Could it be time for an update of Virginia’s iconic tourism campaign, Virginia is for Lovers? We think “Virginia is for Cat Lovers” has a nice ring. With eight Virginia cat cafes, the state has definitely staked a flag on the cat cafe map. In fact, Virginia is now a true cat cafe hub. In under one hundred miles, you can hit at least seven cat cafes. If you shoot up the East coast a little further to Philadelphia… Ok we’re getting carried away by cat cafes. It happens.
Virginia first hit the cat cafe map in 2017, a few quick years after the first U.S. cat cafe opened in California. In July 2017, Catnip Cat Cafe debuted in Norfolk as Virginia’s first cat cafe. Now five years in, Catnip Cat Cafe has the distinction of being Virginia’s longest running cat cafe!
Northern Virginia is well-served by four outstanding cafes, each thoroughly delightful and utterly unique. Catty Corner Cat Cafe in Leesburg (Loudon County) has just celebrated their 1st year anniversary with their 87th cat adoption!
The Chesapeake area is ruled by Kitty Kingdom (you know what they say: Cats Rule! Cups and Claws Cat Cafe in Newport News is the state’s newest cafe, recently dubbed by one reviewer as “the sweetest little place I’ve ever been to!”
2023 brings us Virginia’s newest cat cafe: Aristocat Cafe in the western college town of Harrisonburg. Aristocat Cafe offers a sophisticated menu of fine teas and fabulous felines from the Humane Society of Shenandoah County.