Seoul Day 4: Must try themed cafes in Myeondong

Myeongdong is one of the most popular tourist destination in Seoul. Known as the shopping district, it is booming with various major departments stores, restaurants, themed cafes, cosmetic shops and of course street foods.

On our second night in Seoul, we visited Myeongdong night market and tried various street food while strolling the street. Here are our recommendations on Must try street food in Myeongdong.

On our fourth day, after our visit at NSeoul Tower , we decided to stop by in Myeongdong and tried other streetfoods and visited themed cafes available in the area.

 

HOW TO GET TO MYEONGDONG STREETFOOD MARKET

From Myeongdong Subway Line 4, depart to exit 6 or exit 8.

Upon subway exit is the vast amount of food cart stalls selling various Korean streetfoods, boutiques with latest fashion trends, popular cosmetic stores with a lot of discounted items (calling all kikays out there!) and freebies, bunch of cute souvenirs , bright lights on each stores and flock of local and foreign tourists roaming around the district.

Mr Cat waiting for tourists outside Myeongdong subway
Mr Dog waiting for visitors outside Myeongdong subway

On our first visit in Myeongdong (on our 2nd night), we found this 2 cuties standing on the center aisle of the street. They really caught our attention as they are wearing life-size dog and cat costumes! Actually this a marketing ad for a dog and cat café in Myeondong. Approach them if you want to visit the café and they are more willing to send you on their exact café place.

But when we get there on our fourth day, we didn’t find either of this 2 on the subway exit, so we just google map’d site their and luckily we stumbled on another themed café in Myedongdong – Hello Kitty Cafe!

 

3 UNIQUE THEMED CAFES IN MYEONGDONG

Map Guide from Myeongdong subway to themed cafes in Myeongdong

LEGEND:
1. Myeongdong Subway Line 4 Exit 6
2. Gaene Dog Cafe
3. Hello Kitty Cafe (STORE ALREADY CLOSED!)
4. Godabang Cat Cafe

FIRST STOP: GAENE DOG CAFE
Gaene Dog Cafe in Myeongdong

Our first stop, Gaene Dog Cafe. The shop is located on the 4th floor of a building in front of Savoy Hotel. The entrance fee comes with a single drink of your choice (just limited and mostly ice tea) and unlimited hours of staying inside the café. Obviously, this is an indoor café with herd of dogs of all sizes so expect funky smell and dog hairs everywhere. Having said all of this I think that after all the walks and tour we have done on the morning, staying on a place doing nothing and just observing or petting dogs even though most of them are just sleeping is still the best stress reliever and best way to end the night. Also, even though this is a café and you’ve paid entrance fee, you still need to practice caution and to avoid annoying the dogs.

The night we visited the café, there are a lot of tourists inside. The first thing we’ve noticed are people sitting on the aisle while staffs where entertaining, hugging and cuddling some of the dogs. Also, most of the dogs specially the small ones were sleeping on the visitor’s lap which I found really cute.

 ADDRESS: 46, Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu | 4fSeoul 04536, South Korea
 OPERATING HOURS: 1:30pm to 9:30pm

SECOND STOP: HELLO KITTY CAFE
Hello Kitty Cafe in Myeongdong

We were supposed to go to a cat café next, but along the way we’ve found this another irresistible cute spot – Hello Kitty café! The store is located on the first floor area of a building near Doll Kiss cosmetics. It’s not difficult to find because there are gigantic billboard and signage. Upon entrance, you will greeted by a gigantic kitty stuff toy enclosed on a glass frame. They offer mostly drink, light snack and mostly cake and dessert. They also have this real-life plastic food replica display on the counter to give you a preview of what’s on the plate. Hello Kitty merchandise are also available on their wall cabinets. Hot drinks are designed with cocoa powder with Hello Kitty image on top (too cute, I don’t want to consume at first).

 STORE ALREADY CLOSED!

 

THIRD STOP: GODABANG CAT CAFE
Godang Cat Cafe in Myeongdong

And our last café for the night, Godabang Cat Cafe. If you’ve seen Mr. Cat – the one whose wearing a life-size cat costume on the exit of Myeongdong subway – approach them and ‘it’ will be more happy to assist you to this café. The café’s location is a bit sketchy; luckily with the help of google map and establishment signage, we were able to find it! Compared to the dog café which we’ve visited first, the cat cafe has fewer people and less smelly. The entrance comes with a free drink and unlimited play with the cats inside as well. We’ve been to different dog/cat cafe’s here in Manila and same setup you don’t pick which pet you wanna spend time with, they were the one’s whose gonna choose you. Obviously, cats were doing their favorite business – which is to sleep all day! Though, there are a few snobby cats who pass by to our table and a few who actually played with us.

 ADDRESS:  3F, 37-14, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04536, South Korea
 OPERATING HOURS:  1:00pm to 10:00pm

One thing that I’ve noticed in Korea is how they loved local coffee. Please notice that in every corner, there are atleast one local coffee shop available (I’m talking about non-mainstream café here). If you’re already tired strolling and shopping in Myeongdong, hang out and relax on one of the cafes available there.

 

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