We had a great weekend in Seoul last week, and before I get to the rest, I wanted to dedicate a post to a particular experience–visiting a dog café. You might be asking yourself, what is a dog café? I had never heard of such a thing until we moved to South Korea. Dog or cat cafés are coffee shops with dogs or cats running around the place waiting for some love. Since most Koreans can’t have pets of their own (due to living in small apartments), they can visit a cat or dog café and get their fill of animal love.
I was a little worried about this whole experience because I had read that many animal cafés were not very clean and smelled quite bad. I was also worried about dog hair being in my coffee… eww!!! Thankfully, our friends Ethan and Sandra braved the experience with us!
To be completely honest, it was weird, but it wasn’t bad. Yes, it smelt a bit of dog, but it was clean. Our drinks were also fine… made in a dog-free area and served with lids!
The entrance fee was 8,000 won (a little less than $8.00), and it included any café drink. That might sound a little high, but considering all café drinks in Korea are at least 5 bucks, it wasn’t too bad. We found directions to the dog café (located in Myeongdong) on this blog.
I captured this little video to give you a better picture of what this place was like!
Over all it was great cultural experience! We had a good time, and I’m so thankful my coffee was hair-free! Stay tuned for more of our adventure in Seoul!