How do you feel about sharing your dining space with a few feline friends?

Cafe Neko

I’m more of a dog person than a cat person, but this news is just plain awesome.

A cat cafe has recently opened in Vienna, Austria, where customers can have food and drinks while playing with their feline friends.

The Cafe Neko (“Neko” meaning “cat” in Japanese) was the brainchild of Takako Ishimitsu, a 47-year-old woman who originally hails from Nagoya, Japan, where cat cafes are common.

“Showing unknown Japanese concepts is good for Austria,” Ishimitsu said. “I had various ideas, and the cat cafe project was the least difficult to realize. And at the same time, I can do something good for the Vienna animal shelter which I have been supporting for years.”

The establishment, which has 50 seats, has been an instant hit with locals and tourists alike.