One of the things I was most excited to try out in the ROK was a cat cafe. Korea is home to all sorts of cafes – cats, dogs, even sheep! Some friends had been to one in Daegu, but didn’t recommend it. Keeping that in mind, I looked up a nice one in Seoul and Andy and I went back in December.
The name of the cafe is 고양이 다락방 (Goyangi Darakbang, or Cat Attic) and it’s in Gangnam. Apparently this particular establishment is a chain so there may be a location near you.
|Cats have free range|
There are a few reasons I recommend Cat Attic:
- no cat smell
- the cats were obviously well cared for
- the staff was really friendly
- the drinks were really yummy
If you’ve never been to a cat cafe, this is how it works. First, you take off your shoes and wash your hands. Then you order a drink – it is a cafe after all! The price of the drink is all you have to pay. There are cats wandering all over the place. Occasionally a staff member may place a blanket on your lap – and subsequently a cat! Sometimes they gave us treats to feed the cats, but you weren’t supposed to bring any food from outside. One nice woman gave me a piece of cooked chicken, and the cats went insane.
Cat Cafes are a uniquely Asian phenomenon, so view it as a cultural experience. If you miss Fluffy at home, this is a great way to get over that void. And if it’s Fido you miss, check out a Dog Cafe – there’s one in Daegu that actually has both!