Mac & Mac Pick: The Austrian Cat Café

By WEEK Producer

May 14, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM CDT

Welcome to Cafe Nico, the cat cafe allows customers to purchase time with a friendly feline, as well as teas and coffee.

Customers can stroke and interact with feline hosts who all came from an animal shelter and now freely roam about the cafe...or sometimes just take naps on the floor.

The venue was the brainchild of Vienna residents Alexander Thuer and his wife, Takako Ishimitsu, originally from Nagoya, Japan, where cat cafes are an established trend.

The 50-seat cafe has been an instant hit with locals and tourists alike possibly because dogs are allowed in many Vienese cafes, except this one.