Time to cue Seoul’s newest and hottest trend for the summer: the Meerkat Cafe in Hongdae! Korea is already a million years past the dog and cat cafe trend, and has reinvented a good time in the form of exotic animals. Now you can meet the real Timon from The Lion King. What is life?
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About the Meerkat Cafe Experience
Upon entering the cafe, you are required to remove your shoes and purchase a drink. No children under the age of 15 are allowed for the protection of the animals and safety of the children. Meerkats are very sensitive and docile creatures. Any terrible experience can easily traumatize them.
Once you take in the surrounding of the cafe, you’ll notice the large windows perfect for selfies and photos. The walls are painted soft colors to set a relaxing mood and there are many tables throughout the area. Dispersed throughout the cafe are toys and little houses of all sorts to keep the animals feeling safe and happy. In the middle of the cafe are two meerkat play pens and you are allowed to enter to for about ten minutes (depending on the condition of the animals).
Before entering the play pen, your hands are sanitized and you are given a sheet to put on your lap for when the meerkats come to play. You’re not allowed to pick them up or have random objects in your pockets.
These adorable creatures are extremely fast and love to play. Sometimes the staff will even give you their toys so you and the meerkats can have an enjoyable experience. You can pet these furry babies and let me tell you, they are soft.
In addition to the 12 meerkats in the cafe, they also have an Arctic Fox, raccoon, kitten, wallaby, and a South African Genet. I’ve never seen a Genet up close and I think it’s such an amazingly beautiful and agile creature.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wrecked because meerkats love to dig. By nature, they begin to forage when they’re one month old. Digging is an innate instinct they use to create burrows, get food or create dust clouds to distract predators.
Can’t get enough of these adorable animals? The Meerkat Cafe has an Instagram so you can get your daily explosions of cute.
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Drinks are priced from 8,000 – 11,000 won. Included in the price is the entrance fee which helps take care of the animals and run the cafe.
How To Get There
Take Line 2 (the green line) to Hongik University Station and walk out exit 9. Walk down one block until you get to the major intersection, cross the street and turn left. Walk down three blocks and turn right when you see the pharmacy after the Lotteria. Go up the alleyway and make a slight left. You’ll see it on your right. (Or you can just be lazy and type in Sang Sang Puppy Cafe in Google Maps. It’s right next door.)
Address: 19-12 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (3rd floor)
마포구 와우산로21길 19-12 (3층)
Hours: 12 pm – 9:45 pm
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