Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Dog Cafe

Nope, not a place with dog on the menu, but a place with dogs to pet and play with. I met up Saturday afternoon with Karen in Hongdae (Hongik U. station, Exit 5) then turned left and walked two big blocks, and turned right into the first alley. Maybe the second building on the right. It's 2F and the sign looks likes this:


Usually, I am beloved by dogs and small children, but it took a while before I found a canine friend here. People say dogs' love is unconditional, but this is untrue--snacks help:



There was quite a wait to get a table, but the dogs roam quite freely, and I made a friend who loved having her belly rubbed (who doesn't?):


The "Bau House" offers beverages including coffee, tea, fruit drinks and beer, but not much to eat--except doggie treats! It is family-friendly and several families brought their own pet. Remarkably, there was very little aggressive behavior, and while the place smelled of dog, of course, it was very clean thanks to constant swiffering by the staff.

A big city is a difficult place to own a dog, so this "cafe/hotel" offers dog-lovers an opportunity to commune with their canine side. There were about thirty or so dogs of a wide variety of breeds, from chow to husky to sheltie to lab, some of whom apparently do work in the entertainment industry when they're not being pampered by patrons of the Bau House.


Still, they spend most of their time indoors, so it's no wonder someone wants to go walkies:

7 comments:

Foreigner Joy said...

OOoo if only they had the equivalent of a cat cafe like I went to in Japan. Someday~

The one and only E.P. said...

I love this post! Definitly a place I intend on checking out!

Tuttle said...

I wish I could give you more precise directions. Just follow what I said and keep a sharp eye. If you go more than four buildings into the alley, it's not the right one!

jbergeron said...

Can I bring my dog there to socialize with the other dogs?

Tuttle said...

J, you sure can. I was surprised by the lack of aggressive/territorial behavior when outside dogs were brought in.

Anonymous said...

i was told there is a cat cafe in daegu called "cat tree"

Gloria said...

Foreigner Joy - They *do* have at least 2 cat cafes in Seoul. :) Actually, I enjoyed it better than the one I went to in Tokyo because they actually serve coffee/tea/hot cocoa. Look up GioCat Cafe.