It is true that there is a Korean soup that uses dog meat, but this isn't what a dog cafe is for. A Korean dog cafe is a place where dog owners and dog lovers can bring their dogs, play with dogs, and enjoy dogs while sipping on over-priced coffee drinks and shakes.
I have a beautiful chocolate lab back home, and I've missed her terribly while I've been over here. Going to Caffé Pawz in Gangnam helps to alleviate that once in a while. For the long-time residents of Seoul, this is a place where they can go with their dogs and not have to worry about stares from people on the subway. I imagine the dogs get antsy inside the city apartments, so an open space like this (even though there isn't grass) must be a welcome change.
As the Bridge Paperzine mentions in their article on pet places around Seoul, the cafe doesn't smell like dog. There is plenty of space and seating, a concrete floor for easy mess clean up, and plenty of pooches to watch. Both times I've been, the majority of the dogs were the small toys you see girls toting on the posh streets of Apgujeong, but there are always a couple big fellas which soothe my craving for "real dogs."
|This is the cafe area.|
|There's always a few dogs who want to play with every other dog in the area. Sometimes they'll just amuse themselves which each other and stay clear from the people.|
|As much as it's a place for people to relax, the dogs love chilling, too.|
|This beautiful husky was a celebrity with the customers.|
|I stopped in my tracks and gasped when I saw this creature. (No joke.) What. The heck. Is it? Ewok + bear + puppy + mouse?|
|We all wanted to play with the dogs, but the chairs are there for us to sit in and to wait for a dog to approach us, I think.|
|Lucy made my day.|
|You're allowed to hold the puppies and to let them up on the table, by the way.|
|Australian shepherds are always gorgeous. This one napped most of the time I was there.|
|Just so you know, the dogs will wrangle themselves inside the kitchen area sometimes. But, if you've been in Korea for a while, you probably don't mind as you've seen worse. (Urinals in the kitchen, anyone? Bathroom sink next to the burners?)|
|The fella lives at the cafe with a few others. Every time I see him I melt.|
If you check it out, let me know how it goes! And, for you who are in the States, do you think this idea would take off back home?
Caffé Pawz is located at Gangnam-gu Yeoksam-dong 834-8.