Seoul: Café GioCat

28 Oct

As a cat lover who never had an opportunity to keep a pet cat, Café GioCat in Hongdae is a godsend for people like me. You get to play with cats, observe their behaviour in a group setting, revel in their cuteness, take pictures with them and yet not be burdened with the less fun stuff like cleaning their poop.

This is the lowdown so you would feel less awkward than I did when I went, especially since we were the only foreigners and non-teenage girl there and language is a serious barrier in Korea. You change into their slippers for hygiene reasons, sanitise your hands if you want, purchase a ticket at a vending machine at the entrance which qualifies you for a drink, stash your belongings in their lockers (to prevent cat damage) and the staff will make read some rules on what not to do (like no feeding, no flash photography etc.). Then be prepared to be greeted by a clowder of cats – at least 30 of them chasing imaginary mice, feeding, disturbing each other, sleeping or lazing around on the cat posts and chairs.


This particular one was very energetic and naughty, it kept picking a fight with the other cats and even toppled this chair. Definitely the class bully equivalent with ADD.

This regal looking one was my favourite though it barely moved an inch on the cat post in the hour we were there. Self-proclaimed king of the jungle.

I love long-haired cats! How cute is this face?

This one lay snug on my lap for a good half an hour until I had to get up, and was my “adopted” cat for the night.

Overall, it was an interesting and therapeutic experience but probably something I would try only once. Btw, the smell wasn’t as funky as I expected. The staff must put in a lot of work to keep it clean and a stress free environment for their stars. And the drinks we redeemed were decent too.

Price: $ (8,000W for entry)
Location: Hongik Univ. Station, Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit #9. On the same street as Smoothie King. It’s opposite the park where they have performances and art fairs. It is in the same building as a bar with a “Live Jazz” signboard. Seoul-si Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 358-92 3F.

4 Responses to “Seoul: Café GioCat”

  1. Modern Seoul October 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    This place looks crazy, 30+ Cats running around, I’ve been to the one in Gangnam but this looks bigger and more active. Great post, thanks for sharing.

    • chowandthecity October 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

      thanks, glad you like it! when i was in myeongdong i saw them advertising another cat cafe too but i cldn’t find it. didn’t know there were so many ard!

  2. Tracy June 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Get out of exit 9!!! They changed the numbers. My friend and I were so confused we walked all the way to the airport railway exits to find Exit 6!! Don’t do that! X.x

    • chowandthecity June 30, 2012 at 12:16 am #

      thanks for the tip! will change it :) no wonder i got lost also following tt direction (got it off the tourism website i think). anyway are u tracy won? or lim? :)

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