Back when we were in the rainy season, my friends and I almost got caught in a torrential downpour while looking for a café in the Hongdae area of Seoul. We ducked down a side alley at the sight of was seemed to be a rabbit cafe and, lo and behold, we came across the newest pet cafe in the area – Bunny Cafe!
If you’ve ever been to a dog café (or a cat café, if they’re more your thing) then you’ll know how wonderful it is to be surrounded by happy, healthy animals. I could spend hours at my favourite dog café, just sitting and watching the puppers. And this is exactly how I felt at Bunny Cafe.
Down the rabbit hole…
The rabbits all seemed happy and healthy with soft, full coats. There are 13 bunnies to choose from, and, after putting your belongings in a locker, sanitising your hands and putting on an apron, you can sit in an enclosure and have bunny cuddles for up to an hour.
I chose Willow, a grey, lop-eared rabbit, while my friends chose Oreo (semi lop-eared – I know, it’s confusing for the owners too!) and a rabbit pairing of Cafe Latte and Cappuccino who were adorable. We took photos with them, had occasional cuddles, and just enjoyed watching them hop around and relax outside their cages.
My rabbit café tips:
- Be quiet, calm, and stay low. If the bunny jumps from a height it can injure its legs, and being noisy will scare it away. (So no bunny cuddles for you!)
- Rabbits poo…a lot! We were there for half an hour and they had to sweep up twice, from only four rabbits! However, that’s why you have an apron, and the poo is small, hard and doesn’t smell, so don’t worry about it.
- Food was the best thing to keep them close to us, and helps to prolong a cuddle! So I recommend you pay for the rabbit food that they offer. Plus, they are so flipping cute when they eat!
- Take lots of pictures…but no flash! It’s bad for the rabbits’ eyes, and it’ll scare them.
The café was very clean and calm, and the owners – a lovely Korean lady and her English (represent) husband – are super nice; they even hung out and chatted with us as we sat with the bunnies. It’s clear to see that they care a lot for their rabbits. They know all their personalities very well, give them lots of cuddles, and know exactly how the bunnies love to be fussed.
Bunny Cafe is on the bottom floor of a guesthouse run by the same couple, and when we visited both had only been open for a couple of weeks! Although we were the only people there on Sunday evening, there were several posts across Instagram to suggest that we were by no means the first to discover the cafe, and there were various groups of people coming in and out of the guesthouse while we were there. I’ve also seen on social media that they’ve been doing really well since, so I’m pleased for them!
Unlike a regular café, they don’t serve food or drinks, but they can instead be bought at a vending machine outside the café. Understandably, this is not allowed inside the rabbit pens, but you can enjoy them sat at a table in their lovely outdoor area, or perched on a chair shaped like a bunny, if you so wish!
How to get there & how much it costs:
You can find Bunny Cafe at Hongik University station (Line 2, Airport Railroad & Gyeongui-Jungang Line) Exit 8, at 347-3 Seogyo-dong, Hongdae, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04503, open 1pm-11pm every day. It costs 5,000W for 30mins, or 8,000W for a full hour, plus 2,000W for a bowl of food which I highly recommend.