Hidden deep within a meandering maze of boutique shops and restaurants in Seoul’s busiest shopping district, the Myeongdong Cat Café is a place where people can go to enjoy a coffee or tea, while playing with a wide variety of adorable kitties.
The café houses about 40 cats, from more than 10 different breeds, that all roam freely alongside café-goers. If you are a cat lover but are unable to have a cat as a pet or don’t want the responsibility of caring for one at home, then this is the place for you.
Upon entering the café on the fourth floor, visitors are asked to kindly remove their shoes, put on slippers, pay a door fee, and to refrain from overfeeding the kitties. Inside, the café looks like a cat’s playground filled with toys, cushions, and cardboard houses.
There are all sorts of cats roaming around the café: Burmese cats, orange Tabby cats, black cats, playful cats, little kittens, shy anti-social cats, sleeping cats, cats wearing costumes, and fat cats. Which kind is your favorite?
The most popular cat at the café is a rarely seen, hairless breed, called the Sphynx cat. For many visitors, this is usually the first time they will have ever encountered this kind of unique cat. Bald, wrinkled, and a bit fat, this highly social cat draws a lot of attention wherever she goes.
After a busy day of shopping or a Korean BBQ dinner in Myeongdong, be sure to head straight over to the cat café for a relaxing time playing with some cute kitties. But if the cats aren’t enough to satisfy your needs, Seoul is also home to a number of dog cafés, sheep cafés, and raccoon cafés. Amazing!