How About a Critter with Your Coffee? Pet Cafes Around the World
Tokyo's hedgehog cafe, Harry, opened last February in the Roppongi District of Tokyo, according to Reuters. "All of these hedgehogs are friendly even though some of them might spike you," said Anna Cheung, an 11-year-old who travelled there all the way from the U.K.
CANINES, COFFEE & CUDDLES
The first of its kind in the United States, The Dog Cafe, proved what all dogs have known for years: food and fur babies go really well together. The Dog Cafe has a great goal, too: to reinvent dog adoption, creating a new way for people to connect with potential pets while also giving dogs a more relaxed environment to find forever homes.
LET'S HAVE A PIGNIC
The Kayabukiya Tavern – a "sake-house" restaurant in Utsunomiya, Japan – employs a troop of monkeys, who help hand out silverware and monkey around with the customers while dressed as waiters. In one YouTube video, the monkeys can be seen performing tricks.
WHAT A HOOT
Shaken, stirred – or feathered? A pop-up cocktail bar in London is giving Brits an unlikely pairing: Sipping adult drinks while petting a live owl. Annie the Owl opens in the Soho neighborhood from March 19-25 and will, of course, feature an owl named Annie, plus six of her nocturnal friends from The Barn Owl Centre in Gloucestershire, accompanied by a professional falcon trainer.
CAFFEINE RIGHT ME-OW
Taking a cue from fellow cat-lovers across the pond in Japan, California's Cat Town Café opened the first purr-manent feline cafe in the U.S. last year. Anywhere from 6 to 20 adoptable cats roam free in the Cat Zone where there's plenty of room to get to know the kitties, sip drinks and eat cookies.
SOME-BUNNY TO LOVE
Everyday is a hoppy day at Japan's Rabbit Wonderland cafe, one of the country's popular rabbit cafes. Drinks and hare-raising meals like "Classic Rabbit Curry," featuring a rice-shaped bunny on top, are served up along side an adorable cast of bunnies, each of whom you can pet for about $10.