Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)
I went to Myeongdong (명동) few times when I was in South Korea. However, my motives of each visit to Myeongdong were different. On this one particular hot day, I went there to go to a cat cafe. Initially, I wanted to go to another cat cafe. I had the name and address ready but I still got lost while looking for the cafe. So, I decided to go to Myeongdong Cat Cafe instead, as its mascot was more than happy to escort me to the cat cafe.
Tip: You need to sanitize your hands before entering the cat cafe. Use the hand sanitizer provided by the cafe.
The one time entrance fee for Myeongdong Cat Cafe was KRW 7,000 and by paying the entrance fee, you were entitled for a free cup of beverage. I chose orange juice because I did not really like the other options that they had. There is no time limit so one can stay as long as they want provided they do not go out from the premise. As far as I can remember, I stayed for quite a long time. 5 to 6 hours, perhaps? I know, crazy long, right? It was all because most of the cats were sleeping during the first three hours, so I need to wait for them to wake up.
This cat sat close to me during the whole time. Now that I think about it, it must be because I sat at his/her favourite spot.
Oh, you also will be given a big plastic bag so that you can put all your personal belongings like your bag in the plastic bag. I think it is for hygienic purpose and to prevent the cats from scratching your personal belongings. The cat above actually jumped into my plastic bag and sniffed my backpack and handbag. I feel bad for her/him because there was nothing edible in my bags. #sispunkebulur
Tip: I personally do not recommend ordering snacks and desserts as cat hair is everywhere. Unless you are okay with somewhat compromised hygiene, you should be okay with your free beverage. After all, you come to play with the cats, not to eat snacks and desserts, no?
Some of the cats.
Myeongdong Cat Cafe had cats from various breeds. I can't really pinpoint each breed as I am illiterate in this aspect, but trust me, almost all of them were cute. I said almost because they had sphynx cats which I did not find cute at all. Though I did not find sphynx cats cute at all, I still found them interesting. Each to their own, no?
Most probably the cutest cat that I saw at Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)
Anyway, as I mentioned before, I spent about 5 or 6 hours here because most of the cats were sleeping during the first three hours. I spent half of the time waiting and playing with my phones while hoping the cats will be up soon. Everything was so calm when most of the cats were sleeping but it became a lil bit chaotic once they all woke up. I actually laughed like crazy when I saw how hectic it was when the cats were up. Thank god, there were not many humans when I was there. Can't imagine how crazy and cramp it will be if there are a lot of humans and cats in one space.
All in all, it was such a nice me time for me. It was a well spent lazy and hot day. I got to spend the time by myself and playing with those cute cats (okay, more like to staring at those cute cats and being judged by them).
Tip: Use the lint roller provided by the cafe to get rid of the cat hair before you leave the cafe. You don't want your clothes to be full with cat hair for the rest of the day especially if you are going to eat at a restaurant next.