Cat cafes. I have always wanted to go to one ever since the craze started in Asia several years ago. The U.S. has since gotten on the animal cafe train but due to food safety issues the American "cat cafes" consistent of grabbing coffee in one room and then going into a cat shelter next door. So I was excited to finally experience the real thing and it was everything I had imagined and more!
There seems to be a cat cafe on every street in Seoul. The one we chanced upon required removing shoes before going inside and sanitizing hands for the safety of the cats. Once inside you can pet, but not pick up, the animals. This one had an entry fee o 10,000 WON per person (~$10) and came with one free drink. Inside was super relaxing, quiet and surprisingly clean for having about 10 cats lounging around!
For an extra fee, you can buy a small pack of chicken to feed the cats. This was a surefire way to get all the felines in the cafe running over to you and gently swatting at your arms or climbing onto your lap for a favored treat!
Aside from cat cafes, we also passed a puppy cafe (closed), sheep cafe (!) and raccoon cafe (?!).