Now that I have cats of my own, I don’t really feel the need to go to cat cafes anymore. However, before that point, I managed to visit a rather insane number of them. This post is about a cat cafe called Cat’s Attic in the hip district of Hongdae in Seoul (South Korea). Like many hidden gems in Asia, this cafe is hidden upstairs in a rather plain looking building. Although you can see the sign outside with a silhouette of a cat.
Once inside, the atmosphere is upbeat and friendly. The decor is somewhere between a New York loft and a kid’s playroom. Everything is bright and colorful but still calm and spacious. Cat’s Attic is home to more than twenty cats! I could hardly believe the number! But it doesn’t feel crowded at all because the space is so big. There’s room for visitors to play with the cats on the floor and the tables are spread quite far away from each other so it’s not at all awkward.
The cats themselves are all purebreds, as far as I could tell. It was fun to see some varieties that I’d never seen in real life before. They weren’t super energetic, as is usual with cat cafe residents. They seem to get worn out from all the human interaction. However, you could purchase snacks at the counter to make the cats interact more with you.
The entrance fee when I went was around 8000 won which includes a drink. You can bring your drink into the area with the cats, unlike some cafes which keep them separate. Some people might find this off putting, but as a person who cohabits with two very fluffy cats – I’m used to a few hairs in my drinks.