In Seoul there are several places called “Cat Cafes.” No they don’t serve cat. It’s a place where you buy a drink and get to hang out with cats. It’s like the dog cafe I wrote about a few months age. We found a place in Gangnam that was a great cat cafe. The peach tea was really good and everything was better priced than the dog cafe. You pay 8,000 won (about 8 bucks) for a drink and you get to chill with the cool cats. If you want to order another drink then it’s only 3,000. They have kitty treats that only cost 2,000 and all the kitty’s like those. But there is an orange cat that you can’t feed treats too. When you walk in, you have to change your shoes to these little house slippers and use hand sanitizer before entering the cafe. Like the dog cafe there are rules:
You can’t pick up or hugs the cats (gotta love a cat on their terms)
you can’t wake sleeping cats
No outside food for them
No pulling tails or being rough
OH and no flash-photography please!
The place we went to was great, I highly recommend it. It’s right outside Gangnam Station (Line 2) exit 6. As you leave exit 6 you turn left down a little alley and once you reach a small street it’s on the 4th floor of a large building in front of you. There is a 7-11 on the first floor. I also know of cat cafe’s in Myong-dong and Donam-dong.
Today we ventured off to Hongdae (Hongik University) to Bau Haus Dog Cafe. We took Line 6 to Sangsu Station and used Exit 1. You walk around the exit and walked up the street towards the university. (A Paris Baguette should be at your right). Then you walk a little ways and then turned left at the street that right by the 7-11. It’s down that road on the right. You can find good directions on Google Map (and it’s even better if you read Korean!)
The wait was long (like 50 mins) but you can play with the dogs while you wait, and that’s kinda why you go anyway. You can also share a table with some random people and that cuts off on the wait time.
You have to buy one drink once you’re seated (it’s quite over priced but you’re really paying to hang out)They have coffee, tea, soda, juices and shakes. They also have food, but good luck with that. I watched some poor kid try to eat a snack and that didn’t work out in her favor.
You can buy treats for the dogs, which I recommend if you want attention from this four legged folks. Treat bags range from 3,500 won to 7,000 won. Also you have to feed them the treats you can buy there cause some doggies have allergies. I also suggest getting a pair of scissors so you can cut the treats (some are chewy treats and are impossible to cut without scissors)
Anyway we had a great time watching and petting and feeding the dogs. There are two cats there but I didn’t see them, maybe they don’t come out till late night.
I wish there were more places like this in the states. It was so cool.