1926 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, United States


The Cheshire Grin Cat Cafe

coffee - cats - culture


Enjoy a cup of coffee while petting a cat! CLICK HERE To Make An Appointment

Please note: We do not take owner surrenders and only work with rescues

About Us

Welcome to The Cheshire Grin Cat Cafe!


The Cheshire Grin is like a regular cafe, except that it is full of  free-roaming cats! These cafe cats are in an interactive space where they eat, sleep and play. Guests can come in and enjoy a piece of cake or coffee while enjoying the restorative environment. The Cheshire Grin is a cafe where you can play with adoptable cats! We sell coffee, drinks and delicious baked goods. All of the cats you see at our space are adoptable! If you are interested in  adopting, all potential adopters must fill out an application  with that cat's specific rescue and have a conversation with a staff member prior to adopting. 

Benefits of a Cat Cafe


Think of The Cheshire Grin as a giant foster house for amazing adoptable cats waiting for their forever homes. The environment of the café gives the cats a chance to feel at home while they get used to interacting with many different people.

Potential  adopters will be able to interact and learn more about the cats' personalities. As staff and volunteers learn about each cats' needs and personalities, we can match them with their puuurfect adopter.

For Rescues: We are willing to foster any adult friendly cat(s) that have been FIV/FELV tested, neutered, and fully vaccinated to be an indoor cat. We are here to help you make some space in your shelter! Please contact us for more info. and thank you for rescuing cats!

Hello! About Kateri and Paul


We realize that there are a lot of dog rescues in the St. Louis area,  but not as many cat rescues. While rescues are rescuing and T.N.R.-ing cats from the streets, we realized that the shelter environment isn’t the best for them to express their true personalities. Many sheltered cats tend to show signs of being stressed and scared instead of friendly and approachable. This situation doesn’t allow them to show off their true personalities. We have both worked in the shelter setting for many years and we take that experience into account in our cafe design. Our kitties purr, talk, play and even snuggle. We want adopters to come in and see how friendly are cats are! Cats open up and show their true colors when they have strangers to impress. The cafe also allows us to see how they interact and play with other cats when they have space to run and play. We feel that all cats deserve a chance to be loved. We want to show you that all cats can be affectionate companions in the right scenario!

Meet SOME OF the Cat's who live at the Cheshire Grin



Dash is a 2 year old male who loves attention! If he sees your lap empty, get ready for him jump into it. He will nose bump your face and give kisses. If you are interested in Dash fill out an adoption application here!



Sigourney is a 3 year old male. He is a very curious kitty. So much, that he will follow you around seeing what you are up too! Or, maybe following you for a scratch behind the ear. He is quite friendly and loves to play! Fill out an adoption application here!



She is a 4 year old female who is a chatter box! If you talk to her she will respond, with many many mews. She is a small kitty. You will have to meet her in person to see how tiny and adorable she is. Fill out an adoption application here!



Sheep seeking Shepherd. Sheep is a 2 year old female who follows you where ever you go. She is a little cat with a huge personality. Sheep also loves to get your attention with her small mews. Fill out an application here!



Mr. Whisker Biscuit AKA Whiskey, is one of two residential cats who live in the cafe. He can be a little shy around new people, but with some soft encouragement, you might become his new friend!



Yuki is the second resident and she takes pride in knowing she is the ruler of the cafe. One of her favorite places to hang out is on the second floor banisters around the cat walk!



What do we do to ensure the cats' well being?

Cats are our number 1 priority. Aside from building a cat-ified space that allows the cats  to interact with guests on their own terms, we also look after their  health and wellness. We have a set of rules we ask our guests to follow  in order to ensure the best possible experience for our guests and cats.  We keep an eye on our cats to make sure that they're thriving in our environment. Those cats who show any sign of unhappiness are put into foster care until a more suitable arrangement is found.

Where do you get your cats from?

The Cheshire Grin works with local rescues in the St. Louis area. We do not take owner surrenders and work only through rescues.

Can I bring my own cat to the cafe?

No. The cats in  The Cheshire Grin are already acclimated into the café setting. Think about when you bring your cat to the vet, and how stressful that can be. Bringing your cat to a cafe may be fun for you, but probably not for your cat. For this reason, we  don’t want adopted cats in our café.

Can I book a private event?

Yes!!! If you are  interested in hosting a private event, the Cheshire Grin can help accommodate. This will make your wedding shower, graduation party or any occasion stand out from the rest! Please fill in the contact form with all of your details including the date and event type. We allow up to 30 guests at our private events.

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Please note: We do not take owner surrenders and only work with rescues