Located in on Newcastle’s picturesque Quayside, CatPawCino offers a one-of-a-kind experience for cat lovers and coffee aficionados alike. With its prime location overlooking the River Tyne, this popular cat café provides a sanctuary for both its feline residents and guests looking to escape the bustle of city life.
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering CatPawCino is the enchanting garden-themed interior. The space, designed by a local interior designer, offers a relaxing atmosphere that invites you to unwind indoors while feeling connected to the outdoors. With its airy ground floor, the cafe creates a delightful environment for both the cats and customers to enjoy.
At CatPawCino, you’ll be surrounded by the company of eight adorable resident cats, including rare breeds and pedigrees. Each of these cats has been raised by the café’s founder, Sarah Zong, who moved to Newcastle from China and fell in love with the city. After discovering the concept of cat cafés on a trip to her home country, Sarah was inspired to bring this unique experience to Newcastle. Combining her passion for cats and her marketing background, she opened CatPawCino with the help of a local artist and designer.
To ensure the wellbeing of its feline friends, CatPawCino charges an entrance fee of £6 per person for up to an hour. This fee helps cover the cost of veterinary care, food, and entertainment for the cats.
It is recommended to book your visit to CatPawCino in advance, as the café is very popular and fills up quickly. You’ll be welcomed by a friendly cat keeper who will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of interacting with the cats.
Once settled in, you’ll be able to indulge in a delicious selection of food and drinks. Popular favourites include cat-themed cakes, biscuits, soups, and sandwiches. The café also offers a range of hot and cold beverages, with a particular focus on specialty Chinese teas, such as Jasmine, Oolong, Chrysanthemum, and the traditional Bowl Tea from Sarah’s hometown.
CatPawCino is committed to supporting local businesses, sourcing its food and drinks from nearby suppliers like Pumphreys Coffee, Ringtons, and The Pudding Parlour. All food is prepared in a strictly cat-free kitchen, ensuring the highest level of hygiene and safety. As part of its commitment to the community, CatPawCino also donates a percentage of its profits to a local cat charity, further cementing its dedication to cat welfare.
The café’s charming setting and unique concept make it a must-visit destination for any cat lover in the city. But if you’re not keen on spending time with the cats, the café also features a feline-free basement space where you can enjoy food and drinks for takeaway or limited sit-in, as well as browse a delightful gift shop.