WHEW! I’m dedicating this FINAL update on Seoul to our fave neighborhood, Hongdae, a.k.a. the youthful artsy fartsy area.
So much funky, bright graffiti.
I don’t know what I was expecting Seoul to be like, but I definitely wasn’t anticipating it to have SO many kitsch little cafes and independent shops and vintage stores; it really felt European at times.
There is a plethora of independent coffee shops in Hongdae; they take coffee SERIOUSLY in Korea, like WAY serious. Our favorite was Cook&Book, a vegan coffee shop nestled down an alleyway in a residential area of Hongdae; once again, we had to rely on our smartphones to find this place.
The place is owned and operated by one lady and her puppy; her baking studio is adjacent to the coffee shop, so when she wasn’t serving customers she was in her kitchen baking more goodies! Her brownies were THEE best.
Along with the coffee shops, Hongdae is renowned for its shopping areas selling vintage, trendy, and quirky stuff.
TOO MUCH CUTE STUFF. I don’t know how I am going to save any money living here ;-;
Shopping, shopping, shopping.
We had about $20 left by our last day in Seoul, so we decided to spend it wisely…
…by visiting a puppy cafe, obvs! This one is just across the street from Hongik University; it didn’t have an English name, but I think in Korean it’s ‘Sangsang Dabang.’ There were loads of signs out front advertising ‘puppy cafe,’ anyway, so it’s pretty easy to spot!
I think this is my favorite puppy cafe yet; there were only small – medium dogs, which was a good thing considering that the place isn’t massive, and there were lots of secluded spaces with dog beds and houses where the puppies could go to take a break from all the socializing!
They also had THREE Schnauzers! ♥
Such a sweetie!
The best part about this puppy cafe was the blankets! There was a big pile of fuzzy blankets on a shelf at the back of the cafe, so you could grab one, or two, and drape them over yourself on the floor. The dogs went NUTS for the blankets, because they have their doggy smells all over them (I guess that’s kind of gross, but it really worked, and definitely made the dogs so relaxed and happy). It’s a wonderful idea when you think of how many new smells puppy cafe dogs are confronted with every day.
We came to the cafe just as it was opening for the day, so we got to see the dogs getting their breakfast. They were all really well-behaved and waited patiently to be directed towards their food bowls.
There were two Cocker Spaniels in this cafe, and both of them had to wear these ridiculous-looking head scarfs.
At first I thought it was just another weird Korean canine accessory, but they were actually to keep the Cockers’ ears from getting into their food! It worked, because these were the cleanest Cockers I’ve ever met, no cheesey doggy smell whatsoever. The dogs all got their faces cleaned when they finished eating, too; definitely a pile of well-looked after pooches!
Everyone wanted Eoin’s attention!
I honestly didn’t intentionally pile this many blankets on top of me! Some of the dogs carried their blankets around the cafe with them, so when they came to sit on me they dropped their blankets on my lap, and I ended up with loads by the time we were getting ready to leave!
None of the dogs wanted to play with this cone-head, so sad!
I wanted to take this little baby home SO BADLY.
I think I may have to start another blog purely for my puppy cafe outings. I just can’t get enough of them!
Well, that’s all for now, folks! We’re heading back down to Busan this weekend for a baseball game, so I’ll have another update for you soon!