The Burg’s first cat cat cafe, Sunshine Kitty, prepares for 2019 debut

Photo of an adoptable cat with brown fur

The viral videos of cat cafés across the globe have always kept us green with envy until Sunshine Kitty Catfe announced they were opening in the Burg. Is it opening meow? Not quite, but it’s getting close.

On a bright and beautiful Monday morning, Sunshine Kitty Catfe announced their location at 1663 1st Ave S. It’s a two-story Grand Central building only a block away from Tropicana Field. That space, once an art gallery and an executive law office will now serve a dual purpose as a cafe and temporary home for a few adoptable cats from Friends of Strays.

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BIG Dreams and BIG plans to match! ?? . What you're looking at is the future home of St. Pete's first cat cafe! Located in the heart of downtown on 1st Ave South, this 2-story building is a block from #Tropicana Field and surrounded by a ton of construction at the moment.??‍♀️? . We're SO excited to be a part of the funky #GrandCentralDistrict and we can't wait to grow with the rest of our surrounding soon-to-be #neighbors. Once an art gallery (pic #3) turned executive law office (pic #4), this amazing space will now be transformed into a cafe and temporary home for #adoptable #rescue #cats from @friendsofstrays! ????‍??‍?⚖??☕??? . LOTS to be done before we can move in and start sipping coffee and cuddling kitties, but now you can scope it out if you're out and about: you'll find us at 1663 First Avenue South ??? Tell us what you think of our new digs! #sunshinekittycatfe #stpetesfirstcatcafe #dtsp #grandcentraldistrict #stpetefl

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What is a catfe? It’s a small cafe where customers can watch and play with cats. This concept is especially enticing because Sunshine Kitty Catfe has partnered with Friends of Strays, which means all of the cats at the cafe will be up for adoption.

So it’s a bit of therapy for the customers and an initiative to help homeless kitties in the Tampa Bay area.

Basically, this cat cafe means cuddles with cats, good coffee and a slew of tasty pastries. We’re here for all three. You can follow the IndieGoGo campaign in the embedded post below.


Posted by Sunshine Kitty Catfe on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Written by Ysanne Taylor

Ysanne Taylor

Ysanne Taylor is the Photo Editor and a contributor for I Love the Burg and That’s So Tampa. She is also the Art Director at She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Arts.