South Korea is famous for its vast variety of hip theme cafes. Especially the capital of Seoul has been luring visitors in with its almost bizarre choice of themed coffee houses ranging from cafes where you can dress up as a princess, drink and eat everything shaped like Hello Kitty, or even enter the wizardly world of Harry Potter and drink a butterbeer. However, one kind of cafe seems to be always the favorite: animal cafes! With cat and dog cafes already “too mainstream”, now it’s all about “exotic”. Blind Alley Cafe is a place where you can pet raccoons in Seoul! (Check out my awesome Seoul itinerary)
Here’s why you must absolutely visit the raccoon cafe in Seoul!
You get to pet and play with two super cute raccoons
The cafe, called Blind Alley, is home to two adorable raccoons: a light gray one and a dark one. During your time at the cafe, you are free to play with and pet the raccoons. Their owner, a Korean lady who also owns the cafe, provides you with snacks you can feed them directly in your hand. The two can get quite feisty and even pull your hair or try to take things out of your pocket! Lots of raccoon play time fun guaranteed!
Food and drinks are kept in a separate area
The good thing about this cafe is that, unlike in many other cafes where the animals are literally sharing the table with you, at Blind Alley, the raccoons are kept in their own separate area. This gets even better since this area features a glass wall so you can watch the raccoons while you are enjoying your drink or snack in the cafe area. This set-up is especially hygienic and also keeps the little fellas away from danger or causing trouble with the guests or even in the kitchen. On top of that, the owner really seems to know what she is doing and how to handle the raccoons. They seem really comfortable at the cafe and seem to really love their owner!
Enjoy affordable drinks AND play with raccoons
Many animal cafes overcharge you on the experience. However, at Blind Alley, the drinks and snacks offered cost around the same price as in other regular cafes and you are not charged extra to be able to see and play with the raccoons! I’ve seen many people simply coming to the cafe to hang around and chill or even work on their laptops. The entire cafe gives off a really relaxed vibe and having the raccoons there seems more like a bonus than the actual marketing strategy for the cafe.
The Raccoons Are Nocturnal
I don’t know about you but when I’m out in Seoul or in any other city on a trip for that matter, I prefer to check out historical sites and museums during the day since they usually have really early closing times. Then after dinner, I like to venture out and explore the city’s entertainment options. This is where Blind Alley gets really convenient. Since raccoons are nocturnal, it’s actually better to visit the cafe in the evening hours. The opening hours of the cafe are 9 AM – 10:30 PM, but the raccoons are only really active after nightfall which makes for the ideal location to end a stressful sightseeing day.
Easily Accessible Location
To get to the cafe, simply get off at Sookmyung Women’s University Station. Take exit 10, make a U-turn and take the first right. Keep following this street for about 5 minutes, passing through the tunnel and crossing at the intersection. Blind Alley will be on your right, before you reach the university campus. There are also a couple of good restaurants in the area around the cafe where you can grab dinner before getting your drink and petting your raccoons.
Put Blind Alley on your Seoul bucket list!
I’ve been to Blind Alley twice so far and cannot wait to go back soon. It’s a fun cafe where you not only get to relax and enjoy delicious beverages of all sorts but also pet two adorable raccoons! If you are coming to Seoul anytime soon, you should definitely check out this awesome location!