San Francisco has joined the cat café frenzy and opened KitTea this week.

By Jenna Scatena
Updated: January 24, 2017

The era of the cat cafe is official. Like an irresistible meme gone viral, it seems that since the first one opened in Oakland just last October, a new one is opening monthly across the country. This week, it’s San Francisco’s turn, with the christening of KitTea, a Japanese-style teahouse and cat adoption lounge.

This one is the brainchild of a former tech marketing specialist who cites her cats for helping her recover from chronic burnout, and she’s made it her mission to cure other tech-addled urbanites with warm, fuzzy cuteness (and tea). 

Now guests can look for cats in true San Francisco fashion: a sleek trendy cafe that seamlessly blends right into the middle of swanky Hayes Valley, with a well-appointed lounge boasting blonde wood tables, soft globe lighting, and picture windows in a bright white space.

KitTea also lures patrons with high-end treats like matcha cheesecake and hazelnut macarons. Plus, a one-hour reservation ($20) comes with a bottomless pot of organic tea sourced from a small, sustainable farm in Kyoto. If you go, opt for the Hojicha Sun, a copper-toned sencha with a rich sunflower flavor, served in handmade ceramic teacups on thin bamboo trays with an airplant garnish.

Jenna Scatena is on the San Francisco Bay Area beat for Travel + Leisure. You can follow her on Twitter at @Jenna_Scatena and Instagram at @Jenna_Scatena. 

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