Let me know in the comments below!

This is not a sponsored post. I just really love animals.


  1. December 28, 2016 / 3:58 am

    These cat cafes are popping up all over the world! Such a cool concept, especially for those who can’t travel with their pets.Thanks for the heads up on the reservation. very good to know!

  2. Hra
    December 28, 2016 / 10:54 am

    What a lovely cafe!! Cosy and comfortable!! I haven’t heard about this before! Thanks for sharing with us

  3. December 28, 2016 / 11:13 am

    omg i have heard about these places. So cool to see someone in one. How did you leave and not want to take them all home?

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:16 am

      I always want to take any cat I see. These little nuggets are particularly cute bc some of them are just so lovey!

  4. December 28, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Thanks for highlight this for us – I had no idea Auckland had a baristacat cafe, though we’re heading there in a couple of months and would love to stop by. Will definitely make a reservation. Thanks!

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Glad you found it helpful! It’s definitely worth a visit!

  5. December 28, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    One of the reasons I love CouchSurfing and apartment rentals is when it means I have pets while I’m traveling. This sounds like a great alternative. I get more work done when there are cats 🙂

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:16 am

      I totally agree! They’re such relaxing creatures.

  6. December 29, 2016 / 2:35 am

    This is a totally new trend to me! I’ve never heard of such a place! However having cat allergies this is probably one i’ll miss out on – even if it means missing out on that flat white too! My cat-loving friends will be happy to hear about this though!

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:15 am

      I definitely understand – wouldn’t be an enjoyable experience. There are plenty of other cafes in the area where you can get flat whites sans sneezes and itchy eyes =)

  7. December 29, 2016 / 4:38 am

    I had no idea they had cat cafes outside of Korea. There are a ton here, but I’ve never heard of them other places. I’ve got two at home so I’m pretty catted up and prefer the more quirky tortoise or fun dog cafes here. That hissing booth though. so smart. Love it!

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:14 am

      The first cat cafe in the world opened in Taiwan, actually! I loved the dog cafe in Hongdae, but it was sometimes too energetic (and so much pee everywhere), so I preferred the cat cafes for a rainy day. You’re lucky to have some cats at home =)

  8. December 29, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I have never been to a cat cafe, but I think it’s such a great idea. So many traveling animal lovers need a little feline love. Are the cats in the cafe up for adoption?

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:14 am

      It’s a pretty cool concept! They actually are not up for adoption as the owners of the cafe don’t want the cats to get confused or even worse – abandoned again. They live a good life there!

  9. December 29, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I just love the fact that there are so many cat cafes out there now! I’m also a huge cat lover 🙂 I actually only went to one while in Korea though (when a friend visited) because I just felt so weird about it all lol

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:12 am

      The ones in Korea weren’t generally very clean, but I did go to a few nice ones! This one is lovely.

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