Los Angeles is ready for a cat cafe. It was clear two years ago when the temporary Catfe pop-up in Chinatown was mobbed for the entirety of its four-day lifespan that the city’s feline faithful would line up for a space that allowed them to engage in heavy petting while they sipped delicious brews. After all, LA already has a doggo cafe, where patrons can swing through to pick up coffee cups or rescue pups. Now, Crumbs & Whiskers on Melrose Avenue allows for cat lovers to do the same.Like their first location in Washington DC, the LA Crumbs partners with a local shelter—in this case Karma Rescue—to provide in-need cats a temporary home in between when they’re rescued and adopted. The cats chosen for the cafe are sociable and do well with people. On my visit, I could see that the cats were comfortable and very happy while they played with toys and bounced off the cat-friendly furniture. Setting up a trip to Crumbs is simple but requires a bit of advanced planning. You make a reservation online and pay a fee of $22 per person, which buys a whole 75 minutes of cat time—during which you can play with, take photos of, pet, or even talk to any of the cats that strike your fancy. Spaces are booked pretty fast, especially on weekends. When you arrive, you can purchase drinks from a menu of espresso beverages, iced coffee, and teas—proceeds from drink sales go toward taking care of the cats. In LA, Crumbs is partnered with Open Space just a few blocks away—orders are made there and delivered. Crumbs is set up in a way that encourages interaction—a little nook with soft, fluffy pillows encourages floor-sitting and cat and human mingling. At any given time, there are about 15–20 cats roaming about. While some may be resting or sleeping, an ample selection of toys ensures general energetic cuddliness. If you happen to fall in love with a cat on your visit to Crumbs, you can adopt it through Karma Rescue. So far, there have already been 26 adoptions in LA, and 182 total including those at the DC location. Whichever side of the country you’re on, a new family member is just a cafe trip away.Crumbs & Whiskers is located at 7924 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Tatiana Ernst, who lives in Los Angeles, is a staff writer for Sprudge. Read more Tatiana Ernst in Sprudge.
From One Cat-Lover to Another Wondering about the woman behind this cl-awesome concept (sorry, we had to)? Singh is a self-proclaimed animal-lover who came up with the idea for Crumbs and Whiskers after visiting a similar cat cafe in Thailand (cat cafes have been popular in Asia since the late 90s). She was 24 at the time and searching for something that would give her life meaning: As it turned out, cat cafes were it. By the end of 2015 she had opened Crumbs and Whiskers in Washington D.C., with Los Angeles next on her list. TO which we say, thank you meow-y much!
The feline-focused world has been waiting rather impatiently for Los Angeles’s first-ever cat cafe to arrive. The good news is, they won’t have to suffer much longer. According to the inbound company Crumbs & Whiskers, which opened their first cat cafe iteration in Washington D.C. a little while back, LA’s own version will arrive by September 30 nearby the corner of Melrose and Fairfax Avenues.
Los Angeles is ready for a cat cafe. It was clear two years ago when the temporary Catfe pop-up in Chinatown was mobbed for the entirety of its four-day lifespan that the city’s feline faithful would line up for a space that allowed them to engage in heavy petting while they sipped delicious brews. After all, LA already has a doggo cafe, where patrons can swing through to pick up coffee cups or rescue pups. Now, Crumbs & Whiskers on Melrose Avenue allows for cat lovers to do the same.
We’ve endured teases of a cat café coming to LA for what feels like an eternity—in cat years, at least. There was a short-lived “catfé” pop-up in 2014, but since then we’ve yet to see a coffee shop with cat cuddling on the menu (though there is a full-fledged dog café). That’s about to change, though, thanks to one dedicated cat lady from D.C.
Animals cafes are particularly popular in other parts of the world. They allow guests to buy a coffee or latte and then socialize with cats, dogs, rabbits or even owls. Los Angeles already has a Dog Cafe and there have been efforts to get a cat cafe up and running for a while now. We’ve even seen a few pop-ups. Now, it’s finally happening.
Kitty-loving kiddos will be in cat-cuddling heaven at Los Angeles’ first cat cafe, now open on Melrose Avenue in Mid-City. It’s aptly called Crumbs and Whiskers, and it’s a place where available shelter cats can freely mingle with coffee (and hot chocolate)-drinkers. Sound like a purr-fect outing? Read on to find out more:
“You are going to an environment where the cat is comfortable, so you really see the cat’s personality,” Singh said. “You know, ‘This is a sassy cat,’ or, ‘This is a cat that never runs out of energy.’ What happens as a result is that people aren’t surprised by the personalities of their cats, so they’re not returning the cat.”
“The short version is, I was traveling in Thailand and had met these people on the road who saw that I was sharing every meal with stray dogs and cats,” Signh says. “They picked up that I really loved animals, and so on my last day in Thailand, which was also my 24th birthday, they decided to take me to a cat cafe. I didn’t know what it was, and I went in there, and I remember thinking, ‘This is amazing, why have I never heard of this before?’ I told that I was going to go home, quit my job, and start a cat cafe. And then I actually did it.”
At Crumbs & Whiskers, they will partner with a nearby cafe. Guests will be able to order from a menu, and then a runner will go retrieve the items and bring them back to the cat cafe. Singh says they’re not sure yet who that partner will be, but to expect typical coffee shop fare including coffee, lattes, “cattucinos,” chai, teas and some sweets. They won’t serve any savory dishes as the cats would be inclined to steal a bite, however, they will sell a limited amount of cat treats to guests who want some help gathering up a group of furry friends.
If you love hanging out with cats as much as I do (impossible), then you’ll be very excited to learn that D.C.-based cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers is coming to Los Angeles. They’ve secured 7924 Melrose Avenue, just west of Fairfax, as the location, and plan to open sometime in the fall of this year.
Though pricing may vary in L.A., the D.C. cafe sells 75 minutes of cat time for $15, so expect prices here to be somewhat similar. And as for the decor, Singh says to imagine cat lady chic, “like your really cool girlfriend who is really into cat’s apartment.”
Cat House Rules Go ahead and cuddle a kitty; you’re allowed. You’re also allowed to lay down on the floor with them, dangle stuffed mice in the air above them, give them cat treats or catnip (available for $2.75 at the front desk) — or just sit back with your drink of choice and marvel at their cat-ness. Just make sure you or your kids don’t try to pick them up; that can stress out the cats, and you don’t want anyone to get scratched or bitten. Cats are screened for good temperament, but they’re cats, after all; they’ve got moods.
If you’ve visited the Dog Cafe, then you know that you enter the cafe side, get your beverage, and then enter a completely separate area to play with the dogs and puppies. This is because the L.A. Health Department requires the animals not be in the same room where food is prepared.
Although it’s called a “cafe,” health regulations don’t allow food or drinks to be prepared in the same place as the cats. If customers wish to order a coffee or tea drink or a snack, it will be delivered by Crumbs and Whisker’s partner cafe called Open Space.
Now, as for actually getting in to the cat cafe. There’s going to be a couple of weeks of working out the kinks with some limited events and soft opening hours, beginning September 15. Those are mostly for invite-only guests, though Crumbs & Whiskers owner Kanchan Singh says they’ll be doing a few special online contests to allow winners in to pet and sip their way to nirvana. You’ll also be able to purchase some limited-time tickets to get in early, with an online sale happening September 7 for tickets running $200.