Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunnyne Dog Cafe

After getting my haircut that morning, I met up with some friends on Saturday afternoon in Hongdae (Seoul). The first item on the agenda was visiting Sunnyne Dog Cafe.  Like the cat cafe I went to last fall, this was a cafe filled with dogs freely roaming about! I love dogs, so I've been looking forward to visiting a dog cafe for some time now.

Before we walked in the front door, we were instructed to read a sign that said in broken English "Open gate and sit down on bench". Umm, okay. We weren't sure what to expect after reading that sign, but as soon as we entered the barking ensued. All of the dogs gathered to the gate and we quickly pushed our way through to the first bench and sat down. The dogs calmed down a bit, and then we were shown to our table.

Like other pet cafes in Asia, the "admission fee" is included in the cost of your drink. There were coffees, teas, and juices, and prices ranged from W 6,500-8,000. After ordering, a worker handed our single-page wooden menu to a dog, who then carried the menu away in his mouth. Too cute!

There were dogs of all sizes, including a Great Dane! Have a look:

A few dogs wore diapers for whatever reason, while the rest just peed right on the floor (and the workers quickly cleaned up each time). So hypochondriacs, this might not be somewhere you'd want to go, but I'll certainly go back!

IF YOU GO...

What: Sunnyne Pet Café (써니네 애견카페)
Where: 16, Yanghwa-ro 18an-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul // 서울특별시 마포구 양화로18안길 16 (동교동)
Metro: Hongik University Station (Line 2), Exit 9 or 5
Hours: 10:00-23:30
Cost: W 6,500 - 8,000 per drink (~$7-8)
Website (Korean): Sunnyne Dog Cafe
Tips: Look for the yellow sign when you're going to Sunnyne. Also, remember it's up on the second floor!
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2 comments:

  1. This is awesome. Have yet to see an actual dog cafe out here. Only cat cafe's which my GF loves. But I am excited to see a dog cafe. I love that picture with the two Korean's studying with the dogs! Next time I go to Hongdae for Pizza I'll probably visit here! Thanks for the tip!
    Scott

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    1. Thanks! A friend recommended this place as an alternative to the well-known "Bau House". Although the tables were filled after we were seated, I have to think that Bau House would have been much busier.

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