Ever have one of those days where you just want to pet some cats? I love Bunny, but sometimes I want to hug a different animal. And that’s where cat cafes come in. I haven’t been to too many cat cafes around Seoul, but I think Tom’s Cafe in Hongdae is one of the more popular ones. The cats are really chill and the staff are friendly too. I’ve gone to cafes where the staff constantly scold customers for doing things wrong, but the staff here are pretty laid back. And the kitties are just adorable.
As soon as you walk in, a staff member comes over and gives you a squeeze of hand sanitizer, so you don’t sicken the cats with your germ-infested hands. Next, you get a quick orientation of the do’s and dont’s for handling the cats. They even have an English translation for foreigners. A few of the cats wear scarves to let people know their temperament or condition. For example, any cats wearing blue scarves are a little more ‘catty’ and might scratch you.
The drinks at cat cafes are definitely more expensive than regular cafes (7,000-8,000 won), but it includes the ‘admission price’. All in all, it’s not a bad deal, and you gotta consider the cost of taking good care of the cats.
The cats here definitely live a happy life. They are well-fed, groomed, and their litterboxes are clean. And they get so much love and attention from visitors. If I were a cat, I reckon this would be the high life.
Anyway, it’s nice to be around some furry creatures, especially in Korea where you might not have enough space for your own animal companion~ It’s not exactly an ideal place for being productive because you’re constantly being distracted by the cute kitties, but it’s a welcomed distraction. :)
Directions to Tom’s Cat Cafe:
Hongik University Station, line 2, exit 9. Walk up the road leading towards Hongdae playground. The cat cafe is across from the Art Box store, on the 3rd floor.
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 358-125 3층
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