Y Cat Cafe: SEoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-336-5779
Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 22:00; Sat-Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Entrance Fee: 9000 won plus free drink
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Cat vs Cafe (70/30)
Formerly known as Gio, Y Cat Cafe is difficult to find, but worth the persistence.
I had seen three variations of the address including 12-6 Wausan-ro 21-gil, which is where we originally set our GPS. It was not the correct location, but it did get us close enough to see the sign on Hongik-ro. See photo below.
Located near Hapjeong metro (Line 2 & 6) on the 3rd floor, we each paid a 9000 won ($7.82) fee, washed our hands and exchanged our shoes for slippers. Once inside, we ordered a couple of lattes (included in the entrance fee) from one of the perfunctory, yet pleasant staff, and sat down at one of the many tables around the room. While we sipped our drinks we noticed the cafe is incredibly spacious and well appointed for both humans and cats. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the cardboard cat beds which were occupied by snoozing kitties, including two sweet gray babies posing as yin and yang.
Speaking of cats, there were a whopping 37 on hand, from Somali to Maine Coon to Russian Blue to Exotic to American Shorthair, you are guaranteed to find a favorite. We visited shortly after the cafe's noon opening and while many of the felines were sleeping, the cats that were awake were incredibly sociable- we had two cuties on our laps within minutes- and the rest posed for pictures like seasoned models.
We had the place to ourselves for most of the hour we spent there, only having to share the kitties with a two young college students and a French couple.
My only nitpick is that while the staff work hard to keep the cafe clean, there is a hint of cat odor, but overall, Y Cat Cafe has a fun atmosphere and loads of friendly fur babies to ensure a successful visit.
Date Visited: 5/22/17