Wrocław's 1st Cat Cafe, located on Dubois street in the Nadodrze district, is now open.
Simply named 'Kot Cafe', the new venue is Poland's 4th Cat Cafe after Krakow's Kociarnia, Warsaw's Miau Café and Mrau Cafe in Lublin.
The Cat Cafe concept is said to have originated in Taiwan in the late 90s, sparking a trend that would take Japan, and later the whole world, by storm.
Wrocław's Cat Cafe is currently home to 5 resident cats, all of whom come from animal shelters. The cats, who have been named Sępika, Róży, Czarusia, Koszki and Dyzia, were donated by the EBRA Koci Zakątek foundation.
Images of cats predictably dominate the interior, which is to also feature a board with information on cats available for adoption.
The cafe spans 100sq metres and has room for 20 seats. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes are currently available, with smoothies and milkshakes to be added to the menu in due course.
According to one of the cafe's staff, Agnieszka Gurgul, every resident cat is under the constant supervision of a vet. All of the cats are also vaccinated and sterilized. As a result, the cafe have been given the green light to open by Sanepid, the public authority responsible for monitoring the cleanliness of places were food is prepared and served.
Unfortunately for cat owners looking to take their own cats to the cafe, only resident cats are allowed on the premisis for health and safety reasons. The owners of the cafe have also asked customers not to take photos with flash, feed the cats or disturb the cats when sleeping. They also ask that the door to the street be closed at all times.
Despite the fact it has only just opened, Kot Cafe has already generated a whirlwind of buzz. Almost 9,000 people have liked their Facebook page, while 250 people have applied for job vacancies there.
Located on Dubois 25, Kot Cafe is open from 11am-8pm on weekdays and 10am-8pm on weekends.