Sunday, 25 October 2015

Cat Cafes - Korea & Japan Edition

When planning my trip to Korea and Japan, visiting a cat cafe was high on my list. I love cats but I'm not quite there in terms of owning one myself. I also love tea and other people not being responsible for cleaning up after said cats so cat cafes rate pretty highly with me. If East Asia is a little far, London and Paris also have cat cafes - both are great fun and will satisfy your feline needs without clocking up the airmiles.

My first stop on my travels was Godabang (Cat Attic) in Myeong-dong in Seoul. I'd read about this on Tom's blog and just happened to pass a sign for one of its branches after I'd been to the Hello Kitty cafe (yes, I'm reliving my finest afternoon writing this). After finding it I made my way to the sixth floor and slightly nervously entered - I've never lived with cats and I'm actually not an "animal person" at all so I'm always a little scared at first.

After swapping my shoes for slippers in the entrance lobby, paying the entrance fee (for which you get a free drink - it worked out the same price as a slightly expensive iced green tea) and dousing my hands with hand sanitiser I took a seat at a table, connected to the free wifi and got friendly with the super cute kitties. There was no time limit on how long I could have stayed - I spent nearly two hours stroking the cats, feeding them cat food from the back of my hand (scratchy tongues!) and playing with cat toys. The owners were friendly and spoke a little English and despite all the other visitors being Korean we managed to communicate via the shared language of kitty cuteness.

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The Cat Attic is on the 6th floor of this block - next to Pizza Hut! 
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"Requirement of Cat"
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Iced green tea and wifi.
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The cat cafe menu - one drink is free as part of the entry fee.
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Cat in a box.
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Teddy bear cat - the yellow necktie indicates a "sensitive cat" that can only be patted on the head.
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Crazy scenes at the Mulberrry sample sale.
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"I woke up like dis."
In Japan, my friend T and I visited Nyantsume in Dontonburi, Osaka. The cafe is clearly sign-posted from the main street in Dontonburi and, again, after swapping shoes for slippers, paying the entrance fee (around £4) and the obligatory hand sanitiser we were given an hour to play with the kitties. A free drink was supposed to be included but it wasn't offered - we did get some chicken pieces though to feed the cats with which were very much enjoyed (by the cats, not us). The staff didn't speak English (as is the case pretty much everywhere I've been in Japan) but all of the rules and signage is in English - Osaka isn't the most touristy of Japanese cities but we got on fine all the same! The hour went by so fast and playing with the cats was the perfect antidote to the (completely amazing and please-take-me-back-there-right-now) craziness of Dontonbori.

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The entrance to Nyantume.
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Cat names and characteristics - Chun
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"What's new for fall?" 
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Cap-nap.
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"Hi. Hello. Hey."
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Hard at work. 
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Little Chun - my favourite cat - the white paw is the cutest! 
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Supercat!
Have you visited a cat cafe?

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9 comments

  1. I am so full of envy right now!

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  2. This literally looks like a dream come true! They're all so cute! x

    Christina Marie - xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Great post ! Yes I visited a cat Cafe once in Tokyo in 2009 ! was fun ! :)

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  4. I can''t imagine anything better than a cat cafe. I need to visit one soon! The cats are all so adorable.

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  5. I've always wanted to visit a cat cafe, they look so much fun! I love your photos! x

    Bethan Likes

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  6. They've just opened a cat cafe in Newcastle and I'd dying to go, they look like so much fun!

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  7. Haha this is so bizarre!! But I'd definitely go to one. I'm more of a dog person but I don't mind cats and love the idea of this.

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  8. OH MY GOD! I've bookmarked these for October :)

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