Cafe Culture

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Now that the month is coming to a close and October is at the turn of the corner, the epitome of fall time is being able to spend a warm and cozy day at a cafe. In Seoul, there is literally a cafe for anything and everything. Ever heard of a Dog or Cat cafe? You can literally enjoy a cup of coffee, study away with your books all with the company of a feline friend or a man’s best friend by your side.

The cafe culture in South Korea is pretty big; it’s easy to find a cafe full of students and office workers looking for a place to stop by before heading out for the day. Most of the time, you’ll find students with a cup of coffee by their side with headphone in both ears and their heads buried deep in their textbooks. Studying at a cafe is a norm here as much as it is to have a cup of coffee to catch up with friends or with a date.

Theme cafes are really popular here among tourists and the younger crowd. Namely, places such as Hongdae, Ewha and Sinchon are packed with both chain cafes (Starbucks, TomNToms & Holly’s Coffee etc…) and smaller owned cafes.

Depending on your mood, you can head down to Sinchon and stay at a NY Pizza cafe; as long as you order something off the menu, feel free to stay how long as you want spending on closing hours. So far, I’ve been to TomNToms and spent about 5 to 6 hours there just to finish homework and readings for classes.

I don’t know why but just the atmosphere of cafes is more than enough to make me want to actually do my homework. If you’re like me then studying in the dorm room won’t cut it. You literally have to take yourself out of your comfort zone in order to push yourself to study or else you’ll be laying in your bed, knocked out!

But on this specific day, my friends and I decided to head out in search of the dog cafe. With all three of us being respective pet owners, all of us were getting homesick and just wanted to spend some time with a few cuddly friends.

Located in Hapjeong, the Bauhouse (Dog Cafe) is home to wonderful cuddly friends just waiting for you. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by staff and a swarm of smaller dogs. As we made our way to the back, we entered into the room dedicated to the bigger dogs.

Personally, I’ve never been so many big dogs. And compared to the smaller dogs, they have so much more energy and it was pretty intimidating. But the admission itself into the cafe was free, you just had to order a drink – it’s required.

But we ended up spending roughly 3 to 4 hours there; we eventually retreated to the area where the smaller dogs were because personally, they were much more calm for our taste. But being able to cuddle and pet the dogs was what we needed. Although its not the same thing as having your own pet, it was enough to get us by for the next few weeks before coming back!

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