A Purrfect Day: Visiting a Cat Cafe in Seoul

I knew all those years copywriting about animal-related products over at The Animal Rescue Site would come in handy someday…I thought my days of writing “purrfect” were over, but I felt situation that called for busting that little gem back out!

I digress. I don’t know whether it’s the anticipation of my sister coming to visit next week, or just the simple fact that we won’t be seeing “home” for a while (home? What home? I guess outside of Korea we are officially homeless), but lately, I have been a little homesick. I’ve especially been missing being around animals.

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So recently Matt and I decided it was time to visit a cat cafe in Gangnam, Seoul. We’ve heard really mixed reviews about what they were like–some people find them revolting, others adore them. We are both weirdly obsessed with cats, so we had the sneaking suspicion we would be among the adorers.

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We totally were. The thing is, it’s a little less gross if you don’t think of it as a “cafe” per say, but rather a room full of cats to play with where you can also get a drink. Frankly, it wasn’t much different than when I used to volunteer at an all-cat shelter. The place we went to was really clean, and you couldn’t see or smell the litter boxes at all–they were tucked away in another room with just one small cat-door connecting the rooms. The cats were happy, clean and well-cared for, and most were total whores for the cat treats.

Cat cafe rules

Rules of the Cat Cafe

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cat cafe seoul

cat cafe seoul

We paid our entry fee (8,000 won per person), which also got us one “free” drink. I got a peach tea, but abandoned it after a few sips to play with the cats. After leaving it unattended on the table for a while, I decided not to finish it, since the cats roam wherever they want, including on the tables. We also paid about 3,000 won for a bag of cat treats, which was money well spent! We spent a couple of hours feeding the little fatties the treats, snuggling the friendlier ones, and photographing them like crazy. You’re welcome.

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The best part? I saw my first furless cat! Hello, baldy!

hairless cat at cat cafe seoul

hairless cat at cat cafe seoul

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Which cat is your favorite?

To get to the Cat Cafe, take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Gangnam. Take exit 10, and as soon as you exit the subway, take your first left down a small street. At the end of that street take a slight right, and the building is on your left. There is a 7-11 on the ground floor. Go inside and take the elevator up to the 4th floor. Follow the cat signs!

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28 Responses to “A Purrfect Day: Visiting a Cat Cafe in Seoul”

  1. Jillian June 21, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    YES. This is brillant. I want a cat cafe.

    • Andrea June 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Ohhh, business opportunity for us to take on together? I feel this could be really popular in Portland…:)

  2. Jillian June 21, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    *brilliant. just like me obviously…..

  3. Lauren June 21, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    OK. That’s it. I’m going to a cat cafe before I leave Korea. I was also weirdly obsessed with cats all through childhood (OK, still am to some degree) and can’t believe I’ve been here nearly 2 years without visiting one.

    • Andrea June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      I am completely a crazy cat lady, so for me it was a no-brainer! Next up–a dog cafe!

  4. Your Old Man June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    The striped one labeled “kitty collage2″ is incredibly beautiful!
    Catnap it and smuggle it home.

    • Andrea June 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      I also thought that one was one of the prettiest, but alas, it was also the most aloof :) The pudge faced one labeled “Matt’s favorite cat” was the friendliest, and the hairless one was pretty friendly too!

  5. Rachel June 21, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    this place looks like heaven to me.

    • Andrea June 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Right??? America needs to get on board with this for sure!

  6. Rachel June 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Great pictures! I love that green-eyed tabby.

    • Andrea June 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

      I liked that one the best too, at least for photographing :) Unfortunately, that one was the LEAST friendly one. Baldy was pretty friendly though, and most of the squish-faced ones were friendly too.

  7. Daniel McBane June 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I’ve heard about these places, but I’ve never actually been myself. It seems like a great idea though. In the past whenever I felt the need to pet some cats, I’d have to go hang out in a dark alley somewhere. And I had to bring my own drink.

    • Andrea June 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      Haha! That’s how it is in our town too…there are no cat cafes here, just some raggedy strays on the streets. Matt likes to pet them, even though the old Korean ladies look horrified every time!

  8. Lori Finley June 23, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Beautiful green eyes cat! We used to have a Siamese cat. Tons of personality!

  9. Lori Finley June 23, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    I loved the cat with the gorgeous green eyes. We used to have a Siamese cat full of personality!

    • Andrea June 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      That cat was really beautiful, but not especially friendly! :)

  10. Waegook Tom June 27, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    I want to gooooo! I’ve been to Bauhaus in Hongdae, but I’ve not gotten myself to a cat cafe as of yet. Your photos make me really want to go! Alas, my bf isn’t the biggest fan of cats, so getting him to go with me could prove tricky.

    • Andrea June 27, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Haha yah, if you don’t like cats, a small room with twenty of them might not be the most ideal situation ;) However, if you need some animal love, just go by yourself!

  11. Kitten of Doom October 2, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    I am going to Seoul with my sister next week and we are definitely visiting a cat cafe!

    • Andrea October 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      If you’re a cat lover, you will definitely like it! :) Have fun in Seoul!

  12. Gem May 3, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Hi!

    I’ve always wanted to go to a cat cafe (although our house seems like one already since we’re living with 10 cats). Anyway, do you have any idea if this cat cafe is still open? I’ll be in Seoul next week and I want to go there! :D

    • Andrea May 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Wow, ten cats? That’s a lot! The cat cafe is definitely still open, and there are several in different places in the city. It’s an interesting experience for sure :)

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